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A timeline of the Conway Christmas tree

The tree story that survives
The tree story that survives


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 


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