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Old names along a meandering drive

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“Next morning we caromed across Lyon Township, named for the first Union general killed in the Civil War, at Wilson’s Creek. We passed Neeper, and the hill where the old Cracker-Neck School stood, and the site of an old place called A Bit Nation, so-called because the soil was so poor the government sold the land for a bit: 12.5 …

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…when a thousand words were more ready than a picture

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Two agonizing pages into The House of the Seven Gables, the spine on my book fell off. Should I keep reading? The book itself was old and brittle, stiff as its author’s language. But I kept reading, whereupon from the middle of its yellowed pages, an ominous bookmark fell out. Instantly I saw the words In Remembrance. America’s little shirt …

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12,000 Poles Down

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The storm spread a path of destruction through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. In two Bootheel counties alone, the ice toppled 12,000 telephone poles.

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SOS

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See this and you know you’re headed into hell. From a dozen states a bucket truck convoy as far as the eye could see.

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Nature Rocks the Bootheel

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Seven years ago this weekend the Ice Storm of 2009 rolled across northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, thick as Dusty’s beard.

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