By Joel Phelps
From here on, I’ll be posting semi-regular stories in a column I’m calling “Bits & Pieces.” Its name says it all: it’s bits and pieces of information that comes across my desk, or random thoughts on my mind between each post that don’t warrant an entire story but deserve a place on this news website. I assure you that if you enjoy what you consume while visiting The Arkadelphian, you’ll find this column worthwhile.
This Saturday marks another Duck Derby Festival to raise funds for the Percy and Donna Malone Child Safety Center. This promises to be a fun event and is a fundraiser for a worthwhile cause. I recently toured their facility and was especially moved by the hundreds of handprints on the walls. Kudos to the person behind that idea, as it communicates to the young victims who walk through these doors that they are not alone.
Installing loud exhaust pipes on a vehicle seems to be popular among young men nowadays, but it’s really aggravating to have to listen to this when you’re trying to enjoy an otherwise peaceful afternoon in the yard. This is the city of Arkadelphia, not the Diamond Park Speedway or the Prescott Raceway.
We recently lost a dear member of our family. He was an old Chihuahua who lived a long, happy life. Interestingly, we adopted him during the first months of my journalism career, back when I worked at The Gurdon Times. I paid the sweet little guy homage in an obituary you can read HERE. I recommend anyone who loses a pet dear to them to write a memorial/obituary and post it to that page. For a minimal cost, you can make the memorial as long as you’d like.
I had a reader call recently to tell me she was the intended target of a snail mail scam in which the sender wanted to give her money because she was the last survivor of a wealthy person in a foreign country. Anyone who gets promised money for nothing should steer clear! My advice to her and everyone was to ignore anything that sounds too good to be true. Use common sense — there’s no such thing anymore as a free lunch!
I urge anyone who spots a factual error on this website to call or text 501-304-2134. I strive for perfection, but so long as I put my pants on one leg at a time I’ll be making mistakes. If you ever see a typographical error on my page, that’s another story, because my cat likes to bwral across my keyboard when she visits my office space.
The Arkadelphian is in its ninth month since the initial launch of the website. Readership is growing daily — it’s actually nudging the daily circulation of the now-defunct Siftings Herald — and we’re now up to 3,000 followers on Facebook. My digital counterparts magnoliareporter.com and mysaline.com each have more than 30K Facebook followers, but considering they’ve both been in business for more than a decade, I’m impressed by the success of this young website’s growing following. Thanks for reading, and please continue to like, share, re-Tweet or whatever suits your social media fancy.
Keep in mind that advertisers keep this site alive. Something really neat about this online “newspaper” is that all advertisers have the option of including a link directly to their website or social media page — any URL of their choice so long as it’s a safe site. So while you’re clicking through the site and reading, be sure and click on the ads: you never know what you might learn about the businesses in our community. And, if you happen to see one of this website’s advertisers, be sure and tell them you saw their ad here.