Wow! September is gone already. It seemed to zip by in a hurry. There were several events to keep it moving, beginning with Labor Day weekend. Football started for the school teams and a marvelous play presented by the CCAC. It also turned out to be one of the wettest Septembers on record. That’s okay. We didn’t have any bad storms. Other parts of the country weren’t so lucky. Hurricane Florence battered the coastal and interior areas of both North and South Carolina causing massive flooding. They will be needing our help and our prayers for a long time to come.
Today is the first day of October, the first day of the last quarter of 2018. It has been a wild year so far and there is no reason to believe it will end with any less excitement. October means harvest is in full swing and the cotton gins are ginning, and the grain silos are filling up. You will likely meet up with a fair number of farming equipment on the roadways. That’s just the way it is, here in the Delta region. Farming is our way of life. That tractor or cotton picker is probably only going a mile or two, so just be patient while you follow along. You might even want to say a silent thank you to all the farmers that keep us fed and clothed all year long. They work hard.
Rector lost five good men this past week. Estel “Sims” Martin, Weldon Mobley, Doyce “Tad” Spinks, Richard Simmons, and Bill Mitchell. Please keep their families in your prayers. All of these men made their mark on Rector in some way and all of them will leave Rector a little bit diminished. Richard Simmons, the only one of the men I knew well, was one of the first people I met when my husband and I moved to Rector. From the day I met him and Shirley, I considered them friends. I cannot yet imagine Rector without Richard.
Hayden and Emma Crancer had a good weekend showing their prize-winning dog, Louie. Another trifecta win for the little champion, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He won Best of Breed all three days at the Hot Springs National Park KC show making 20 BOBs for him so far. What an honor for this little guy and for Hayden and Emma. Congratulations to you all.
The Community Center will be holding its annual Craft Fair on Saturday November 17. Registration forms will be sent out this week. If you would like to have a booth and haven’t already done so, you can call Linda Robinson at 870 595-3035. This is always a popular event regardless of the weather as it is indoors. It runs from 9:00a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the crowd ebbs and flows throughout the day. They serve breakfast and lunch and snacks in the snack bar and they have door prize drawings throughout the day. Make your plans to be there.
The Methodist Church Rummage Sale is this weekend. Thursday and Friday. This is always a good place to look for clothes, small appliances, knick-knacks and the unexpected treasure. Drop by and take a look.
Next weekend is the Rector Citywide Yard sale. If you are wanting to participate in that, Saturday, Oct 13, you will not need to get a permit. Spread the word.
You must register to vote by October 9 in order to vote in the mid-term election. Your vote is important. We have several people running for election to various positions this year and a few pieces of Arkansas legislation to be voted on. So, make your plans and study the legislation carefully so you can vote as an informed citizen. If you aren’t registered to vote it is time to get that done. If you want to be sure you are registered, you can check at: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/ . Just enter the state and your name and birthday and it will tell you if you are still registered. You can vote at the polls on election day (November 6) or you can get a mail in ballot or an absentee ballot (request before October 30) or you can vote early at the courthouse between October 22 and November 5. Your vote does count.
I suppose that’s all I have to tell you this week. Let me know who is visiting who and what is going on in your life and I will share it with everyone else. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997. Check out your Rector, Arkansas website: www.rectorarkansas.com from time to time. I love to be told I need to update it and I take all suggestions to heart. Take a look.
Goodbye for now.