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DAVIS: The Scheme at the Kreme

November 22, 2013

A man walks into a donut shop with an envelope under his arm, beckoned by the glow of the “hot now” neon sign in the window.
“Hey, whatcha got there, fella?” asks a patron enjoying his morning cup of signature house decaf, a flavorful Central and South America blend with all of the taste, but none of the jitters.
“Say, friend. What I have here will change your life! Guaranteed to make you a household name in no time flat.” said the man as he patted the brown manila package with the palm of his free hand.

DAVIS: The parable of the running cat

November 1, 2013

When I was a little boy, my sister had a black cat. We weren’t a superstitious family at all, so the color was of no consequence to my parents, my brother, sister and me. It was a normal cat. It loved attention, up until the point when it was through with you and walked away.
The best that I recall, it was a happy cat as well. I don’t remember if it was male or female, but the gender is of no particular importance here.

Little boys and water can be a catastrophic mix

October 10, 2013

Lynda Hollenbeck

Children are fascinated with water — especially little boys. At least that was true for the two I raised.
Their sister had no interest in H2O except as a beverage or something to swim in. But Big Brother and Little Brother were different stories altogether, and the little one's antics made him somewhat of a legend in his own time.
Paul, the senior member of the trio, coined a new word for water. I just don't know how to write it.

Latest 'Wizard' stirs up memories from childhood and later years

October 10, 2013

Lynda Hollenbeck

It was a nasty day weather-wise and I wasn't sure I wanted to spend a couple of hours cooped up in a movie theater, even for a sure-fire entertainment hit like "The Wizard of Oz." It was showing at a Central Arkansas theater as part of a special anniversary showing and the invitation was tempting.
I had been in and out of the drizzle throughout the day and looked like something the cat had dragged in and rejected. Humid, rainy weather and redheads are not a good mix.

Humor, revelation abound in tributes left on gravestones

October 10, 2013

Lynda Hollenbeck

A trip to an old cemetery can provide some delightful commentary — some intentional, some obviously not.
Much humor is found in the messages left by past generations, which most planned as serious memorials, but instead provide priceless tributes years later.
Epitaphs, once the norm, are practically non-existent now. I find them fascinating.
My late spouse once told me that his choice for the eulogy on my final resting place should be: "She was an enigma, but I loved her."

Sense and Nonsense: Little boys and water can be a catastrophic mix

September 23, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

Children are fascinated with water — especially little boys. At least that was true for the two I raised.
Their sister had no interest in H2O except as a beverage or something to swim in. But Big Brother and Little Brother were different stories altogether, and the little one's antics made him somewhat of a legend in his own time.
Paul, the senior member of the trio, coined a new word for water. I just don't know how to write it.

Part I: Remembering Benton in its ‘wet days’

September 23, 2013

By Freddy Burton

On July 18, 1947, the voters of Saline County chose overwhelmingly (by 60 percent) to go from a wet county to a bone dry county. Ten years before they had decided to go dry on whiskey, but not on beer and wine.
Since I was born in 1947, I must rely upon those who are old enough to remember and stories and ads from the 1947 Benton Courier.
My father, Robert L. Burton Jr., was born in 1921. His mother died of TB and left my grandfather, Robert L. Burton Sr., with two sons, Robert and Ralph.

Sense and Nonsense: When a mop is not a mop, or cleaning a floor with only imagination

September 16, 2013

By Lynda Hollenbeck

I look forward to a serious mopping project with about the same degree of enthusiasm I reserve for surgery sans anesthesia or being rolled buck naked on a gurney around the courthouse square.
Domestic chores in general are not the sort of thing that get me revved up, but eventually, as they say in the commune, someone has to take out the garbage.
And so it goes with mopping at the House of Hollenbeck. The time comes when it has to be done.

DAVIS: The Next Sheriff

September 12, 2013

The Saline County Quorum Court met in special session this week. Nobody was surprised with the unanimous voice vote at the end of the meeting. With each JP in agreement, a quick “aye” began the “official” search for a Republican replacement for Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington. 
The predominantly Republican Quorum Court passed a resolution asking for Pennington to “resign effective immediately.” Before the vote, the court heard from two residents in support of keeping the sheriff. But the number in favor of ridding the office of the embattled lawman was larger and more vocal.

Razorbacks not the only team struggling to fill stadium for warm-up games

September 12, 2013

By Steve Boggs

It’s been interesting to hear the debate over whether to hold University of Arkansas football games in Little Rock each year. There were more than 9,000 unsold tickets for last Saturday’s game at War Memorial Stadium against Samford. The debate on sports talk radio centered on whether Little Rock is being “punished” by hosting an out-of-conference patsy game, rather than a marquee match-up.

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