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First came toilet paper and paper towels. We hoarded them, for no good reason other than the fear of not having it six months down the road. There was no toilet paper shortage, paper towels either the experts told us, but still some of you (not me) built up a healthy supply, I guess because …

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Some people in the media call it an infodemic, the proliferation of information available at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. Problem is, some of that information is not true and leads to not only confusion, but reactions that are not good for the community. While social media ha…

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Countless activities, events and occasions have been postponed or cancelled amidst the global pandemic. A few months ago, I would bet most of us had never uttered the words, “social distancing,” or “shelter at home.” Our world seems to be returning to a semi-normal state, as events are start…

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A couple weeks ago my daughter Catherine Wynn, who is also managing editor of this newspaper, wrote a column about the importance of newspapers to young people in our communities. We have been sending the print editions of the newspaper to many parents of school-age children in partnership w…

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My high school graduation is way back there in the rearview mirror, but I remember a lot about it. It was a warmer than usual late spring day when my classmates and I walked down the aisle in the Caruthersville High School gym dressed in red and white. My grandparents were there, my mom and …

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I am sure my sister, Denise Mitchell, has a lot of bad days she doesn’t want to talk about or can’t talk about. Drug overdoses. Gunshot wounds. Gruesome car wrecks. Loving grandmothers and babies dying before her very eyes. The list goes on. It takes a special person to work in the emergency…

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Kriste Crocker has spent 13 years as principal at William Lynch Elementary. Her daughter Alexis was chosen to serve as a Vickery Intern at The Salem News and did a great job. I have a granddaughter, Eavie, going to school there now who thinks “Mrs. Crocker” is the greatest.

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He was the big-shot businessman who acted a lot like you and me. I was the sports editor and columnist at the state’s largest newspaper. As it turned out, the big-shot was not only worth billions of dollars, but loved college sports.

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News stories on crime and crashes are always the most-read stories on our website, but instead of rehashing those here are the Top 10 non-crime and accident stories from 2019 on thesalemnewsonline.com:

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When Elton John brought his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Tour to the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis Oct. 11, 1973, I was there. A few friends and I had floor seats, around 30 or 40 rows from the front. The place was packed as Elton John sang such hits as “Bennie and the Jets,” “Your Song,” “Satu…

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Sometimes I wonder if people in the community realize what a huge impact volunteerism has on the quality of life here. Volunteer efforts, opportunities and results are way too numerous to mention, but take a look around and it isn’t hard to realize what would happen if every volunteer took a…

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The NFL is celebrating its 100th season this year, and it’s been great fun to read stories and watch videos about those first 100 years. I don’t keep up with the NFL like I use to, but remember vividly how I fell in love with football and the NFL’s Green Bay Packers when I was a youngster an…

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I had only been in Salem a month or two when someone told me I needed to go with him south of town and meet Frankie Schwartz. I can’t remember who took me, because my first few months here are still a whirlwind, and that was awhile back, in 1996. I may not be able to remember who took me to …

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An in-depth analysis of where Salem is and where it needs to go has resulted in a detailed plan for priorities announced recently to the Salem Board of Aldermen. That board accepted the list, named the Salem Economic Development Strategic Plan, and now it’s time for not only the board to go …