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Thumbs 3/8/13

Posted: March 7, 2013 - 7:13pm

A different beat. Planning has begun on a park at the old Conway landfill on Blaney Road. Ideas are being tossed around about facilities for mountain biking, trail running and disc golf. This is good. A park does not have to be limited to the usual green grass, picnic tables, dogs on leashes and such. Recreation can be a wide, wide topic.

Academic achievements. A quick scan of the Faulkner County mid-term graduates at the University of Central Arkansas showed the names of Keane Guiden and Nakeia Guiden, brother and sister and outstanding basketball players a few years back at Guy-Perkins. Now college graduates, theirs is a double success story.

Wait, it will change. Someone used the familiar phrase “blackberry winter” the other day in talking about our warm-and-cold weather. The term supposedly arose from days when blackberry bushes are in bloom then the temperature drops to freezing or below. It’s a counterpart to “Indian summer” in the autumn.

Wrong focus. We do not belittle the serious and controversial topic of abortion, but this issue has absolutely consumed the current legislative session and its overriding of Gov. Mike Beebe’s vetoes. We repeat our recent observation that broader topics are still getting shortchanged on attention from the General Assembly.

Down and dirty. We tip our hat to the couple of dozen volunteers who went to Tucker Creek on a cold Saturday and picked up trash — from the creek, not from the popular trail running beside it. It was not easy work. Instead of lamenting that “they” should do something about the litter, these folks took the “we” approach and made a difference.

Catching an illness. Wasn’t it just a couple or three weeks ago that the Arkansas Razorback baseball team was ranked No. 1 in the nation, then No. 2? All of a sudden the Hogs go on the road and defeats pile up quickly. Do these guys associate with the Razorback football team or the Razorback basketball team?

“That garden represents a learning tool. Students will measure with different tools, plot what they want to grow and tend the plants.”

— Wooster Elementary teacher Jolene

Weldon about a school gardening project.

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