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When want is keenly felt

posted: 12/19/2014 2:04 a.m. Comments 3

I can scarcely think of a better holiday tradition than getting reacquainted each December with that Ghost Story of Christmas--aka A Christmas Carol.

Recruiting Guy: Segrest piques Georgia receiver's interest in Hogs

posted: 12/19/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Building relationships is the key to recruiting.

On Film: The balloting begins for good year in film

posted: 12/19/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

This weekend the Southeastern Film Critics Association will vote on the best films and performances of what -- to my mind, anyway -- has been the best year at the movies since 2007 (the year of No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Zodiac, Into the Wild, Juno, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Superbad). I'll be in the bunker most of this weekend tabulating that poll, and we'll have the results here next week.

Acceptance optional

posted: 12/18/2014 2:57 a.m. Comment 1

Editor's note: This column originally appeared online Wednesday.

Like It Is: Texas Bowl nails it with UA-Texas matchup

posted: 12/18/2014 2:48 a.m. Comment 1

This Saturday there are five bowl games, beginning at 10 a.m., and by the time the College Fo0tball Championship is played Jan. 12 there will have been a total of 39 bowl games.

The TV Column: Stephen Colbert files away his Report tonight

posted: 12/18/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Because it is highly subjective, humor is the most difficult art form to pull off. And political satire is the most difficult form of humor.

Columnists: What Is Chanukah?

posted: 12/17/2014 2:55 a.m. Comments 2

Last night we lit the first candle, for it was the first night of this minor, eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one in our time. Maybe because of its proximity to Christmas and the temptation to provide some sort of Jewish equivalent.

From cotton to kugels

posted: 12/17/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Marcie Cohen Ferris, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina and an expert on Southern food, was raised at Blytheville, once the Cotton Capital of Arkansas. Mississippi County had been covered by hardwood forests before timber companies cut the trees and shipped the lumber north to booming markets such as St. Louis and Chicago.

Like It Is: You get what you pay for in college athletics

posted: 12/17/2014 2:40 a.m. Comments 4

When the talk started that Bret Bielema was being targeted by Nebraska to be its new head coach, the Arkansas coach quickly calmed the seas by saying he wasn't interested.

Front Burner: Hottie mix stirs up peanuttiest eggnog

posted: 12/17/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Homemade eggnog is a holiday tradition at my house. My aunt Frances' is out-of-this-world-delicious and our extended family Christmas gathering -- affectionately dubbed Smithmas -- wouldn't be the same without it.

Hog Calls: It's always wise to get help from Moses

posted: 12/17/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

It was a blue sea rather than a red sea that this Moses parted.

Uncorked: Serving good wine and saving a dime

posted: 12/17/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

This time of year I think many of us are looking for ways to save money on entertaining. Whether planning a large cocktail party or intimate gathering, these tips can help keep you on budget for holiday wine buying.

Pointless grandstanding

posted: 12/16/2014 3:03 a.m. Comments 4

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Tea Partier extraordinaire from Texas, threatens to give impracticality, extremism, zealotry and grandstanding bad names.

Fighting for Rhea Lana : In her defense

posted: 12/16/2014 3:02 a.m. Comment 1

I wrote not long ago about the continuing saga of Rhea Lana Riner of Conway and that the U.S. Department of Labor lawyers and bureaucrats contend the volunteers in her children's consignment sales events are paid employees.

Columnists: Of cloaks, daggers and reports

posted: 12/16/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Two wise veterans of America's national security wars were of mixed mind after the release last week of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. The panel blistered the Central Intelligence Agency for subjecting terrorism suspects to brutal and maybe ineffective interrogation techniques and misrepresenting what it was doing.

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