February 06, 2013 Edition

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A generation to appreciate

John Bland
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I have heard several people say in recent weeks that "they don't make them like they used to," when referring to our senior generation. It is fairly easy to think of people with strength, grit and resilience from the generation who lived through such events as the Depression and World War II.

Two women who come to my mind have passed away in recent days. Tynse Bassett, who I believe was the ideal mother of three boys and grandmother of two grandsons, is one of them. Another is Orpha Murphy, who, similar to Mrs. Bassett, worked hard, took care of her family and always maintained high moral values.

Others put my mother, Virginia Bland, in that same category of being strong and resilient as she strives to overcome health issues. I would have to agree with them.

But I also have to believe that the generations of women and men who are coming behind this senior generation possess similar traits that will be fully appreciated in their time.

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Our hats are off to the family of Jerry Jr. and Cindy Morgan and Trevor of Lynn. The Morgan family was selected for a Monsanto grant program to award $2,500 grants to two local organizations. They chose two very worthy organizations, the Lynn Volunteer Fire Department and The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge, to receive the funds.

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We congratulate the Beatles at the Ridge festival organizers upon winning Best New Festival or Event honors at last weekend's Arkansas Festivals & Events Association annual conference. Jackie and Charles Snapp and Jon and Lesa Walter accepted the award. In addition, the Beatles at the Ridge website, developed by Jon and Lesa, won silver honors in the event website category.

Charles, said it well, "To think Jon and Lesa would develop and maintain BeatlesattheRidge.com, for nothing more than the satisfaction of supporting their community, is a perfect example of what this event is really about."

The Morgans, Snapps and Walters are just a few examples of our good citizens who go above and beyond for the betterment of our communities and county.

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