FFA, foreign language clubs and other student organizations have long turned to community-based fundraisers as a way to offer the students in such programs perks such as club jackets, parties, field trips and more. In Concord, students in Becky Cornett’s Gifted and Talented program are asking for supporters to lace up their running shoes so students can take a bite out of The Big Apple.
As of 2013, the city of Houston, Texas, was estimated to have a population of 2.196 million people. Dallas, meanwhile, boasted 1.258 million. On the other end of the spectrum, Searcy tallied 23,768 townsfolk, according to the United States Census Bureau.
It’s been about 20 years since I took my first couple of trout-fishing trips. Those outings, however, were centered more on fun and fellowship than fishing. They were journeys where several work buddies tried to forget the blues of the retail world while occasionally dunking a worm or spinner into the waters of the Spring or White River.
My first year as caretaker on the farm, a spread of around 1,000-plus acres in southeast Arkansas, saw me take zero deer and only get a look at three whitetails on opening day and two the next day. A year removed from my deer doldrums and after some cooperative efforts with a cousin of the landowner, I found myself in a tower blind overlooking a food plot that the cousin, his son and I had crafted.
I knew there would come a day when I’d be writing these words. This past Mother’s Day was the first one I awoke to without my mom.
Every Mother’s Day before, I had the opportunity to present her with a card, a box of candy or some little something I’d made or bought just for her. In turn, I would receive her thanks and her love.
Thinking of how I looked into her eyes on those occasions, I have remembered every stomach virus, scraped knee and broken heart she rode out with me. I knew that I’d never be able to repay her for all those times, and for so much else.
Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded a tune in 1983 that was penned by Haggard and titled “Reasons to Quit.” The pair of so-called country outlaws sang of a vice or two they shared and lamented on their inability to stop. While Merle and Willie wanted to cease the smoking and drinking, I definitely don’t want to find an anglers’ rehab program.