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Generational Thinking

Generational Thinking

Guest Written by Dr. Mark Gotcher, Russellville School District Superintendent Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials… these are names given to the last set of generational groups in modern history. Depending on what researcher you’re reading, the last millennial graduated from high school in 2017. So who is in our classrooms today? Who are […]

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The good old days

The good old days

Guest written by Cliff Thomas “I just don’t understand kids these days”. The first time this thought occurred to me was when my daughter was a teenager. She had some friends over and we were all playing a video game in which you take down rival gangs by being a more successful criminal. The topic […]

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The Best Gift

The Best Gift

May, the season for graduations: a time for ceremonious goodbyes and nerve-racking beginnings. Whether you are a graduating high school senior or a college graduate, I understand your apprehension and excitement of being on the brink of starting anew. I first graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2015 with a journalism degree and now two years […]

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Is this thing on?

Is this thing on?

Guest written for ABOUT by Rufus Elam At the heart of a good April Fools joke, the goal is to get a real laugh. The kind of laugh that comes deep from within and catches you by surprise. Getting that genuine laugh from others has always intrigued me.  From the time I was in first […]

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The Girl Outside of Blass

The Girl Outside of Blass

Guest written by John R. Pledger, Jr. Little did I know that when I went to my new job I would meet a girl who grew up on a street only one block from the street I grew up on. I grew up on Highway 10 in Danville, and she grew up on Ohio Street […]

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A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Guest Written by Cynthia Callahan Live Generously.  As a member of Zion Lutheran Church at Augsburg, a Rotarian, a Pope County Habitat for Humanity board member and a Thrivent Financial Representative, I spend much of my time helping people live generously by connecting them with community needs.  Americans are generous people who are more than […]

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Inroad

Inroad

Guest Written by Dr. Robin Bowen A glimpse of the future was available at the corner of West L Street and North El Paso Avenue on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 1. It was there, on the parking lot at the former Taco Villa location, that the Arkansas Tech University community and the Russellville community […]

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A Fair Amount of Fun

A Fair Amount of Fun

Guest written for ABOUT by Chris Zimmerman The Pope County Fair has always been more to me than just rides, treats, and games I can never win.  Sure, that was alway a big part of it, but my best memories come from the sounds, smells, and memories of the livestock barn. I grew up in […]

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Checking Boxes

Checking Boxes

Guest Written for ABOUT by Liz Chrisman By and large, humans prefer order and categories that fall into checkboxes of choices. Some of mine would include caucasian, female, under 30, artist, and Arkansas. “Tattooed” or “not tattooed” isn’t usually an option. But, if presented with, I would darken the bubble next to “tattooed.” Initiation into […]

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Service to country can take many forms

Service to country can take many forms

Guest written by Dr. Russ Hall President of the River Valley chapter of the Military Officers Association of America This short essay is being written by a person that loves this country more than anywhere else on this earth. After graduating from ATU, I served seven years in the Air Force as a pilot. A […]

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