I attended the groundbreaking last week in Monette and Leachville for the new Buffalo Island Central school buildings and I toured the new Manila High School building under construction at the June board meeting. A ground breaking for the new senior citizen center in Manila was held last week. The five lane highway is coming along throughout the area and I am happy to see all of the improvements across Buffalo Island.
I jokingly say from time to time, “I hope I live to see the five lanes from Blytheville to Jonesboro.” It was about 10 years or so ago when I started saying it so now I really mean it. It will be great when it is all finished.
I should remind everyone to be extra cautious as they drive in the work areas. It seems to me it has been difficult, especially driving at night. The road construction has continued and in the future we will reap the benefits of the new highway.
During school days we have a lot of young drivers on their way to school and older ones driving to work. Even though we may be close to home, we still need to be careful and be aware in the construction areas.
I am proud to see our schools growing and doing well. I have always said the Buffalo Island area has three very great schools. They really do put our kids first. Manila, BIC and Riverside schools are among the best assets we have in our community.
All of the towns can take pride in their their volunteer fire departments. Recently I featured the fire departments in the annual Buffalo Island Community Guide. I was impressed with the firefighters and the equipment they maintain. They really give a lot of their time so we can be a little safer.
Our local libraries have had summer reading and activity programs for the children. Summer sports are slowing down but through June and much of July, the ballparks were filled with families watching softball and baseball games.
New homes are going up across Buffalo Island. New homes mean growth and that is good. People are beginning to see why we love our hometowns -- good schools, good churches, volunteers and good people.
We are down to the last four weeks of summer break. Summer is like a vacation trip, the time passes faster than on school or work days.
As I get closer to retirement, I get nervous. I have worked most all of my life. I am not sure I will be able to keep up with what day of the week it is when I don't have to get up and go. I have worked with the goal of meeting deadlines for over 40 years and I am not sure if I will accomplish much knowing I can put things off until tomorrow.
I am a creature of habit. I like to have my tomorrow all planned out today. I like living in rural Arkansas. I am proud to see good things happening across Buffalo Island.