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DAVIS: In Bryant, dysfunction goes from exception to rule

June 30, 2014

I want to make it clear from the outset that I do not find any particular joy in what you are about to read. The words that follow are not political, are not biased, nor are they meant to support or denigrate anyone.

I am simply putting forth an opinion.

Nothing more. Nothing less. An opinion that I believe is shared by a growing number of people.

PYKE: Reporters don't love tragedy

June 19, 2014

Bobbye Pyke

Tragedy makes up a large portion of the news.

The front page of most newspapers is plastered with stories about death, war, destruction and general mayhem.

These stories sell papers. They catch the eye. They draw you in. These stories keep us in business.

In general, these are stories that capture the attention of readers and provide content that interests them.

But these stories are also hard to write.

DAVIS: The gift of a father shapes the future

June 16, 2014

Seven years ago, a life changing event took place. One that set the course for a future that I did not see coming.

I lost my job.

I was 49.

My father was very sick at the time. Two years prior, he had been through several operations, radiation treatments and chemotherapy to stop a melanoma on his scalp from spreading. With me unemployed, he was headed toward six-weeks of chemotherapy five days a week. The cancer had spread from his scalp, through his skull and had reached the outer layers of his brain.

But watching him, a person would never know what he had been through.

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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