November 28, 2012 Edition

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Hospitality leaves
lasting good impression

Hospitality is important. We realized that Friday after traveling some 241 miles to Murfreesboro for the Bobcat quarterfinal state football playoff game. The Murfreesboro Rattlers put on a pregame fireworks show, followed by a dramatic delivery of the game ball at mid-field by helicopter.

The game announcer welcomed the many Bobcat fans, who (as he said) had traveled a long distance from Northeast Arkansas. Afterwards, he wished us well in our future playoff games and bid us a safe journey home.

By the way, officials also complimented Coach Larry Treadway on the good sportsmanship of our players, which was nice to hear. That tells me our players and fans also leave an impression on the opposing team and community.

Until you're on the receiving end of hospitality, especially a long way from home, you don't realize how much it is appreciated. Maybe Murfreesboro is used to being hospitable as the home of the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Whatever the reason, it makes a return visit there a favorable option.

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Lorra Whitmire of the Downtown Walnut Ridge organization has helped coordinate a community pep rally for the Bobcat football team Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Beatles Park.

As she said, the pep rally will give those not going to Junction City a chance to wish the Bobcats well and show their support. It will be a long trip to Junction City, located on the Louisiana border and a trip of approximately four hours and 43 minutes, according to Google maps.

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One lucky ticket holder will become the owner of a 2012 Camaro on Saturday. A drawing for the vehicle will be held at 2 p.m. at Cavenaugh Auto World.

Ticket holders do not have to be present to win. Tickets are still available from any Kiwanis Club member or by calling 870-679-9663 or Goin' Postal, 886-5060.

The giveaway, a joint project of Cavenaugh, the Kiwanis Club and the City of Walnut Ridge, is an effort to raise matching funds to upgrade the swimming pool at Walnut Ridge's Stewart Park with the addition of a splash pad.

Members of the Kiwanis Club have up to 2,000 tickets at a cost of $100 each. However, members report that at present, only approximately 300 have been sold, so the odds of winning are better than originally thought.

American Idol contestant Lauren Gray will be visiting here Saturday to encourage more ticket sales.

Gray will be at Cavenaugh's from noon to 2 p.m. for a meet and greet, said Charles Snapp, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. "She wants to support efforts to benefit the kids and our park, through the sale of tickets for the splash car.

Lauren is going to draw the winning ticket.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House said earlier this year that the funds will be used to match a 50-50 grant for a 40 X 50 foot splash pad to be added to the existing pool and pool area and expanded perimeters to create the swim park.

Cost of the splash pad is estimated to be $200,000.

Cavenaugh Auto Group donated the new $32,000 vehicle to use for the effort, and the ticket sales give others an opportunity, not just to win the vehicle, but to do something to improve our quality of life.

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