It should be remembered that in our regular and routine coverage of our city government we first reported in August the council's consideration to waive competitive bids and spend $130,000 in A&P taxes on one tall Christmas tree.
You don't see the term 'emergency clause' in our stories because it's not at all uncommon and attached to many, many ordinances in both county and city government.
Essentially, anything with a time constraint.
We all know how slowly government rolls along.
Sometimes, as in perhaps it would have been in a case like this, it's a good thing.
In another case, as in where justice should be duly administered, government and judicial proceedings seem to drag on and on.
Our coverage on this tree starts in the dog days of summer, before a single Christmas list had been scribbled in crayon.
Here are some of our reports that cover the council's actions or give mention to this tree.
In chronological order:
August 26, 2013 - Council to consider Christmas decorations
First sentence: Conway City Council will consider an ordinance to waive competitive bids for the purchase of holiday decor for Rogers Plaza.
Second: The ordinance states the city would utilize Getlit, of Springdale, to purchase an artificial Christmas tree and commercial-grade decor worth up to $130,000 if it is passed.
August 28, 2013 - Council approves purchase of 54-foot Christmas tree
August 30, 2013 - Christmas tree price raises our eyebrows
August 30, 2013 - A legal notice explaining that the ordinance waiving competitive bidding, dated Aug. 27 ran in the newspaper's classified section and online.
Nov. 4, 2013 - Conway Christmas tree to be largest in Arkansas
Nov. 6, 2013 - What would Clark Griswold do?
Nov. 7, 2013 - Thumbs: Innovative city, gas prices, Markham corridor
Nov. 7, 2013 - Downtown shops open Sunday for Christmas Open House
Nov. 12, 2013 - Fountain centerpiece installed at Rogers Plaza
Nov. 19, 2013 - Conway Christmas tree construction delayed
Nov. 20, 2013 - Christmas tree delay costing Get Lit, no additional cost to city
Nov. 21, 2013 - Tree construction begins
Nov. 22 - Nov. 30 - About a dozen more stories with mentions, reminders, and play-by-plays of the tree coming to be
And of course,
Dec. 1, 2013 - The tree story that won't go away
Dec. 1, 2013 - Shining a light on Christmas tree allegations