Some old memories. News of the plan to redevelop Markham Street in Conway led oldtimers to recall the Golden Drag. It was not the street but a building, café, entertainment center of days long past. Can someone tell us the formal name of this establishment of the 1930s to the 1960s?
Sudden shakeup. The surprising Tim Griffin announcement that he would not run for election as 2nd District congressman has resulted in much speculation. Did he quit because of public disgust with Washington over the federal shutdown, or does he have something more lucrative or to his liking than being in the House of Representatives?
Who’s on first? When Tim Griffin said he was quitting, our first reaction for a likely candidate was Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, who has also said he would not seek reelection. Then former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays announced he would run for Griffin’s position, and he is a buddy of Townsell.
In the pattern. Our weather has become late October. In general, this is good. We agonize, some of us, about the first frost or the first killing freeze, but it comes along every year. Fall foliage is arriving, and many folks are planning drives to mountain areas to see it. We had a good drink of hot apple cider the other day.
The blame game. The football Razorbacks are not playing this week, and somebody said Open Date was a 6-point favorite over the Hogs. More fingers, but not ours, are pointing at Bret Bielema as the cause of the downslide. Bielema did not recruit the current players. He inherited a seriously depleted cupboard.
Fashion faux pas. We watched Arkansas State in its gray uniforms look pitiful in losing to Louisiana-Lafayette Tuesday night. Memories of the Razorbacks and those ugly “anthracite” outfits came forth. Why would anyone outfit a football team in something that unattractive and with such hard-to-read numbers?
Differences. What did “shutdown” mean? The Buffalo National River did not let folks hunt or canoe. But loggers continued to cut trees in White River National Wildlife Refuge. Sebastian County sheriff’s deputies patrolled Fort Chaffee. Navigation locks were operational on the Arkansas River.
“Funds for the construction of academic buildings – this is the most critical challenge facing higher education, in my opinion.”
— Tom Courtway, president
of the University of Central Arkansas