We  have been getting our hands dirty over at the Crossett Farmers Market. Crossett now has a demo garden, and if you don’t know — as I didn’t — a demo garden is used to teach the community about self sustaining gardening practices along with all the capabilities that come with having a gard…

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Kristi Clanton-McDuff, left, was named Crossett High School certified employee of the year and Lynette Gonzalez, right, was named classified employee of the year. Principal Anthony Boykin, center, presented them with a gift basket from WINGS. (SUBMITTED/News Observer)

Our bodies are designed to move. What a throw away, “no duh” statement. Or is it? Take a good look at your lifestyle. Do you move? Or do you spend most of your time sitting? And of the moments you do move,  how many of them do you spend wishing you were sitting?

Ashley County elementary schools received donations of school supplies donated by Georgia-Pacific in partnership with the Kids in Need Foundation, a donation that benefitted more than 2,100 students.  Donations were sent to Crossett Elementary School, Albritton Elementary School and Noble El…

Sometimes the best laid plans just flat out get up and walk away. Such is the case with this week’s column. I started out seeking information on some not-so-out-of-the-way places for you to visit with your quarantine crew but ended up with this musing about trees. 

The Ashley County Retired Teachers Association presented its spring scholarship in the amount of $750 to Mallori Outlaw Thompson. She is a second grade teacher in Hamburg pursuing a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. (SUBMIT…

There is a lot of talk about boredom, loneliness and being just plain tired of how things are now — and that is understandable. Our new normal has been quite a lifestyle change. And change, on average, is not looked highly upon. But buckle in Crossett, it is our new normal. 

Admit it — you have begun holding your breath when you pass someone at work or on your essential grocery trip or along the park trail.  I know because I have caught myself doing it. But as humanity holds its breath,  nature is taking a deep one. 

Friends and family members of three year old Ellie Grace Dickson found a way to celebrate her birthday even though a formal gathering or party could not happen without violating social distancing guidelines. Friends and family lined up at Crossett Elementary School for a birthday party parad…

For the past three weeks now we have been publicly fighting a battle against an invisible enemy. And it is literally all of humanity against it. A massive us, the human race, against them, COVID-19 contaminants, game. And while it is so easy to jump on the fear bandwagon and go your own kind…

Tru by Hilton recently donated 50 bags of shampoo, conditioner, popcorn, granola bars, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and laundry soap to the Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry. The pantry has likewise recently received donations from Dianna Martinie-Premier Realty; Gypsy Soul; and SheBrews. We…

If there is one thing Americans have proven during our COVID19 lockdown it is that lockdown is not our strong suit. Last week in this column, we commended Crossett for maintaining its characteristic courteous ways during these unprecedented,  for most of us, times. And we still do. Our socia…

We are a solid week into one of the most fluid situations I have ever experienced and Crossett is showing its true, brilliant colors. We are remaining calm while COVID-19 mandates change seemingly moment to moment. And with that calm is our usual Crossett courteousness. 

When you get something not earned you are less likely to take care of it. We have visited this concept before, reader. It is just a way of the world. And in this world, there seems to be a lot of getting and not a lot of earning — from our federal government all the way down to our fashion. 

The Crossett School District’s fine arts programs hosted their annual Picnic With the Arts last Thursday, which included musical performances from the students and the public, displays of student artwork, dancing and games, among other things.

The Crossett Masonic Lodge officers for 2020 include, from front left, Ed Cross, Jim Moffatt, Jason Johnston, Michael Taunton, and D.C. Dodd; from rear left, Matt Farmer, Thelbirt Akin, Frankie Tanksley and Henry Matthews; not pictured, Tom Arnn.

Less than a day’s drive from Crossett a massive recovery effort is happening. While we go about our lives in our quite happening town of late, there are homes in the Nashville, Tenn., area that are destroyed. Families are mourning and communities are gathering strength at their weakest joints.  

Brace yourselves, fellow word nerds! I have an unpopular opinion to state: sometimes the dictionary definition just doesn’t cover the entire being of a word. A great example is the word “success” and any form of it. 

When your Crossett neighbor, Jack Allen — 1950’s CHS graduate and all-American quarterback — turns his thoughts to community champion Janice Clark, he remembers her as an uplifter. She uplifted the people around her. In fact, one such person was Phil Robertson, who was back then just a guy w…

If Crossett had a face, what would it look like? As instantaneous as our amazing  —yet highly underutilized — minds are, I bet an image floated to the surface of yours as you finished that sentence. And just like a lot of the information that our minds provide us with, I bet you didn’t zero …

Hamburg High School’s EAST students have raised more than $6,000 to help a fellow Hamburg student purchase a piece of medical equipment that will help make her more mobile.

The thing about getting something for nothing is it grows complacency. When you acquire things you don’t work for, you stop working for things. You sit down. You stagnate. Such is the experience we are bouncing back from in Crossett. 

I start this week with a question: Why is it that we immediately jump to the conclusion that others’ intentions are negative? It seems as natural as a flower blossom opening up to the sun...negativity. Why?

Reflecting on our first event of 2020, the litter pickup, I am once again moved by the passion of Crossett people. We gathered approximately 100 bags of trash with a heap of large items that couldn’t fit in bags.

Ashley County Go Red donated an Artificial Electronic Defibrillator to the City Pool on Monday evening. Those who attended are, from left, Loretta Stell, Linda McDougald, Angela Willhite, and Shawna Hawkins, all of Go Red; and Shannon Hornsby, Sarah Hollimon, and Bradley Englerth, all of the…

We dropped the New Year’s Eve ball for the first time ever; we raised a new American flag over a new Crossett; and now we have a list of events to attend, support and-or volunteer for in 2020.

Last weekend people from across Ashley County visited the Ashley County Museum to have their photos taken with Santa. Some were happier than others to meet the jolly old elf.

The South oozes character. I don’t care if you think it cute, silly, right or wrong. We have such an interesting way of seeing the world. One of the ways we present this view is through sayings.

For a society inundated with messages of kindness, from the golden rule introduced in our elementary school years to the trendy “pay it forward” movement — which I, for one, became aware of in the early 2000s  after watching the movie  “Pay it Forward” — we are not really good at kindness.  …

Thursday is the day the nation sets aside to give thanks. People from all corners of the nation travel many miles to be with families and friends for the extended weekend. Families sit around dinner tables and eat turkey, dressing and other assorted condiments until they cannot eat another b…

The Ashley County Retired Teachers’ Association recently awarded $750 scholarships to Crossett High School’s Donna Culpepper, third from left, and Hamburg High School’s Beth Gannaway, second from right. The scholarships are awarded to teachers who are working to further their education and w…