What’s with the rain on the first day of school? This is supposed to be sunny and bright so everyone can get those “out-the-door-pictures” as they head off. Well school will start anyway. Always a new beginning, the first day of school holds promise and apprehension. Here it’s not so bad. Most everyone in your class has been in your class for as long as you’ve been in school and you know the teachers so, there isn’t as much mystery as in the larger schools. When I went to school the elementary schools were like that, but the district was consolidated and when I went into 7th grade, I was bussed to a different school in a different town and was tossed into classes with people I didn’t know. I have always had respect for children who move and enter a new school, since then.
I want to wish everyone a good first day and a good school year. There is much to learn and many reasons to grab that knowledge while you are there. And have a good time while you’re at it.
Guess what! We have a star in Rector. Mrs. Jane Holifield has been nominated for an Emmy! Yes indeed. “Back Road Barns”, a public broadcasting program featuring a look at old barns of Arkansas and their history had a robust clip on the Holifield Farms barns and who better to be interviewed than the Matriarch of the Holifield family, Mrs. Jane. The program has been nominated for an Emmy from NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Science) Mid-America Division. Congratulations to Mrs. Jane and the rest of the staff.
Has anyone heard of the McNiel Opera House, which was supposed to have been in Rector in the 1800s? An entry was found in a book called “Local Glories” under Opera Houses on Main Street. Former Rector residents John Mack an Jennie Mack are looking for information on it. You can contact me if you have any. Thank you.
Have you gotten your Rector Labor Day T-shirts yet? They are here and available for purchase at Centennial Bank, Honeysuckle & Home, Glen Sain Dealership and Rector Downtown Drug. I do have a picture of this year’s design on the website. Click on the link on the home page and scroll through the pictures. I am still adding information as it comes in. If you have anything to add, email it to me and I will update the page. Don’t wait too long to get your shirts, they go more quickly every year.
Tickets are on sale for the Ultimate Oldies who will be here on Friday night, September 1 at the Community Center. Call Linda Robinson or Kim Romine at 870 595-3035 for tickets.
The 5K run/walk will be September 2 and will benefit the Helping Hands Foundation. Kim and David Romine and Heather Simmons will be hosting this event. I will have the information on the website later this week, and you can access the Rector Labor Day Picnic Facebook page as well for more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/124099237732556/ . There will also be information on all the other events. I am still looking for information on the rodeo and all other Labor Day activities. Send me whatever you would like to see on the website and whatever you want me to include in this column. Get ready! Labor Day is almost here.
With that, I will end this. Even when the temperatures are mild, it gets hot in parked cars. DO NOT leave pets or children in the car in this weather. They can die.
Let me know what is going on with you and I will be glad to share it with my readers. I would love to share your vacation stories. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out the www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. Let me know if anything needs to be added or changed. Bye now! Happy School Days!