The sun is shining, and my daffodils are in bloom. Could spring be just around the corner? We certainly aren’t threatened with any winter cold fronts in the next few days. The spring equinox is a mere three weeks away. I think rain is going to be the primary weather event for the next week.
The Ryan Rogers Chili Cook Off was a raging success. As always, we were glad to have the family of Ryan Rogers at the head table. As many of you know, Ryan was the winner of the first cook off. A sportswriter for the Clay County Times Democrat, he was well known around Rector and Piggott and liked by all. The Rector Community Center decided after his death that we would dedicate the annual cook off to him and established a scholarship in his name. Each year we draw a crowd and the chili competition is fierce. We also have a category for soup and for jambalaya.
This year’s first place winner for chili was Barbara Jones, 2nd place went to Farren Young and 3rd to Richard McAlister. First place in soup went to Kim Isom. 2nd place to Whitney Latimer, and 3rd place winner was Bailey Hoots. In the Jambalaya category Brad Green won 1st place with Tom Colbert taking 2nd and David Cagle winning 3rd place. Really great entries and a marvelous crowd. Thanks to the cooks, to Piggott State Bank for door prizes, Wise Company for a donation for a silent auction and to the Rector Community Center Committee for all their effort. A special salute to Jane and Marvin Gatewood. And of course a big thank you to everyone who came out to have chili with us.
How about those basketball boys! They are working their way up the ladder to the 2A State Championship. Their next game will be played at Quitman High School at 5:30 on Thursday, March 5th, where they will face off with the Fordyce Red Bugs. Go team, Go! t’s your right and your responsibility, so get out there and vote. Early voting ends today. Tomorrow you can vote at the Community Center.
I want to say a few words about the coronavirus. We are not going to panic, but it’s a good idea to be prepared. For most people the virus presents mild symptoms, similar to those of a cold. Some people might not even realize it isn’t a cold. It is extremely contagious, however and people with compromised immune systems or a tendency to respiratory issues or have had pneumonia are at higher risk. Also, elderly people should be careful. The virus could cause them to be very ill. It would be a good idea to have enough food on hand for at least a week or 10 days and plenty of rehydrating drinks, like Gatorade or Pedialyte to make sure you don’t get dehydrated from the fever. You can get tips and the latest information by logging on to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ . If you think you have the virus, call your doctor before you go to the office. There are no cases reported in Arkansas at this time. Number one preventative is to wash your hands often and don’t touch your face with your hands. Let’s stay well and look out for one another.
Don’t forget that Cory Jackson will be the entertainment at the Rector Community Museum, Third Thursday mini concert on April 16. Ticket prices are $10.00 - $25.00. Contact Joey Pruett for tickets: 870 595-4053.
Another 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. I will post information frequently between now and April 1.
There is more posted on the www.Rectorarkansas.com website and on the Rector, Arkansas Facebook page. Check it out. And be sure to complete your 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.