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Ah-h-h-h, the signs of spring are all around us. Spring has surely “sprung” and we see the breathtakingly beautiful flowers, giving off their pleasant fragrance, and the trees in gorgeous bloom. Everything around us looks so different, sounds different, feels different and even smells different.

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We have been looking at Peter’s formula for being partakers of God’s divine nature. The ultimate desire of a Christian should be to be more like Christ (that is what being a Christian means). Peter clearly lays out the steps that are necessary for us to grow in Christ. Peter began with the e…

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Ramona Gordon, Independence County Extension agent for home economics, will receive a National Association of Extension Home Economists Communications Award on Thursday at the group’s annual meeting in Missouri.

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Author’s Note: After this was written, the IRS announced that it was delaying this year’s 1040 filing deadline until May 15, 2021. The State of Arkansas followed suit as well. The other April 15 deadlines referred to below are also delayed, so the ideas presented are still relevant to the fi…

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. We all understand that the best way to prevent the abuse of children is to strengthen families. Today I’d like to share the story of state employees whose intervention stabilized a family and allowed a mother to keep her children.

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The field of Personal Care is a greatly rewarding field to work in. Some would say it’s a labor of love and definitely not for the faint of heart.

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COVID-19 disrupted a lot of goals this year – including Christie Erwin’s, who’s trying to reduce to zero the number of kids in Arkansas waiting to be adopted.

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sports embodied the optimism we all shared for better days ahead. Now, unfortunately, we are seeing just how eager some are to use them as a tool to advance agendas and narratives that should stay in the realm of politics and as far removed as possible from …

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What difference does it make? We just celebrated Easter. What difference does it make, and especially, what difference does it make in your life? If we celebrate something, then it must be important and there is nothing more important than the resurrection of Jesus the Christ (Christ is His …

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Folks, I’m sure we all recall last Easter when we were unable to meet in our churches to celebrate one of the greatest spiritual holidays of the year due to COVID-19. Well, I’m just going to go ahead and say it: “It was one amazing Glory Hallelujah day at our church last Sunday--Easter Sunda…

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Author’s Note: After this was written, the IRS announced that it was delaying this year’s 1040 filing deadline until May 15, 2021. The State of Arkansas followed suit as well. The other April 15 deadlines referred to below are also delayed, so the ideas presented are still relevant to the fi…

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This time last year, I knew COVID-19 was a serious threat, but I was confident if we pulled together as a state and nation, then we could over time defeat the virus.

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A few weeks a go there was an article in the paper about Governor Hutchinson’s intent to grant a pardon for felony crimes committed by a certain Joshua Karns of Batesville Ark.

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There are several personal care agencies out there. And despite what anyone tells you, you always have a right to choose which one is right for you. This past week, a client, who was unhappy with her current agency, told me that her agency (that she is unhappy with) told her that if she chan…

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Close to 500 bills have been signed into law so far during the 2021 Regular Session.

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This Sunday, Christians will celebrate one of the greatest and most glorious events in human history – the day we call Easter.

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Add knowledge. That seems simple enough. This world is full of information. We even call this the “information age.” We can pick up our smart phones and google any subject that we can imagine.

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Congress took aggressive action last year to respond to the public health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a matter of days, Republicans and Democrats came together to unanimously pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This historic bill d…

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‘All politics is local,” the late U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill said, but that was the 1970s and ’80s. Were he alive today, he’d probably have to concede it’s now, “All politics is cultural.”

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I have been inspired by the remarkable Arkansas stories of resilience in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last week I signed Senate Bill 107, which requires high school students to take at least one computer science course in order to graduate.

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‘Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool” (Isaiah 66:1). God is omnipotent. He is in control. His fingerprints are on all the universe, and He dwells with us. “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in t…

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“And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power” (1 Corinthians 6:14). Jesus came to earth to save us. We came into the world under the curse of sin because Adam sinned and passed the sin nature on to his descendants. Our bodies will die and our souls would …

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The urgency for expanded broadband deployment is unmistakable. High-speed internet has become a necessity that has kept Arkansans connected throughout the COVID-19 emergency. Telework, distance learning and expanded telehealth opportunities exposed the pronounced need communities in Arkansas…