Off The Beat

  • Arkansas town fulfills Walton’s goal Dendurent1

    When Sam Walton opened his 5- & 10-cent variety store on the square in downtown Bentonville, Ark., in 1950, the town had a population of 2,900. That store was the seed of the worldwide Walmart retail empire, and the headquarters of Walmart .

  • Life, one Lego brick at a time Bauman-cut

    As of this writing, I’ve yet to see “The Lego Movie,” and that’s not because it doesn’t interest me. It interests me greatly… I just haven’t had the time to see it, but I assure you .

  • Flowers? Chocolate? Yes, please! Megan.moser1

    I don’t get why there are so many Valentine’s Day haters. Maybe if you’re single, a holiday dedicated to romance reminds you that you have only your cat to keep you warm at night. Does that alone .

  • Sure, it’s a cute idea… but, seriously Kristina.phatch

    I think Valentine’s Day is kind of a joke. Because it’s an incredibly popular holiday dedicated to love, it alienates a lot of people who are not in relationships. I love the idea of celebrating love. I try .

  • Grandma’s house could’ve told some tales Dendurent1

      Work has begun on Manhattan Public Library’s latest addition — an expansion of the library’s children’s area. When the addition is finished it will be filled with stories in the form of books, DVDs and other media.   But .

  • The perils of escape Bethany047cut.phatch

    I’ve tried to escape to Kansas several times in the past eight years. Let me start by saying I left the state in 2005 as an unwilling 14-year-old and came back last July. I spent the last eight years in .

  • A love tale of many Bryans Brian mug.phatch

    The month of love approaches. February provides the opportunities to express your love for that special person in your life during Valentine’s Day or for black people during Black History Month. If that special person in your life is .

  • Fight stress, watch a sunset Bauman-cut

    This is a special day for you, loyal Mercury reader. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s a secret I’ve discovered long ago, but don’t like to talk about… until now. Are .

  • Memories of smooch planting Corene047color.phatch

    Family traditions are wonderful things, since they accompany such fond memories. My family had a tradition of eating black-eyed peas, boiled cabbage and corned beef on New Year’s Eve. While I enjoyed the peas and corned beef, I must .

  • Still a pretty sweet gift

    Last year, right after Thanksgiving, I embarked on the most involved cooking project I have ever undertaken. It was also probably the most involved gift I have ever given. If you knew me, you would know that means it was .

  • Old shows on new tech Dendurent1

      I like to watch videos on YouTube, and lately I’ve been viewing a lot of clips from two of my favorite TV game shows when I was a kid, “What’s My Line?” and “I’ve Got a Secret.”   .

  • ‘Nerd movie experience’ Kristina.phatch

    I love “The Hunger Games.” I read all the books of the series in three weeks. Now that the movies are being released, I’m reminded of how interesting the story is. Despite my love for the series, I waited .





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