Wide exposure. Conway Wampus Cats should be known across the nation now, at least to people who watch television’s Big Brother reality show. Contestant Spencer Clawson, the red-bearded fellow, regular, wears a t-shirt with the Wampus Cat message. He has survived, so far, the program’s many machinations.
Community asset. Conway has a number of things going for it, and a dependable water supply is one. Brewer Lake is the source. A little to the south, Maumelle is in a bind for water and is looking to drill five or so new wells to augment its current 11. We are told that when you can get good lake water, it’s more of a sure thing than well water.
A reminder. A new Arkansas law requires motorists to move over a lane, when possible, as they approach any vehicle with emergency lights flashing parked on the side of the road. The previous law applied only to law enforcement vehicles with flashing lights. This expansion is a common sense bit of legislation.
Bit of nostalgia. Driving past the Hendrix football — yes, football — field the other day, we glanced at the practice in progress. Some memories came back. The plain vanilla practice uniforms even looked like those of Warrior players many years ago. And there were not all that many fellows in those uniforms. But it is a start.
The people factor. No matter how secure, how state-of-the-art a jail is, there is still the human element involved in its effectiveness. Case in point is three inmates escaping the Faulkner County Detention Center. Apparently someone left something open or unlocked. But the group has been recaptured.
Make your plans. Quite a few Faulkner County folks go to other states to hunt elk, mule deer, antelope and such. A new Arkansas regulation says they cannot bring back carcasses because of the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD). But they can return legally with boned-out meat and cleaned skulls for taxidermy mounts.
“You don’t want the tale of two Americas where you have the urban and suburban Americans getting everything — the latest and the greatest, most cutting-edge — and the rural Americans totally left behind.”
— Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor on the lack of Internet access in some rural areas.