Billy Roy Wilson, a mule farmer in Bigelow and part-time federal judge, sent us a copy of a letter he'd sent to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette concerning its persistent misstatement of a key legal event in the 1957 school crisis. Since we've written about it before — and have a copy of the ruling in which a federal judge's words clearly contradict those in D-G boilerplate recitation — we thought we'd share it.
Time was when newspaper journalists prided themselves on being working stiffs: skeptical, cynical and worldly-wise. "If your mother says she loves you, check it out." I've always preferred the unofficial motto of my native New Jersey: "Oh yeah, who says?"
Days ago in this space I made a passing reference to a recent Forbes report that assessed the most valuable college football programs in America. It was in the context of that article that author Chris Smith presented us with a rather jarring bit of data: "The biggest change since 2009 belongs to eighth-ranked University of Arkansas, whose football program climbed 59% in value over the past two years."
Cletus had called earlier and told us that he was getting a new car, something he had spotted in the paper and badgered his mother into buying for him. He'd always been able to get his way with her but now that he was dying, she didn't have a chance.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.