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Managing Editor Jillian Smith’s son, Ian, at 6 years old, wears a Batman costume almost ev

The childhood legacy of a Batman

As a general rule, I don’t write about my son. However, recent events make this an exception.


My son, Ian, lives at a whole level of nerd I don’t entirely understand. While I might be yearning for the days of a young Han Solo who actually could pass as the handsomely roguish bandit or can debate the virtue of owning a tribble or not, the closet door to my nerdom slams firmly shut at the mention of anime, Pokemon, nerdcons and “Dungeons and Dragons.”

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Find balance with One Soul

Relaxation. Focus. Exercise. Balance.


Those who participate regularly in yoga claim these four things are among the top reasons to practice, that the benefits far outweigh the misconceptions many have about what yoga is.


Blessed with talent: The man behind the trophy-making of the Hopkins County Stew 

“This is hackberry that had started to rot,” said Frank Sears, 86, as he picked up a pen he had made from the wood.

The hackberry wood was from a tree that had fallen in the churchyard where he attends church. So, he collected it and now gives pens made from that hackberry tree to the members of his church.

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Gold Star campers: Echo Hill Ranch reopens to kids whose parents died in military service

Fatigue-clad soldiers voluntarily hoisted 40-pound rucksacks to march along the rock-strewn back roads outside Medina on Saturday. They marched in small groups for 26 miles. When they arrived at their destination, exchanging boots for flip-flops and cushioned insoles, many of them stepped lightly, some limped a little — but not one complained.

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Girl on the Ropes: Wrestling entertainment meets Michelle Good on the mat with OASIS

At 22 years old, 5-foot, 5 inches and petite, Michelle Good is fighting her way to local wrestling entertainment fame.


The Hopkins County native grew up watching professional wrestling with her family and friends. After being away from it during her teen years, she’s not just watching it now, she’s living it.


In the Red Zone: Youth football teams punch up their game

While many fans dream of the day for a trip to see the Dallas Cowboys in action at AT&T Stadium each fall, two area youth football teams have taken it to the next level.

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