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Get the Point: Clear the floor; it's time for couples only

August 14, 2013

By David Hughes

Growing up in the simpler times of Benton’s ‘50s and ‘60s meant a fairly limited repertoire of activities for the kids.
By “kids” I encompass a fairly wide age group including high-grade elementary through high school. Last week, we reminisced about how much the pool meant to us because it was a place to cool off and also be “seen” by one’s peers.
There was another place which offered more or less year-round fun except that instead of staying cool, everyone wanted to “look” cool and also be noticed: the skating rink.

Sense and Nonsense: A birthday means a whole lot more than physical age

August 13, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Birthdays mean different things to different people.
Remember how excited you'd be as a kid to know a birthday was coming up and you'd be anticipating presents and parties and such?
I was such a naive child that I didn't realize many children didn't have those niceties, and thankfully with many more birthdays that followed, I wised up and realized there truly is more joy to giving to others than getting for oneself.

Benton not keeping pace with county's growth rate

August 13, 2013

By Steve Boggs

During last week’s Benton Chamber of Commerce Summit event, leaders from the pillars of this community gave updates on their institutions and some insight on challenges facing them in the future. Themed “Come Grow With Us,” the summit was designed to position the city of Benton as an area on the verge of a substantial growth spurt.

Shelby Says: Pigskin and pride

August 7, 2013

By Shelby Woodall

It is in every true American’s blood. When August hits, you cannot help but feel a sliver of anxiety course through your body when the first high school game is around the bend.
Maybe it is the flicker of the Friday night lights or it is the chill every fan gets when the winning touchdown is scored.
No matter what your favorite part of football is, it is undeniable that this is a great American pastime that has been shared throughout the ages.
Some of the greatest sports coaches in history belonged to America’s football teams.

Get the Point: Tyndall Park Pool memories: Lessons, fear, fun, camaraderie

August 6, 2013

By David Hughes

Looks like the new splash pad park is a big hit, but compared to the fun we had as kids at the Tyndall Park Pool – it’s got be “… like kissin’ your sister ... ”
I don’t mean to denigrate the effort and treasure put into the attraction, but let’s face it – it DOES have a limited attention span for children, young folks and parents.

Sense and Nonsense: Shirley: Why did you have to tell us all that stuff?

August 5, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

In the mid-1990s I had the privilege of interviewing actress Shirley Jones.
She had been my movie heroine for many years, so I was thrilled when she came to Little Rock for a promotional event that included the showing of "Oklahoma!," the marvelous movie she made with Gordon MacRae.
I don't remember the arrangements that made it possible for me to spend time with her, but I do know I jumped at the opportunity.
The "Oklahoma!" showing in LR was at the old Cinema 150, which was a delightful venue for the days when I was a frequent viewer of Hollywood's offerings.

Shelby Says: Is Paula Deen done?

July 31, 2013

By Shelby Woodall

If you channel into the Food Network, you may just be welcomed with a resounding, “Hey y’all!” Or will you? Paula Deen is a well-known and arguably well-loved celebrity chef whose signature mediums are butter and Southern charm.
Recently, Deen has undergone some hate because of alleged racial slurs and behavior.

Sense and Nonsense: Ice cream still tops the list for summer treats

July 30, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

You may not know this, but July is National Ice Cream Month. Other than the flag, could anything possibly be more American than ice cream?
As an ice cream zealot, I proudly take up the familiar chant of "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream."
Don't know who coined that, but it's a gem.
I'm proud there's a designated time to celebrate ice cream, but for me it never goes out of season. The mercury can dip well below the freezing mark, but I still enjoy the taste of this treat — summer, winner, springtime and fall.

DAVIS: Timing is everything

July 30, 2013

Sometimes, it's not what you do, but when you do it that makes all the difference. The evidence to support this statement can be found in history and all around us.
In recent weeks, a movement to take Saline County from dry status to a wet county has been forming. This isn't the first time an effort regarding alcohol in the county has been knocked around and likely won't be let last, regardless of the outcome. If the effort is successful, somewhere down the line of history, an attempt to revert back to dry status will gain momentum.

What happens while you're making other plans

July 24, 2013

By Jennifer Joyner

I remember my mother’s 32nd birthday pretty well. This is partly because she — sweet lady that she is — kept the birthday card my brother and I made her hanging on her bedroom wall for several years.
It was a large card, made with poster board instead of paper.
It featured a picture I drew of my mother with a humongous cake.
The only parts of her that were visible in the drawing were her legs behind the huge cake, and there was a little caption bubble that read: “Who turned out the lights???”

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