There was no big party to ring in this past year for me. I went to bed early as usual. It’s been a year of many changes for a person who doesn’t like change. I did have a few good things happen this year but for most part, I’m glad to see it end.
I am, however, still grateful for a lot of things in my life.
Despite not drinking all year, it seems like a great big blur. But here are some things I do remember:
• My daughters turned the exciting ages of 11 and 23. Me — just another year older.
At the top of the Legislature’s agenda for 2012 will be several budget matters that affect drug courts, district courts and the Forestry Commission staff.
Finding a stable source of revenue for the state’s 41 drug courts is a concern. Until now, supporters of drug courts have been able to locate a pot of money here and there to provide funds for drug courts on a year-to-year basis.
I confess — I’m a resolution maker.
I’ve found that I’m significantly more successful if I stick to just one realistic resolution. Case in point, “I’m going all organic” in 2003 was a total bust. I was back to Quik Trip corn dogs by mid January.
I’ve found the best resolutions, those where I reap immediate and lasting benefits, are when I set goals for improving my side of an important relationship.
Here’s our modest annual list looking at 2011 — a list that might help guide us in 2012.
Best New National Scene Republican: Former Utah Gov. Jon Hunstman. Some GOPers never forgave him for having served as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China, but he offered the kind of thoughtful conservative Republicanism that could have roped in independents. He would have had a better chance running 10 years ago.
Bring your resolutions and running shoes to this free New Year’s Day event, but leave your watches at home.
Sunday morning at 9, the New Year’s Day Resolution/Prediction Less than 4 Mile Fun Run/Walk is set to start in front of Merchants and Planters Bank on Main Street. It will finish at the same line, and trophies will be awarded to the male and female runners and walkers who finish closest to their predicted times.
Predictions will be taken from the runners and walkers who have not pre-registered, Ken McSpadden said, explaining why watches are not allowed.
FAYETTEVILLE — Rickey Scott’s Arkansas Christmas present didn’t stop at Christmas.
The gifted Razorbacks sophomore from Irving, Texas finally playing to potential with a career high 18 points in Arkansas’ 77-63 victory over Louisiana Tech the Dec. 22 last game before Christmas at Walton Arena, tallied a new career high 23 leading Arkansas to an 80-67 victory over the University of North Carolina’s Charlotte 49ers in Arkansas’ in Walton Arena.
PANGBURN — The Concord Pirates broke away here in the second half and posted a 65-42 victory over the Nemo Vista RedHawks in the semifinals of the Greers Ferry Lake Classic.
Concord led 31-21 at halftime.
Jacob Roark led the winners with 33 points. Teammate Ryan Cornelison added 10.
The Pirates improved to 19-3 and take on the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles tonight at 7:15 in the title game.
Mount Vernon-Enola and Rose Bud are slated to square off in the girls final at 6.
HARRISON — The Batesville Pioneers went 0-for-Harrison.
Thursday afternoon, the Prairie Grove Tigers held on for a 58-50 victory, handing the Pioneers their third loss in as many games in the Lendel Thomas Classic, an annual high school basketball event for boys.
Delton Rhodes led the winners with 24 points.
For Batesville, Tanner Ring and Garrett Denton scored 17 points apiece. Ring added four assists.
The Pioneers hit 16 of 32 shots from the field (two of eight 3-pointers) and hit just four of 13 free throws.
JACKSON, Miss. — The Lyon College women defeated LSU-Shreveport 73-66 here Thursday afternoon in the Belhaven Holiday Basketball Classic, and that result could show up in the next NAIA poll.
The LSUS Lady Pilots went into the game with a 6-3 record and receiving more votes than the Scots, though both are just out of the Top 25.
Even after all the turmoil 2011 brought to sports, what with the NBA and NFL players and owners huddling with lawyers and accountants, more unsettling reports of brains ravaged by hard hits, and college players being given cash, tattoos, access to strip clubs and pretty much anything else you can imagine, the games still mattered.
A Little Rock businessman known for his huge Christmas light display and a Springdale businessman who led his family-owned poultry company into dominance in the market were among the Arkansans who died in 2011.
Jennings Osborne, 67, whose battle with neighbors over his 3.2 million light Christmas display reached the U.S. Supreme Court, died July 27.
Don Tyson, 80, the former chief executive of Tyson Foods who led the company on a path from regional producer to the largest poultry producer in the world, died Jan. 6.