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Thumbs: County Christmas, Markham Street start, holiday thievery

Posted: December 7, 2013 - 7:25pm

Stepping out front. Thank you, Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson, for spearheading the courthouse Christmas tree project. It and the big one at Rogers Plaza give us something extra here in the holiday season. Dodson tells us also that the old, criticized courthouse still has use. Remember the adage of “lead, follow or get the heck out of the way.”

Starting point. The get-together this week about the Markham Street overhaul in downtown Conway was positive – for the most part. This is not something that will happen overnight, nor is it an effort of any one entity or individual. What is essential is for someone to make the first positive step, to turn the first spade of earth.

Be on guard. Thievery does not take a holiday at Christmas. Thievery increases at Christmas. When you go shopping, put purchases out of sight in your car or truck when you stop somewhere else, even for a few minutes. Crooks who don’t see something tempting are much less likely to break into a vehicle.

What a finish. We have no football-fan connection with either Alabama or Auburn except for a liking of Arkansas product Gus Malzahn. That amazing conclusion to the epic game Saturday is a memory for the ages. Malzahn’s team was prepared for a missed field goal. Nick Saban’s Alabama crew was not.

A bit of encouragement. The Arkansas Razorbacks, multi-touchdown underdogs, lost to LSU in the final moments of a game the Hogs should have won. Our take is Arkansas was tired, perhaps exhausted near the end. LSU had some key injuries but had the depth to offset them. Recruiting is the next and vital step for Arkansas.

Look at the book. Two young hunters in our community went to a public wildlife area and wound up with violation citations that were costly. The lesson here is that wildlife management area hunting often has different rules from private land hunting. Hunting is much more complex these days. Read the Game and Fish Commission Hunting Guidebook before heading out.

“In a way we’re going back to try to correct urban sprawl (with the Markham Street project). It doesn’t look like it now, but that was Conway’s first area of urban sprawl.”

— Bryan Patrick,

Conway director of planning.

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