Today is Martin Luther King Day. Many of you will be too young to remember him as he was killed in 1968, but you might remember reading about him in your history books. The 1960s were a turbulent time in our country as we waged a war against discrimination. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was a civil rights leader and activist. He had a dream that all people could live and work and play together regardless of the color of their skin or their beliefs. He preached, marched and taught the ideas of equality, civility, and respect for one another. He became a target for those who thought he was wrong and on April 4, 1968, he was shot and killed in Memphis.
His followers have continued his fight, sharing his dream and making more and more progress as the years passed. When the 3rd Monday of January was declared a day to honor him, it was planned to use this day as a day of service, service to one another, service to the greater good, service to benefit all people, the earth. Today as we watch racial tensions rise and antisemitism grow, it might be time for all of us to take a breath. We have come a long way since the 60s, but we still have a very long way to go before we reach that plateau of mutual respect and equality. Let’s keep trying.
Congratulations to the following band members for their participation in the Region V, Junior-Senior All-Region Clinic this past weekend. Junior High: Ethan Simmons – 1st Band, 2nd Chair, Trumpet; Evan Holmes -1st Band, 8th Chair, Trumpet. Senior High: Travis Slaughter – 1st Band, 2nd Chair, Tuba. Good job, gentlemen.
This will be a busy week for Basketball. The Cougars and Lady Cougars will be playing at Home all four nights. Monday the Lady Cougars play Bay with the tip-off at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday the boys play Bay, tipping at 5:00 p.m. Thursday the girls play BIC, tip at 5:00 p.m. Friday it’s the boys vs BIC, tip at 5:00. There will be a chili cook-off during the girls’ games. Good luck to teams.
HOMECOMING is Friday, January 24.
With all the other news on recently, you may have missed the news that the Equal Rights Amendment was ratified in Virginia, making Virginia the 38th state and the last one necessary to ratify the amendment and allow it to become part of the Constitution of the United States of America. The Amendment passed the Senate and the House of Representative in 1972 but has taken a while for enough states to ratify it. It reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” We have made a lot of progress in that area since then, but it is still good to have this as part of the Constitution.
Last week’s Third Thursday Mini-Concert at the Museum drew a crowd to hear Band Trippp play and sing. They entertained with some familiar Bluegrass tunes and with several originals songs as well. The next Third Thursday event will be in March as February is simply too full to fit in a Mini-Concert. The Museum will be open regular hours so come on down and look around.
Events to look for in February include the Clay County Arts Council’ “Night of Chocolate” and the annual Chili Cook-Off, both at the Rector Community Center.
A reminder that the Census Bureau is looking for census takers for the Rector area. If you are looking for some extra money and working your own hours and getting paid while you are in training, you might do well to look into this temporary part time job. It pays $17.00 per hour plus .58 cents per mile. You can set your own hours and paid training is provided. There are several different positions open. You can view the job descriptions at www.2020census.gov/jobs and can submit an application online.
The census is important. You do want to be counted. It’s one way you have to influence the support you get. It is the tool for establishing the true population of cities and towns, counties, states and US territories and the population of the entire nation. The census count determines government funding for things like roads and bridges and other infrastructure projects. Schools, medical facilities and personnel, emergency services, like the Police and Fire Department and EMTs are also funded and staffed based on the number of people they will be serving. It is the count that matters. The census matters. Its reliability matters. So, look for your form in the mail and be sure you and your household are accounted for. I will post information frequently between now and April 1.
There will be more posted on the www.Rectorarkansas.com website and on the Rector, Arkansas Facebook page. Check it out. And be sure to complete you census when it arrives.
That’s it for this week. I am always updating the Rector website. Please take a look at the web page and let me know if there are updates or changes that need to be made. I do take suggestions and criticism fairly well. www.rectorarkansas.com . It’s your page for your town, so give me your input.
What else is going on that you would like to see in this column? Give me a heads up and I will share it with everyone else. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Phone number (870) 595-4997.
God bless our troops