January 13, 2010 Edition

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Long, cold
days and
nights

John Bland
Publisher

Catherine Richey did a good job of expressing my thoughts in her Eaton column this week. She writes about our long string of extremely cold weather, days and nights, and that a lot of people who she has known have passed away in recent days.

Ethel Angeline Hanshaw Russell, age 107, died Jan. 5 at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab. She would have been 108 on Feb. 2. I had previously stated incorrectly that Anna Richey Cameron, who died Aug. 25, 2009, at age 106 was the oldest living resident in the county. Mrs. Russell obviously held this record. If anyone knows of someone older, please let me know.

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Winter does seem to be a more difficult time for many people, and health problems seem to be more prevalent. Several articles stress the importance of vitamin D and how we don't get enough of it in winter due to less sun exposure. Our recent 10-day time span of highs not reaching above the freezing mark have not been conducive to getting outdoors for sunshine or exercise, such as walking.

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Yvonne Phillips has probably been a part of the legal profession in Lawrence County longer than anyone living. She has been associated with several well-known local attorneys. Read the feature about her on page 11A of this edition.

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On our return trip from The Hillcrest Junior Basketball Tournament in Lynn Saturday morning, my family spotted an eagle while driving past Lake Charles. The park will be hosting an Eagle Lake Tour on Jan. 23. For more information visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com.

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