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May 2003 – Jotting Joan

Month: May 2003

  • SAU dangerous graduation

    The storm clouds flickered with lightning ahead of us as we approached Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia for graduation last week. The threatened rain forced the single commencement ceremony on the football field to become two consecutive ceremonies in the gym. Tornado sirens began screaming as we walked towards the gym. “Looks like we need…

  • Graduation section

    This morning the paper thunked a bit heavier on your driveway – we hope you noticed the reason. Inside is our first, all county-wide high school graduation section. In the past, the News-Times and area residents recognized their graduates in two sections: One for El Dorado High School and one for all the other county…

  • Red van dies

    We were too busy driving to notice, let alone stop and celebrate when our red mini-van’s odometer turned over to 300,000. I intended to write a column about the event, but I was too busy adding on miles to take time to reflect and write. Now it is all over. In our tenth year of…

  • Arkansas legislature

    Quite often politics looks like a lot of smiling, schmoozing and proclamations. Personally I did not understand the real purpose of elected officials until the News-Times editor assigned me the dusty, dry task of compiling information for the daily “Today in History in El Dorado” – a column we ran on the editorial page for…