After several days of sunshine and mild weather we will be looking at rain for the next few days. Flowers are beginning to be evident everywhere and the trees are budding out. I guess it is almost spring for sure. Still a little over a week before the official first day of spring, but I think we can count on it gracing us with its splendor. It should be a magnificent spring this year with all the rain we’ve had.
Congratulations to Cathy Louder. She is finally free of the boot and hobbling around pretty good on her own. Still pretty careful not to step on anymore big rocks.
Got a couple of scams I want to warn you about. The first one is a computer scam. If you get a pop-up that says you need to “Optimize your computer,” be aware that it comes with a price tag of around $200.00. You can exit that screen and return to your normal working environment at no cost, without even calling the phone number provided.
Another is a phone call from your internet/tv provider. They offer you a big discount on your bill if you sign up for a special promotion rate for two years with the option to renew at that rate when the contract is up. Only problem is they need a couple of hundred dollars up front to start the process. Your best bet is to check with your provider first. Don’t send them any money and don’t give them a check number.
With these both popping up this past week, I just want to remind everyone that there are always a lot of scam calls from the IRS this time of year too. The IRS will not call you and threaten you. You will be notified via mail if you have a problem you need to deal with. Don’t give out your social security number or any information about your bank account.
If the scams aren’t bad enough, we still have the Coronavirus to contend with. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to be with us for a while. I urge you to get your information from the CDC or your health care provider to stay safe. As I said last week. There is no need for 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 and it is sometimes fatal. If you think you have been exposed to the virus or that you have the virus, you should contact your personal doctor and arrange to quarantine yourself at home. 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.
We are a very mobile population, however and we travel a lot, so let’s be careful. 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.
The Rector Community Museum was recognized by Arkansas Delta Byways and presented with a beautiful award for “Significant contributions in preserving and promoting the natural and cultural heritage of Eastern Arkansas.” We are a little proud of our museum and all the work they have put into it. Way to go folks!
A continuing 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.