November 8, 2006 Edition

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Frankly Speaking...

By John Bland

Congratulations to the Hoxie Mustang and the Walnut Ridge Bobcat football teams, who have both qualified for the State Playoffs. This could be the first ~ and is definitely one of the few times ~ both have qualified for state in the same year. The Bobcats head to Earle on Friday, while the Mustangs will go to Gurdon for the first round of playoffs.

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We also congratulate Walnut Ridge native Sam Hilburn of North Little Rock, who Governor Huckabee appointed on Oct. 27 as a new member on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. Hilburn is a successful North Little Rock attorney, who has always been proud of his Walnut Ridge roots.

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Speaking of the University of Arkansas, the Internet is a buzz with fans seeking tickets to the Razorback vs. Tennessee Volunteers football game this Saturday. Earlier in the season, I thought this might be an easy game to find available tickets, since Saturday is also the opening day of modern gun deer season. However, the Razorbacks, too, have had a great season. The U. of A. at Fayetteville will host ESPN College GameDay Built by Home Depot for the first time ever on Saturday from 9-11 a.m.

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Everyone I have talked with is ready for the elections to be over, which by the time you read this will have happened, not counting the possibility of a runoff on Nov. 28. The weeks leading up to the election are hectic for newspapers. Many will breathe a deep sigh of relief that they have passed.

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Anyone driving across Northeast Arkansas on Saturday saw farmers busily harvesting cotton and soybeans before the drenching rains of over three-and-a-half inches fell Sunday and Monday.

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