“Do you know what I want to be when I grow up, Daddy?”
“I am so proud of my little girl. You want to be a doctor? Or maybe a medical researcher?”
“Don’t be silly, Daddy. I want to be a reality-TV star.”
“I have it all figured out. First I’ll make a sex tape with my boyfriend — preferably a professional athlete — and then I’ll make sure somebody steals it and makes it public.”
“A WHAT kind of tape?”
Country singer Faith Hill was nearly two years younger than me when she appeared on the music scene in 1993 with her debut album “Take Me As I Am” and single “Wild One.”
It was the first cassette tape I ever bought with my allowance and years later I found it neat that the first album she ever bought was one by Elvis Presley, who, of course, is my favorite singer. (Hill, a Mississippi native, was a fan too.)
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A new era for an iconic Fayetteville property began after the last of the weekend guests checked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel on Nov. 13. Their exit allowed work to begin on a massive makeover of the 15-story project at 70 N. East Ave. With a $7.1 million building permit in hand, new owners are transforming the 30-year-old high-rise into The Chancellor.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside School District employees will be seeing a little more money in their December paycheck.
The Southside School Board on Nov. 14 approved for all employees to get a holiday bonus in the amount of $50 at a cost of $12,600 to the district.
In other business:
• Southside High School Environmental And Spatial Lab club students Matthew Bostock, Mario Grubin, Savannah Blackston, Jessica Henderson and Tyler Hutchison and instructor Jinger Massey were recognized at the school board’s recent meeting.
ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, said Nancy Orr, who is helping with publicity. Line-up will begin at Forschler Home Center’s parking lot an hour prior to the start of the parade.
Grand marshals will be Mayor Danny Traw and Tonya Traw.
“Santa will be on Main Street in front of the post office handing out goodies,” Orr said. “Come out for a fun-filled afternoon.”
Ash Flat sweatshirts will be ready soon for those who wish to buy them, she said.
SIDNEY — A public meeting to determine the future of the Sidney Post Office is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Sidney Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, and community spokeswoman Lula Phillips is encouraging everyone — especially young people — in the area to attend.
“We want some of the young people here to back us up,” said Phillips. “In some of the other post office meetings they (postal service representatives) have said ‘Look around, there are no young people here.’”
At stake is whether the Sidney Post Office will be closed or remain open, Phillips said.
LITTLE ROCK — The City of Oil Trough will receive $82,518 from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Marine Fuel Tax fund as the result of a decision by the commissioners during last week’s regular meeting, said AGFC spokesman Keith Stephens.
The money will be used to pave and increase the size of the parking area at the White River access at Oil Trough,” Stephens said.
“Oil Trough will provide an in-kind contribution of $25,753 for the $108,271 project,” he said.
Arkansas Insurance Commissioner and former state legislator Jay Bradford was the guest speaker at the Batesville Rotary Club’s noon meeting Nov. 21.
Among the topics Bradford discussed was the commission’s senior citizens program known as SHIIP, or Senior Health Insurance Information Program.
“If you are 65 or older and eligible for Part D Medicare supplements, we can help you,” Bradford told the audience. “We have trained people who know how to get you proper medicare programs.”
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about the homes featured on the Batesville Preservation Association’s Christmas Tour of Historic Homes, set for 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4. For more information about the tour, call Terrell Tebbetts at (870) 307-7342 or (870) 793-2266.
SEARCY (AP) — On Wednesday, an Arkansas institution will lose its foothold in the city of Searcy, culminating nearly five months of legal processing.
The real and intellectual property Yarnell’s Ice Cream Inc. will be put on the auction block at 10 a.m.
The city of Searcy holds the title to some of the property and decided against relinquishing that title to the company’s trustee with hopes that the property would be purchased by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority.