Signs of growth. Talk about a positive one-two punch. Conway has virtually back-to-back news of the extensive mall for the old airport land and a possible major medical facility. Both would mean numerous new jobs. Economic wheels are turning and in a positive way. What is obvious is that decision makers have confidence in our community.
Is it global warming? Conditions may change before you read this, but it is most unusual to go into the second half of October wearing short sleeve shirts and, for some, shorts. Please understand that we are not complaining. Winter will still come, perhaps in somewhat reduced or shortened form.
Did we say no confidence? Nearly universal is the disdain for Congress. If a national election was held the first Tuesday in November 2013, what do you think the outcome would be? Right. Most senators and congressmen would be booted out. It will be hard a year from now for any of them to run on their records.
Change direction. All Hogdom seems down on the football Arkansas Razorbacks after being embarrassed by South Carolina, 52-7. Yes, they looked like the 2012 team. Alabama is next. If there was ever a time for motivation, it is now. We will see what Bret Bielema and staff can do with the current crisis.
What might have been. University of Central Arkansas’ football Bears have lost stellar quarterback Wynrick Smothers for the season – broken ankle. He has been one of the best ever at the position for UCA. This plus other injuries spoils chances for a banner Bear season, but it is not over yet.
Changed times. A recent visit to southeast Arkansas provided a lesson in changed agriculture of the area. Once, late summer meant long lines of trucks (and wagons before that) laden with cotton. A few days ago the lines of trucks were there all right, but the cargo was just-harvested corn and soy beans.
“The Park Service isn’t willing to do that (let state workers man national parks in Arkansas). The only way the Department of the Interior is willing to handle it is the state has to write them a check in advance. I don’t know that anyone around here is going to write them a check.”
— Richard Davies, director of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department.