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Teachers: Great role models even in small schools

June 16, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck

Teachers oftentimes are society's unsung heroes.
What profession is there that could possibly have a greater impact on more people than the one in which dedicated souls, day after day, year after year, decade after decade, mold young minds?
It's not likely that you will find them listed among the richest men/women in America or included on any similar listing, but teachers are indeed special.
It's good when school districts and various associations honor their teachers for their service and achievements because they are more than deserving.

A Millennial guide to friendship

June 12, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

The youngest generation always has a unique set of advantages and problems compared to the generations that came before.

I will argue that the young Millennial generation struggles with developing and maintaining relationships. We have graduated from college and have entered the “real world,” and it comes with several hard truths.

First of all, we are likely unprepared for our first jobs regardless of our top rate educations. Furthermore, now that we are out of school, new rules apply in ways they have never applied before. Friendships take a whole lot more work.

The world owes you nothing

May 29, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

DAVIS: Disappointed in both parties in Saline County

May 20, 2014

Early voting in Saline County ended yesterday, May 19. In the thirteen day span that sites were open for residents to submit early votes, 6,888 ballots were cast. Several questions arise from an analysis of these numbers.

Old-time telephone operators added charm to life

May 12, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck

It's a sign of the times. I don't think I can go anywhere these days without my cell phone.
I may not use it wherever I'm going, but I have convinced myself that I must have it. Numerous times I leave the office, only to return minutes later after discovering I failed to put it in my purse.
However, I'm among the hold-outs in one regard because I still have a land-line phone at home. Others have tried to convince me that I'm paying for something I really don't need, but I'm not ready to give it up. Not yet.

The return of the black panther

May 7, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck
A significant event is coming up Tuesday. That's the day the new Panther sculpture will be unveiled at Benton High School.
I've already seen the big black cat and, no two ways about it, he is impressive. Students, faculty, alumni, everyone should be proud of the edifice. Particularly those who worked so hard to bring it about.

Bomb threat: Blame the media

April 21, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

On Tuesday, Bryant Middle School was evacuated after a bomb threat was posted on the wall of a boys' bathroom stall. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in from the Little Rock Air Force Base and while no bomb was found on the premises, a student did confess to posting the threat.
There was some criticism by other journalists of the Courier staff for covering the bomb threat and one individual stated, "Maybe there wouldn't be so many bomb threats if the media stopped covering the bomb threats. Just saying."

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DAVIS: Stop the Insanity

April 18, 2014

Political pundits and candidates have often spoken of the "definition of insanity" as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." Mostly, the words are used to place an opponent in an unfavorable light. However, I feel it is a better description to what we are as voters.
We fall for the same tired slogans. We believe a candidate is going to "fight for us" or "protect seniors" or "stand for veterans." Each time we believe and each time we are let down.

Lent: Sacrifices noteworthy for those who persevere

April 15, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck

A lot of people in my acquaintance gave up certain things for Lent this year.
One friend focused on sugar. That's admirable and healthy besides. What happens after Easter is anyone's guess.
A relative periodically forgoes soft drinks during this period leading up to Easter. Every year she says she won't resume drinking them, but so far this hasn't held true.
Still, she makes a valiant effort for the 40 days. That's certainly more than I can boast of for even a single day.
I don't drink coffee. I don't drink alcohol. But I do drink caffeine-laden diet drinks.

Peach tree limb stirs memories from childhood

April 8, 2014

By: Lynda Hollenbeck

Thoughts on discipline have changed drastically since I was a child.
I managed to get all the way through childhood and my teenage years with no form of punishment meted out by my father.
This isn't to say I didn't deserve it. I probably earned it more times than I ever dreamed possible, but Honey was such a kind, gentle soul that he simply couldn't bear to inflict pain, physical or any other kind, on me.
This isn't to say that I escaped the early years unscathed. In the picture also was my mother, who did not shy away from discipline.

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