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Everyone had forgotten about “1917,” a project announced in June 2018. There was no advance promotion. It was quietly filmed in Scotland and England, from April to June last year, and then just slipped into the U.S. on Christmas Day. It immediately garnered attention. English film director S…

The Hunting Club membership was in full discussion by the time I arrived at Doreen’s 24 HR Eat Gas Now Café on that raw, drizzly morning. As usual, the boys were entrenched in the large round corner booth and those seeing me come through the glass doors waved a hand.

• Nearly 600 students were honored with undergraduate and graduate degrees at Southern Arkansas University’s recent fall commencement.

Q. Dear Neil: My rose bushes are in large pots on my patio, but they have a disease. When I put new plants in the pots do I need to have new soil for them? Is there anything I can spray on them that will cure this disease?

Country singer Vince Gill surprised Gene Watson and his band on stage Jan. 17, telling him if he would sing “Farewell Party” he would be the next performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Watson will be inducted later this year, according to Opry sources.

Being asked to tea in Northern Africa and the Middle East is a common practice, whether the hosts know you or not. When our driver stopped by the side of the road in Jordan for me to get a photo of a nearby shepherd, the herder smiled readily for the camera and asked if he could make us some…

Year’s end brings the “Ten Best,” “Five Worst” column, and another missed opportunity for Oscar-nominated films like “1917,” the Sam Mendes film that slipped in the running late, but didn’t open in smaller markets until after the First, thus missing the opportunity to be included in this col…