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  1. The New Kid in Town

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    March 15, 2012 by wcobserver

    GREENLAND – At 25 years old, Pastor Jeff Jones may seem to some like just a boy, but he’s a man of God. In fact, as the Free Will Baptist Church’s newest pastor, he’s the man of God. Jones began serving as the church’s pastor on Dec. 1, replacing the long-serving Pastor Lester Shadrick, who retired. So what’s it like being the pastor, especially one so young? “This is arguable, but I really feel my generation has a whole lot more stuff they have to struggle with than the previous generation,” Jones said. “And that might not be true, but in some respects there’s a lot more temptation to fall into ruin in your life. … like a lot of people are crying out for help in a lot of ways.” Jones said guiding a congregation with many members much older than himself certainly has its challenges, but they’re nothing that can’t be over come through faith. “I think there’s always going to be some sort of generational gap. I think a lot of time, the challenge is — for me — what am I going to preach on that these people haven’t already heard? And that’s the inevitable temptation,” …

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  2. Party Planning Gets ‘Loco’

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    March 15, 2012 by Terry Ropp

    About a year ago, I wrote a column about a dinner at my house with the planners of the National Outstanding Young Farmers Awards Congress, which took place in early February this year. About 200 farmers at- tended, but the interesting part is what took place behind the scenes. Larry was the “on-site” man and solved many of the last minute issues. One issue was getting people to help serve as ambassadors on Thursday night at the welcome party. He asked around and got West Fork residents Calvin Tackett and Dr. Lloyd Keck as well as Prairie Grove residents Tony Cunningham and Serea Clark along with her three children Madison, Garrett, and Ethan to help. The three men walked around and greeted people while Serea and her children helped pass out a table full of welcome gifts donated by local merchants and organizations. The biggest issue had to do with music for the Friday night Mexican fiesta. Larry thought he had the live Mexican music arranged about two months before the event. As the night approached and he couldn’t reconfirm, he got the feeling that the no one would show up or tell us ahead of time – which was …

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  3. 100 Years of Home and Garden

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    March 15, 2012 by Annie McCormick

    WINSLOW – The County Extension Homemakers’ Council started in Washington county in 1912 with a $1500 grant from the USDA. A part of the University of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service, its goal was to educate residents with home demonstrations of canning, sewing, gardening and introducing new practices or technology to homemakers and farmers. Winslow resident Billie Sue Hughes believes the charter in Winslow started in 1962. She joined in 1964 or 1965 where she took classes on canning. She said the county office, which is now located at the Washington County Fairgrounds property, can teach you about whatever it is you want to learn from knitting to planting. The Win- slow group includes Ellen Center, Shirley Nesbitt and Fleeta Clark. “There’s so many old women. I don’t know what the average age is, but it’s oooooold,” laughs Hughes. She thinks the youngest member is in her 60s. She says that women retire and want something to do or want to learn something new. The group has always had an average of ten members. The monthly meeting is in the daytime so the ladies don’t have to drive at night. They are also a non-profit service organization. Their main source of …

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  4. Protecting Against Disability

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    March 15, 2012 by Milton Jones

    It is sometimes said that the Insurance Business is divided between those who insure Property Values and those who insure Human Life Values. What do we mean when we say Human Life Values? Life & Health Agents are fond of saying that we protect against the risks associated with Premature Death, Disability, and Old Age. One of them is sure to get you! We can’t insure that these things won’t hap- pen, but we can arrange to replace some of the lost income. It’s really a matter of Time and Money. We trade our time for money, and live on the money until we run out of time, or lose our ability to work. Of the three risks mentioned, Disability is often the most economically devastating. It sounds cruel, but if you die your family can bury you and get on with their life. If you’re disabled, your paycheck has died but you are still a consumer. Chances of becoming disabled are about three times higher than for premature death. A leading cause of fore- closed homes is disability of the bread-win- ner. So how can insurance compensate for a dis- ability? Different types of coverage include: (1) Liability settlements …

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  5. Stuck in the Middle with You

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    March 15, 2012 by Alison Grisham

    Nobody ever strives to be in the middle. We all want to be king of the hill, head of the class, or first in the race. It’s natural. That’s where all the breathing room is and where most people make their mark. No one celebrates mediocrity, so the middle has gotten a bad wrap for years. I blame the Middle Ages for setting the tone. I mean, really, besides Gutenberg there weren’t many intellects over an en- tire 400-year period. In fact, the most notable thinkers of the time only excelled in one area — torture. You couldn’t find a sage, scholar or savant who wanted to get mixed up in indoor plumbing. But a secret society of medieval sadists, well sign me up, and together they managed to come up with 11 different ways to torture someone. This brain trust ushered in burning at the stake, drawing and quartering, dislocation torture and an occasional branding just to shake things up. But as if that weren’t enough, the Middle Ages also brought us feudalism and the Black Plague. So I guess the fear of being in the middle is, at least, rooted in some kind of historical substance. Years later, …

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  6. Ratings for 2012 Antivirus and Internet Security Suites

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    March 15, 2012 by Wes Eckles

    Tip 1 – PCMag has posted their test results of the latest 2012 anti-malware products. Two separate test results are available. One is for 14 antivirus programs and the other is for 14 internet security programs. In previous Tips of The Week, I pointed out the difference between the two. Antivirus pro- grams are less expensive and lack extra fea- tures included in suites. These programs are not free. The antivirus programs cost from $28 to $70, while the suites cost from $70 to $80. Most of these programs allow installation on three or four computers for one year. The top rated antivirus program and Editor’s Choice is a tie: Norton AntiVi- rus 2012 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus. Go here to see the charts and reviews for the 14 products. Again Norton Internet Security 2012 and Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete tied for top rated and Editor’s choice for the Internet Security Suites. Go here to see the test results for the 14 programs. Tip 2 – The latest hoax spreading by Facebook users concerns a picture of a sick boy in intensive care. The hoax claims that sharing a picture of a sick boy will grant him a heart transplant. Tip …

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  7. Grab the Quinoa, Mama, it’s Lent!

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    March 15, 2012 by Steven Worden

    “Remember, Oh Man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return” Millions of people around the world heard that charge as a thumb smudged an ashen cross on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. Not exactly an admonition that sends one scurrying to the mall to buy the newest boots. But, reminders of insignificance perhaps rarely inspire a frenzy of consumerism such as that which often accompanies the Christmas season. Still, some seasonal response might be forthcoming. Remarkably, in a materialistic society, a couple of weeks ago, some churches were jam-packed to overflowing as participants sought this sooty mark on the forehead. Maybe some meddlesome biting of the conscience led to a small realization of the need for more humility in their lives. Further, and in an even more bizarre twist, some people e even decided to make some sacrifice over the next six weeks by not consuming something. Talk about counter-cultural! As that titan of corporate advertising, Google, sharpens even further its knife-edged ability to collect detailed, highly specific information for eager marketers, some folks are actually choosing to consume less, to cut back on something. That’s just crazy talk. After all, we know religion to be oppressive …

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