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Fox's Den: School Board election today

Posted: September 16, 2013 - 2:53pm

Step into my den, pull up a comfy chair and a cup of tea, and let’s chat.

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!  Today is the day at the Greenbrier Civic Event Center from 8 am to 4:30 p.m. Jeremy Riddle and Daryl Davis are in a hotly contested race for School Board representative.   Riddle’s dad was a Greenbrier School Board member 25 years ago and Riddle says, “I want to be on the team to continue the vision.” Jeremy is a Greenbrier business owner and a founding Board Member of Soaring Wings Ranch. His three children are still attending school in the District. Two of Davis’ children are now in college and two are still in the District. This is his second time to run for the Greenbrier School Board. After retiring United States Navy, Davis works for Cromwell Architects Engineers.

Greenbrier High School band steps off at 5:30 p.m. today from the Courthouse Square in Conway to march the mile and a half in the Faulkner County opening day parade. Go and cheer them on.

District Superintendent Spainhour announced a special meeting for all teachers to address the “hot topic” of 2014 Employee Health Insurance. Senator Stephen Meeks will be present to address the issue. Many teachers have voiced objections to as much as 48 percent increases in their health insurance rates coming in January 2014 and wondered why the School Board does not increase at the same percentage. Spainhour said, “Time and again, the Board has wrestled with this decision—whether to give excess funds to all teachers in the form of an extra pay check or to pass on the excess to lower insurance rates. Each time, the consensus has been to give the raise to all teachers instead of just those few who have insurance through the Employee Health Plan.” Governor Mike Beebe stated in a television interview that only about half of all teachers in the state use the Employee Health Plan. I predict this issue will get hotter before resolved.

There are still a few booths available if you would like to enter the Greenbrier Arts/Crafts Fair September 25. This is a time when most people begin their Christmas shopping in Greenbrier for such hand-made things as dog clothes, jewelry, paintings, metal work, gift baskets and ornaments. Call 501-679-6362.

Don’t forget breakfast at the Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market goes through Nov. 2 — a great time to pick up fresh veggies, meet and greet your neighbors and support local growers.

One of my favorite people, Judge Amy Brazil, announced her candidacy for the 1st Division Circuit Court judgeship, 20th judicial district—which is Faulkner, Van Buren and Searcy counties. You Go Girl! If anyone can handle a courtroom with heart and fairness, it is Judge Brazil.

Tomorrow is National Rehabilitation Day. If you have ever seen my son tooling around town on his 3-wheeler with the little flag up, then you can appreciate what rehab specialists do.They are miracle workers who give tirelessly to help people walk and talk again. You can never know until you need one how good they are. My favorite day is coming Sunday….National Ice Cream Cone day—any flavor, any size. Bring ‘em on.

Please send Greenbrier news, questions, comments, or suggestions to BJ Fox in The Fox’s Den at  greenbrier@thecabin.net or bjfox2005@windstream.net or call 501-679-3690.

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