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Woody and Helen Lemings, at the store. Above them is a mounted Walleye, a 18 pound 9 ounce trophy Woody brought home. VBCD photo

Choctaw institution closes after 40 year run

Jun 28, 2016 3:47pm

With a turn of the key locking the front door at Woody’s Bait and Tackle at its close of business July 2, an era ends. Woody’s Bait and Tackle, a fixture for local outdoorsman, and a landmark off...

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Putting Words in Someone’s Mouth

Apr 05, 2016 6:01am

I recently saw a silly cartoon that gave me an idea for this column. The first frame showed two siblings sitting on the floor amidst piles of torn paper. The second frame showed the older of the...


Mar 22, 2016 6:01am

While I was growing up, the most fashionable day of the year was Easter Sunday where we showed off our new frocks and hats in church. No one wanted to wear a dress that had been worn before. If...

Submitted short fiction: The Understanding

Feb 23, 2016 6:01am

After forty years of teaching school, my husband finally decided to hang it up. He’d loved being the person who knew more than anyone else in the classroom. He must have been born to be an...

The Resignation of Sheriff Woods

Feb 09, 2016 6:01am

Sheriff Jim Woods, holding a manila envelope, got out of his Blazer and walked briskly toward the office. Inside, he sat down at his desk and tilted his hat a little. Opening the envelope, he...

This Week in Van Buren County History

Feb 09, 2016 6:00am

100 years ago this week:

The Van Buren County Circuit Court docket recorded in the Feb. 13, 1916 edition lists trials of two defendants for the offense of wearing a weapon, one for assault...

This Week in Van Buren County History

Jan 26, 2016 6:00am

100 Years ago this week:

In the Jan. 28, 1916 edition, there was a report of the visit of an E. Wadsworth of England. Wadsworth was in Clinton on business selling office furniture, which was...

Submitted short fiction: Crab Apple’s First Christmas

Dec 07, 2015 8:51pm

Standing in the snow, I looked through the window of the house next door. I saw the Christmas tree that Mrs. Andrews had put up in the corner beside her piano. The gifts were too many to count!...

Brenda Miles: My story in pink

Oct 12, 2015 7:52pm

This is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ladies. Have you had your mammogram? Oh, I know they aren’t high on our “fun to do list.” I’m sure many have heard the old joke about exercises that prepares...

A Time to Mourn

Aug 27, 2015 1:56pm

(In last week’s installment, a runaway teen and fears over the safety of a soldier consume a family. Here is the conclusion of Freeda Baker Nichols’ fictional short story.)

For a while,...

A Time to Mourn

Aug 21, 2015 8:54am

Rain pounded against the metal roof, not the usual comforting summer rain, but a heavy downpour. Candace moved from the armchair to the window and watched her older sister, Evelyn, open an...


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