December 21, 2011 Edition

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Grandparents' corner

Mackenzie Forkum, 13 months, is the daughter of Lisa Roper and Jason Forkum, both of Walnut Ridge.

Grandparents are Phillip and Virginia Roper and Maydeen Forkum, all of Walnut Ridge. She is the great-granddaughter of Mary Roper of Walnut Ridge.

a year

What a year this has been. Looking back it seems to have been one earth-shaking event following another with very little respite in between. Starting in January with "Arab Spring" which began with Egyptian citizens protesting in Tahir Square and the eventual ouster of President Hosni Mubarat, cries for freedom from tyranny spread rapidly to other countries as the year progressed.

In March Japan experienced a magnitude 9 earthquake, one of the most devastating and powerful earthquakes on record. The quake generated 133-feet-high tsunami waves that laid waste to most of the eastern coastal region. In addition the tsunami also caused meltdowns in three reactors, which resulted in contamination to surrounding land and sea areas. Nearly 16,000 people died in the disaster, thousands were injured and thousands are still missing.

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