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BITS & PIECES: Saturday, May 14

We get excited about stargazing and full moons, and this weekend we get to celebrate a total lunar eclipse of the Blood Moon. Stay up late Sunday for something you won’t see very many times in your life. The eclipse begins at 8:32 p.m., with the climax set for 11:11 p.m. After 1:50 a.m. Monday, fugettabout it! Speaking of eclipses, we’ve heard the total solar eclipse of 2024 is expected to attract a LOT of folks from all around to the Natural State. So many tourists, in fact, that planning has already begun for the expected influx of people.

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The next thing I knew there were policemen and paramedics on the scene, and I would exhale my cigarette smoke through my newly discovered orifice. This was the source of great amusement to the officers on scene. 

On this weekend 10 years ago the Warrior Dash was held in Amity, drawing a crowd of some 10,000 people to Timber Lodge for a challenging run that took participants above and beneath numerous obstacles and ending with a mud pit lined above with barbed wire. (Source: coverage by the Daily Siftings Herald, found in the Riley-Hickingbotham Library at Ouachita Baptist University)

Be sure and participate in our READER POLL. This week’s question is “Who should be Arkadelphia’s next superintendent?” The poll is located on the right-hand side of the home page; mobile users should scroll past the top stories and the several advertisements (take note of those ads, though, and click on any that interest you!). At the time of this writing we had more than 50 responses, but would love to have as many votes as possible before noon Monday, when we’ll take the poll down and release the results.

The first week of early voting wraps up today. We’ve been asked about what’s on the ballot. READ THIS STORY and take note of the voterview.org option to see your ballot before heading out to vote.

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