Frankly speaking...

John Bland

Our reporters tell us that the community Trunk-R-Treat on Halloween night drew a huge crowd with a line of people waiting their turn to get in the Van Atkins Event Center. The event was moved inside due to the forecast for rain. The event was coordinated by the Lawrence County 4-H program, Downtown Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce with participation from other clubs and organizations.

Although skies were partly clear early on Halloween evening, the rain clouds moved through and brought some intermittent showers.

At our house, we had quite a few trick-or-treaters. One of the cutest was a little guy dressed as a mouse and sitting in a red wagon that had been topped with a wood block to appear like a giant mouse trap.

Speaking of rain, as we drove to Augusta for the Bobcat football game Friday, the skies overhead were virtually cloudless. One big cloud appeared in the sky as we approached Augusta. That cloud was the first of a line of clouds that brought a series of rain showers during the game. However, the outcome of the game was a positive 58-12 victory for the Bobcats, and fields and pavement north of Augusta appeared dry as we drove home.


Congratulations to the Walnut Ridge Junior High Bobcats on finishing the 2013 season with a perfect 8-0 record and a conference championship.

Congratulations are due to the Hoxie Mustang football team, which still maintains a perfect 9-0 record, with only one regular season game left.

With the junior high season ending this past Thursday, both the Hoxie and Walnut Ridge senior high football games will be played Thursday night. Senior Night will be celebrated prior to both home games, which are the last of the regular season before the state playoffs.


The arrival of November came with a change in mindset. The daylight hours have been getting shorter, and now, with the end of Daylight Saving Time, sunset arrives just after 5 p.m. These long nights do take some adjustment for me, and I admit to having a touch of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) brought on by the shorter days.

Although it's tempting to settle in and be sedentary during the fall and winter months, I realize it is a good time to make the extra effort get exercise and eat healthy - and in moderation. After all, the arrival of November means the coming of the holidays, which bring more challenges to get exercise and eat healthy.

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