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Editorial for June 11, 2014

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In case you’ve just joined our readership, this is Greenwood’s “hometown”, home owned, home focused newspaper. We began publishing the newspaper in February 2012. It was an immediate success because it focuses on our great quality of life. You can read the bad news anywhere, so we don’t include stories of murder, rape and child pornographers that seem to fill other publications. To the extent possible, we are a family friendly newspaper and that goes for our advertising as well. There is nothing in this newspaper that would embarrass my mother, my children or yours. “Hometown’’ to us means Greenwood, Washburn, Milltown, Excelsior, Shadow Lake, Jenny Lind, Rye Hill, Witcherville and Dayton. If it’s happening in our area, we want to know about it and promote the good things that make life here the delight that it is.

We print two issues each month and an occasional extra/special issue. News is gathered, sports covered and news items are submitted. Our sports writer-Richard White-provides the best in sports coverage of any newspaper we’ve seen, but, he can’t be at everything. If your children are involved in sporting events that you’ve not read about, let us know, send us the photos and we’ll get them in the paper.

There are no subscriptions sold. The Greenwood Tradition arrives in your mailbox or on your doorstep courtesy of the advertisers in this issue. We hope you’ll patronize them and mention the ads you see.  Our next issue will be June 25.

Mayor and Sheriff Arrested and Jailed

Greenwood’s very first mayor was arrested and held at the Old Jail which is now a museum. He broke out of jail and hid out in Texas. Later a sheriff met similar fate. The South Sebastian County Historical Society meeting on June 16 will feature an account of the events presented by area Jurist, legal scholar and legal historian-the Honorable Jim Spears. Judge Spears has been a driving force behind the United States Marshal’s Museum. He is an entertaining speaker and his remarks are sure to make for a great evening of fact-filled historical amusement. Make plans to attend. The programs are always interesting and the Society is a moving force for the future of the community while preserving its past.

Danny Burton

There is a granite stone for this veteran and hero in the Town Square with the stones commemorating the sacrifices for freedom made by our veterans. Danny’s love of the hunt is the focus of the Outdoor News segment in this issue. For me, the photo on the front page said it all: A veteran and a flag in complete silence holding their own against a powerful backdrop of nature. I hope you joy the story.

Barbecue Cook-Off

You will see in this issue that there is a Barbecue Cook-off fundraiser for the Christian motorcycle ministry known as “Road Riders for Jesus.” The event is Saturday June 14 in Bell Park. It’s for a good cause. You will also see in this issue the types of things that ministry does with its money. Come out and enjoy the fun and the Barbecue.

Because I know good barbecue when I taste it, I’ve been asked to judge the contest along with two other guys, neither of whom knows the first thing about good barbecue. They are Colonel Mark Anderson of the 188th Fighter Wing-Arkansas Air National Guard and Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow. Meet us in Bell Park and enjoy the fun and good food as I guide these two neophytes through the subtleties of good ole southern barbecue.

Cub Scouts

Even in America, good citizenship does not just happen, it is taught…and usually by example. I had the privilege to be the guest speaker at a Cub Scout meeting last month and was amazed at how courteous and curious those young people are. I left there with the distinct notion that the future looks brighter than I had realized. Thank you, Pack 2054. And thank you, Scoutmasters Elysa Turner and David Furlow for the examples you are setting.

Business in Greenwood

Local merchants all seem to say that business is good. People are shopping at home and we are proud to be a part of that. Local business owners are the folks whose kids attend school with your kids. They are the people you sit near in church on Sunday and business owners who contribute to local charities, sporting events and school activities. They deserve your patronage. I know there are things you can buy in Greenwood and I know the internet is an easy way to shop, but remember this; sales tax collections make things happen in your community.

Next issue will carry a story on business activities that indicate promising news in Greenwood, Arkansas, where I remain,

Yours for a kinder tomorrow,

Kenneth Lawton Edwards, Editor



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