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  • Off The Beat | March 16, 2014

    Watch out, Manhattan

    Brian-mug

    The Mercury recently made some internal changes. After being the education reporter since August 2010, I became the city reporter a few weeks ago. It was like getting a new job without a change in scenery or increased pay. I didn’t even change desks. Still,

  • Off The Beat | March 09, 2014

    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 are still in Bentonville. Today’

  • Off The Beat | February 16, 2014

    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 I will. Why? Because I’

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    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 justify being bitter about Valentine’

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    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 to show my family and

  • Off The Beat | February 09, 2014

    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 house that used to

  • Off The Beat | February 02, 2014

    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 Nebraska, where I went to

  • Off The Beat | January 26, 2014

    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 a black person, this month

  • Off The Beat | January 19, 2014

    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 you sitting down? Good. Well,

  • Off The Beat | January 05, 2014

    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 admit I hated eating the


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