Bit by bit. The orange barrel and orange cone of road construction may be Conway symbols, but drivers are enjoying using the streets where projects have been completed. The work is ongoing. Conway continues to be nagged by the lack of effective major traffic arteries, and a sufficient solution is more than not in sight. It may be impossible.
Something to cheer. The baseball Bears of the University of Central Arkansas are currently No. 23 in the nation. When the season opened, the Arkansas Razorbacks were either No. 1 or No. 2 depending on the poll. Where are the Hogs today? Unranked. Just wishful thinking, but wouldn’t a Bear-Hog baseball match be interesting?
Falling far. If you think Arkansas Razorback basketball followers are unhappy, think about their equivalent in Kentucky. Defending national champions, the Wildcats not only did not make the NCAA field, they lost their first-round NIT game to Robert Morris. Has the one-and-done system of coach John Calipari run its course?
Neophyte ineffectiveness. The current Arkansas General Assembly session is something short of positive in results, to say the least. This raises the issue of whether term limits which result in major turnover of legislators are better than the old system of a handful of entrenched representatives and senators calling most of the shots.
Just look around. If you are down in the mouth, take a look at the profusion of yellow forsythia, red japonica and white Bradford pear blooms all around our area. Yeah, we know. Bradford pear trees are good for little else than the profusion of blossoms when spring approaches. The countryside is attractive at present.
Pick and choose. Faulkner County’s Quorum Court is debating whether to use state contract vendors or be able to shop around locally for purchases. All things equal, like price, quality and service, it would seem to be best to buy from local businesses whenever possible. Every purchase should be preceded by a local phone call. “What is your price on this item?”
“Healthy families are the cornerstone of healthy communities. Family and Consumer Services (of the Extension Service) put non-biased, research-based information to work in people’s lives.”
— Melinda Malone,
Faulkner County extension agent.