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Linda Haymes

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Paper Trails: Arkansas ironsmith becomes TV star on History Channel series

updated: 04/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

FORGING FAME: Daniel Casey of Romance is one of the few blacksmiths who make a full-time career of crafting rifles, guns, knives and more using only traditional methods. And now he can add TV star to his resume.

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posted: 04/23/2016 1:59 a.m. Discuss

I worry about mold and mildew accumulating in my home. What are some ways I can work to keep moisture-related problems at bay?

Paper Trails: A voice in puzzle fray to give talk

posted: 04/17/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

PUZZLING DEVELOPMENT: A scandal -- dubbed Gridgate -- recently unfolded within the professional crossword-puzzle world. Oliver Roeder, a senior writer and puzzle editor for website "FiveThirtyEight" alleged in a March 4 article that Timothy Parker, longtime crossword editor for USA Today and Universal Syndicate, committed plagiarism by publishing puzzles that were strikingly similar to years-old New York Times ones. Parker, who responded that the similarities were a coincidence, temporarily stepped down pending an investigation by Universal Uclick, the company that owns the rights to USA Today's puzzles.

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posted: 04/16/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

My wife and I are making an offer on a new house that features a built-in home bar, leading me to wonder where and what are the best methods for storing various types of alcohol? Which items should be stored at room temperature, and what should be kept refrigerated or even frozen?

To stay forever: Rules apply to scattering ashes in state or national park

posted: 04/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Vacation destinations as a final resting place?

Paper Trails: Crowd in Malvern watches Arkansas resident win 'American Idol'

updated: 04/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

MALVERN -- Nearly 100 people gathered Thursday at Larry's Pizza to watch the town's adopted son, Mississippi native Trent Harmon, one of two finalists in the 15th and final competition of Fox's American Idol. Many, including the waitresses, wore blue Team Trent T-shirts.

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posted: 04/09/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

I'd like to convert my attached garage, which is really too small to hold my family's vehicle, into additional living space. What are some of the things I should consider before I start?

Special Event: Arkansan Cates among professional bull riders

posted: 04/07/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

When the world's top 35 professional bull riders compete in what's tagged the "Toughest Sport on Dirt" at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock this weekend, there will be an Arkansan among them.

PAPER TRAILS: Former Arkansan in 'Walking Dead' finale; Duggar ad troubles

updated: 04/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

TUNING IN: Former Arkansan Stuart Greer (Mud, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Reaping, Forty Shades of Blue, Homefront, and Remember the Titans) is set to be in the season finale of AMC's The Walking Dead tonight. Look for the character actor and former University of Arkansas at Little Rock student to appear in the role of Roman, a member of the group known as the Saviors.

Music review: Manilow croons, grooves to fans' glee

posted: 04/02/2016 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Barry Manilow on Friday night, took to the stage of Verizon Arena in North Little Rock with his One Last Time tour, which he says marks the end of his full schedule of touring.

Police: Suspect in Virginia bus station shooting dead; 3 others hurt

updated: 03/31/2016 4:28 p.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. — A gunman shot a Virginia state trooper Thursday at a busy bus terminal in the capital city of Richmond before he was shot dead by two other troopers, police said. Two civilians were hurt, though it was not clear if they had been shot.

Music: Manilow back in Arkansas for One Last Time!

posted: 03/31/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Pop legend Barry Manilow appreciates the success he has had and still loves performing for audiences.

Paper Trails: Music, girl keep 'American Idol' finalist in Arkansas

updated: 03/28/2016 7:11 a.m. Discuss

Trent Harmon's hometown is Amory, Miss., where his family still lives and runs a ranch and restaurant, but since earning a history degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, he's also put down Arkansas roots.

Paper Trails: 'American Idol' finalist who lives in Arkansas gets treats, high praise

updated: 03/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

TLC FROM ARKANSAS: Currently in the top five finalists of Fox's American Idol singing competition, Trent Harmon, 25, who hails from Amory, Miss., but graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and resides in Malvern, felt the love last week from friends and loved ones there, who sent him a care package. After one friend asked, via text, what he'd like to receive, Harmon replied:

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posted: 03/19/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

As I spring clean this year, I want to deep clean my kitchen appliances. Any suggestions?

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