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Old-time truck patchin'

How writing has changed over time

Subscriber onlyThe growth of farmer's markets in the communities of northwest Arkansas in recent years has been a very interesting development to me. I'm comparing the growers of today, who produce their goods in gardens and patches at home and bring their products to farmers' markets "in town," to the years ago folks I remember as the truck patchers of those days. Although in the years gone by almost everybody had a home garden, not everyone went to the greater extent to cultivate a truck patch, growing fresh produce for the market. These distinctions may not be precise, but I tend to think of a gardener as the person who cultivates a home garden plot to produce fresh produce for their own family. I think of a truck patcher as a person who devotes a small plot of ground, from an acre to a few acres, to growing garden-type produce, but which in this case is intended to be sold on the market. Continue reading...

Father's gentleness taught son about life

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: This is the sixth and final part to a column in honor of former TIMES publisher and editor, Jack Beisner, by his son, E. Calvin Beisner.I Never Knew My Father Continue reading...

Use of social media affects advertising

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- Tourism continues to be an important part of the Arkansas economy, and tourism officials continue to adapt their marketing strategies to meet the changes and challenges of promoting the state in national markets. Continue reading...

Teach children well

Subscriber onlySchool began this week in Pea Ridge and nearly 2,000 children returned to the four campuses in town. Hundreds of teachers, school administrators and staff have been working steadily to assure a productive and pleasant school year for the children entrusted to their care. Continue reading...

State changes means of evaluating school success

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- Many of the bills passed earlier this year took effect at the beginning of August, 90 days after the legislature officially ended the regular session on May 1. Continue reading...

End of life choices contemplated

Subscriber onlyIf we exclude the world of politics (and the focus on Trump's Tweets) the focal point of most of the news is on opportunities for a multitude of personal entertainment choices or on the opposite extreme the extent of violence in the world. This article is not intended to compete with those areas, but rather to point out that after our years in the pursuit of pleasure and as we feel the strain of aging creeping into our lives, we might need to consider how, given a choice, we might choose to end our life. Continue reading...

Correspondence by handwritten letters

How writing has changed over time

Subscriber onlyThe methods people use to correspond with others has changed greatly over the past several years. Many of the changes have taken place within my own lifetime, and often have gone in unexpected directions. Even within our own family, the most common method of corresponding over long distances was by handwritten letter. This was the case for us until the 1990s, when we began entering the era of electronic mail. I won't say that we as a family have fully changed over to newer electronic methods of communicating, because at least some of our family members still write letters, and in long-hand cursive, still maintaining some of the traditional emphasis on penmanship. Continue reading...

Owning Pea Ridge Graphic was dream come true

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: This is the fifth part to a column in honor of former TIMES publisher and editor, Jack Beisner, by his son, E. Calvin Beisner. Continue reading...