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Early voting for the May 24 primary begins Monday.  For the past few months, The Record has profiled candidates, discussed issues and held “On the Record” forums with candidates for the contested races for sheriff, county judge, justice of the peace, and school board. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the forums, log on to our website and look under our “News” tab, where you will find a link to the forums as well as profiles of candidates.

Johnna Watkins Cornett, a good friend of The Record, posted a pretty stunning statistic on Facebook last week.

I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of The Madison County Record. A series of articles written by General Manager Shannon Hahn, Publisher Ellen Kreth and summer intern Celia Kreth last week won the 2021 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism at Harvard University.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo National River’s designation as our country’s first national river. Enjoying wildlife and the outdoors is a way of life for residents of The Natural State and the Buffalo National River has helped countless Arkansans do just that. As we commemorate National Park Week, we celebrate this milestone and all of Arkansas’s national treasures.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. played the character Rod Tidwell in the 1996 movie “Jerry Maguire.”

Arkansans are unfortunately familiar with the devastating impacts of tornadoes. I’ve seen the damage left in their powerful wake and talked with homeowners, businesses and local leaders about the challenges they face in getting things back to normal. In the face of these trials, I have also seen the resolve of citizens determined to rebuild and the care of those who offer hope through words and deeds to friends and neighbors experiencing some of the greatest hardships of their lives.

It appears the Madison County Quorum Court will have to start over regarding where a potential jail could be located. The court previously voted to build a possible jail near the EMS building off of Highway 74, but to build there will add more than $2 million to the estimated overall costs, according to SouthBuild.

The tornado that hit parts of Fayetteville and Springdale last Wednesday was about five or six minutes, or 1.5 miles, from the Harrington house. Our cellphones screamed out a warning at 4:12 a.m., but the damage had already happened.

Honoring our veterans is an important part of reflecting on the service and the sacrifice of millions of brave men and women who have stood in defense of our nation. We demonstrate our appreciation for the courage and bravery of the Armed Forces with fitting tributes from the National Mall in the nation’s capital to communities throughout Arkansas.

Kayla May saw her Huntsville home last week for the first time in more than a month. The 16-year-old sophomore at Huntsville High School spent several weeks at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Arkansas youth have adapted to changes in how and where they learn in recent years. Our students have demonstrated their ability to quickly adjust to shifting circumstances. As high school students prepare for their next chapter, we need to ensure they have the tools and resources to be successful. There are exciting workforce development opportunities in The Natural State helping to shape bright futures for these young people. 

The United States of America is a leader in both energy and food production. We are blessed with tremendous resources that have helped our country thrive and enabled Americans to enjoy the benefits of ample access to necessities and staples for everyday living.

Pastor Kelly Lindsey admits that when a member of the Madison County Cowboy Church asked about making a donation, he was thinking the man would drop maybe a hundred dollars in the bucket.

There is a major disconnect between the struggles Americans experience every day and the image President Biden and his team are trying to project. This is most apparent in rural America. In his State of the Union address, the president only mentioned the word “rural” once, and the administration has failed to prioritize the needs of our farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers.

I try to empathize with people during certain interviews and articles I’m writing. Often that’s easy to do. Other times it’s impossible.

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