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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun October 23, 2016

James Crowell

Bladesmith travels country to teach others craft

James Crowell can take the heat — thousand-degree heat, that is. He had just returned home from leading a two-week Introduction to Bladesmithing course in Clyde, North Carolina, where he instructed others on the process of using 1,500-degree heat to forge metal to create one-of-a-kind blades — similar to the knives he sells starting at $575 a pop. His Timbo home, surrounded by stretches of orange gravel road and the simplicity of Stone County, is also the site of his workspace, which is filled with knives hanging from nails, blocks of soon-to-be-forged steel and powerful ma... READ MORE

Teacher promotes wreath-laying ceremony to honor veterans By SYD HAYMAN

Two years ago, while attending a Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, a Gold Star mother leaned over toward Angela Beason and asked, “Do you think there’s going to be one for my son’s grave?”