December 26, 2007 Edition

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Frankly Speaking...

John Bland
Publisher

Some people have asked how we put out an edition of The Times Dispatch on the day after Christmas, so I'll explain. Most of our pages were completed on Friday, Dec. 21.

A few pages were held until Monday, Dec. 24, including the front page, front jump page, the obituary page and the editorial page that you are now reading. We completed these last pages before noon on Christmas Eve. All pages were uploaded to The Jonesboro Sun, where this newspaper was printed Christmas night. Rennard Cooper picked up the papers in Jonesboro early Wednesday morning in time for our regular distribution schedule.

If some news is missing, please know that our early deadlines may have hampered our ability to cover events thoroughly this week.

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Arkansas is very fortunate to have avoided the icy weather that hit Oklahoma and other nearby states. Instead, our precipitation came in the form of rain and lots of it. We received reports that high winds Saturday night caused a tree to fall across Highway 63 near Black Rock, but the tree was quickly removed. The winds also brought in colder temperatures, appropriate for the first day of winter.

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This is our 52nd and last issue for 2007. With the next edition on Jan. 2, The TD will begin its 99th year. Next week's edition will feature the top 10 stories of 2007 in Lawrence County. As we look back on 2007, and look ahead to the many changes and challenges coming in 2008, we again want to say thank you to our many friends, contributors, readers and advertisers who help make The TD possible each week. I am grateful to all of you, along with our awesome staff, for making this minor miracle happen.

Best wishes to you all for a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2008!

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