In publishing the winners at the Literacy Council ball tournament, we inadvertently left the name of the head coach for Clinton Smash Brothers 8U team, Forrest Smith, off. (Especially shameful as he’s one of our pastor columnists.) We also misspelled the name of a team member, which should be Garet Green.

We regret any confusion this may cause.

Alumni banquet

We simply have too much to show you, and too much to talk about, to put in a story on Saturday’s Clinton High alumni banquet in this issue. If we are mistaken in taking this course and waiting a week to fit the feature story in, be aware: “Celebrate the successes and learn from the failures” was one of the things we picked up from the keynote.

But yeah, Alumni Banquet in next week’s issue.

And what a week

Because how could we not run a photo spread on the Arkansas Supreme Court holding a session in the school auditorium? The Supreme Court! A session! In Clinton!

Just amazing.

It occurred while sitting there, listening to the back-and-forth between the justices and attorneys, that having been on earth long enough to no longer be classified as a kid, I was in a room listening to a legal debate at a very high level. Then it occurred in the same room some months earlier was a chance to hear, for the first time in experience, a Holocaust survivor speak.

This area was founded by those impressed with the rich land from which things would grow. I seriously doubt those settlers of the 1800s had any idea just how rich and deep it would go. The cultural richness and depth in this land continues to amaze - and inform.

Oh dear

We don’t like to bring this up, in fact we’ll admit we were burned jumping the gun a little early just under a year ago in this very space, but it’s becoming obvious it’s going to take more money than what’s coming in to keep things running in Clinton.

The Fire Department we can expect a special election to get some needed fees heading its way, and now we’re starting to see the infrastructure at Water and Sewer could also use a cash infusion. Not to mention streets.

As Councilwoman Gayla Bradley said at the last meeting “We just keep kicking the can down the road, kicking, kicking, kicking.” She has a point. It’ll be a tough decision - to raise fees to keep the equipment in shape, or spend what we got on duct tape - but it’s a decision becoming more and more obvious in its need.

Second Saturday

Acoustic jam on the Clinton square, maybe get a Farmer’s Market going as well. Mayor McCormac told us we could use the shady side of the courthouse.

Plus A&P’s sponsoring music in the park end of this month, don’t forget that.

1 Peter 2:15-17 (NIV)

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.