Happy New Year still. 2018 has already made itself known as being a year like no other. We began in temperatures a deep freeze would envy and stayed there until yesterday. Under the Good News Column, we survived. It should cut down on our fleas, ticks, and other pests that bother our pets, our crops and ourselves in the spring. We did not have any precipitation, so we didn’t have ice. Although, I am pretty sure some of us didn’t have water either if we didn’t leave faucets dripping. And we are above freezing finally. Rain has probably never looked so good.
We can look to the east to see how bad it could have been and then meekly put on another sweater, and warm socks, and cook those oven dishes that make the house smell so good. Then we can make believe it really isn’t so bad after all. My visual for this winter (so far) is the extreme high tide coming into Massachusetts and freezing solid at a level with the bottom of car windows. No, we don’t have it so bad.
In the middle of this cold snap a new Miss Arkansas Delta’s Outstanding Teen was crowned. Amelia Collins is the new Miss Arkansas Delta’s Outstanding Teen for 2018, but guess who is 1st Runner Up. Our own Miss Sophie Simmons. Congratulations, Sophie. We are proud of you. Again, I marvel at the beautiful women in Rector and the talent we have here. And I am not just talking about the youngsters either.
Get well wishes go out to Logan Buck who was injured in an off-roading accident last week. He gave everyone a good scare, but is improving daily. Take it easy Logan and heal.
Coming up is a huge celebration right here in Greater Downtown Rector. Mark your calendars because on March 31, we will be welcoming home the Vietnam Veterans as they should have been welcomed in 1975. A committee has been formed and is lead by Joey Pruett. Look for the Facebook page for further information and share it to get the word out as far as possible. This is not only for Rector Vets, but for Northeast Arkansas Vets and anyone else who wants to come.
The showcase entertainment will be provided by Jimmy Fortune. He will give a short performance in the afternoon at the Rector Veterans Memorial Park and a full-on concert at the Rector Community Center in the evening. You will be hearing more about this as we crystalize the plans. But bottom line is March 31, Rector will honor the Veterans of the Vietnam War and their families. You will not want to miss this opportunity.
As always there are warnings. There are so many internet scams as well as telephone scams, you are bound to come across something that puts you at risk. If you have any discomfort with an ad, a call or email, contact the company directly. The IRS will NOT call you and threaten you. No bank or credit card company or reputable company of any kind, will call you or email you and ask for personal information or passwords. If you feel you have received a phishing communication, report it to the Arkansas Attorney General.
With that I will close. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column. Visitors or trips you have taken are fun to share.
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Goodbye for now.