It takes a village. Can we say that Angela Payne is the most popular person today in Vilonia? This high school senior with the natural quick smile is homecoming queen – to no one’s surprise. She has battled cancer for several years now and never shied away from the public or from classmates. Yes, she is a fighter in addition to being a queen.
Somebody, anybody. After watching the first presidential debate, the vice presidential debate and the second presidential debate, some may ask, “Will the ballot have a place to vote for “Other”? And our David McCollum commented, “Women make better moderators for debates. They have been moms.”
Violators dollars. That news item about $6,500 coming to the Quorum Count from the Arkansas Department of Education said it is for fish and wildlife education. Some more details here. The money originated with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is from fines paid in fishing, hunting and boating cases in the county. The AGFC keeps no fine money.
Some good signs. Yes. The Kentucky football team Saturday night was as weak as any we can recall in the recent Southeastern Conference. It was a good win for Arkansas while acknowledging some glaring deficiencies are still hindering the Hogs. An example is Kentucky’s lone score coming because of a defensive secondary lapse for Arkansas.
Yard sale material. Those new Arkansas uniforms? Ugly, ugly. Black, or “anthracite,” is not an Arkansas color. Red lettering on black is nearly impossible to read. South Carolina’s new uniforms had white lettering on gray background. OK. But if these new outfits helped the Hogs win big, we will hush our complaining.
Consider this option. Not everyone will agree, but we look favorably on early voting. It solves the dilemma of standing in lines on Election Day, a turnoff for some citizens. Most of us have our minds made up by now, but some won’t know all the races that appear on their particular ballots. Do a quick study beforehand.
“It was just one of the best days for our family—Angela was beautiful. She was so happy. She had the perfect dress. We were so happy. We knew Robert was coming but we didn’t know whether he would make it or not, from Fort Smith, in time for the afternoon crowning. When he made it, things just couldn’t have been better.”
— Kathy Payne, mother of Vilonia High School’s homecoming queen