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  • CitizenDailyThe

    W E A T H E RToday: Mostly sunny. Highsin the mid 70s. South winds5 to 10 mph.Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lowsin the lower 50s. Southwinds 5 to 10 mph

    Vol. 156, No. 2692010 The Daily Citizen

    A lot of people like snow.

    I find it to be an unnecessaryfreezing of water.

    CARL REINERAmerican actor, 1922

    Contact us: 3000 E. Race, Searcy, AR 72143, (Phone) 501-268-8621, (Fax) 501-268-6277

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2010 50

    RIVERVIEW AIMING FOR PLAYOFF WINwww.thedailycitizen.com Serving Searcy and White County, Ark., since 1854

    The Raiders head to Elkins Friday for the firstround of the Class 3A state playoffs. PAGE 1B

    BEEBE PROPOSES CUT ON GROCERY TAXThe governor asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cutanotherhalf-cent fromthe states grocery tax. PAGE 2A

    Hwy. 13meetingset forTuesday

    NATION & STATE, 2AOPINIONS, 4A LIFESTYLES, 5ACALENDAR/OBITUARIES, 6ASPORTS, 1B CLASSIFIEDS, 5B

    I N D E X

    Morris: I did not decline debateSEARCY MAYORALRUN-OFFWhen: Tuesday, Nov. 23

    LAFORCE MORRIS

    By Jacob Browerjbrower@thedailycitizen.com

    Searcy mayoral candidate DavidMorris denied declining a scheduleddebate with current Mayor BelindaLaForce set for either Monday, Nov.15 or Tuesday, Nov. 16 in a letterdelivered to The Daily Citizen Tuesdayafternoon, adding that he will only cor-

    respond with the newspaper in writingin the future.

    After agreeing to the debateThursdayevening, Morris delivered a letter to TheDaily Citizen officeFriday afternoon stat-ing that "my timeshould be utilizedknocking on doors and making tele-phone calls to discuss my campaignwith the residents of Searcy, rather thanengage in a discussion with the currentmayor."

    A letter fromMorris delivered to The

    Daily Citizen on Tuesday stated the fol-lowing:

    "I did not 'decline,' as you errone-ously stated in the bold headline. Dueto this and other incidents that haverecently occurred in working with TheDaily Citizen newspaper, I respectfullyrequest that all future correspondenceand questions concerning me and mycampaign for the office of mayor ofSearcy be addressed in writing."

    Morris did not return e-mails orphone calls asking for clarification of

    Candidate states he willonly communicate withnewspaper in writing

    CONTINUED ON PAGE 3A

    OUR VIEWPage 4A

    Laura Adams, 6, of Searcy helps place flags at White County Memorial Gardens Tuesday in preparation for Veterans Day, which is tomor-row. Also pictured is Ronda Higbee, left, with the American Legion Auxiliary, who organized a group of volunteers to place the flags onveterans graves. Warren Watkins/warren@thedailycitizen.com

    Honoring veterans

    HWY. 13 EXTENSIONWhen: 4-7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: Valley BaptistChurch, 3328 Highway 36 W.What: Information about pos-sible routes

    By Warren Watkinswarren@thedailycitizen.com

    State highway departmentofficials will be on hand toexplain three routes withnone of them the preferredroute for the extension ofHighway 13 during a publicmeeting. The event will be 4-7p.m. Tuesday at Valley BaptistChurch, 3328 Highway 36W.

    A quicker route for traf-fic between the west part ofSearcy to Highway 67/167,which is the freeway to LittleRock, by connectingHighway36 west to Highway 267 is thegoal of the extension, whichhas been under design and dis-cussion for years. Honey HillRoad was once the depart-ments preferred route but that

    Gun deerseason setto openSaturdayBy Warren Watkinswarren@thedailycitizen.com

    With the opening ofgun season for deer set forSaturday, thousands ofWhiteCounty hunters are cleaningtheir rifles and shotguns andstocking up on everythingfrom food to ammunition.

    John Key, owner ofUltimate Outdoors, 608 S.Main St., said archery seasonfor deer has been ongoing ashas squirrel season, and theyouth gun season for deerwas last weekend.

    One thing Im seeingwith the economy the way itis, hunting is supporting itselfpretty well, Key said. Inmy opinion, some people aresaying, Instead of taking thatbig trip to Disney World orthe Bahamas, lets go aheadand get that new bow or gunand stick around here thisyear. Ive also been told thatabout camping.

    Key has seen a growingtrend toward youth and ladiesparticipating in hunting.

    Youth are getting moreinvolved in archery hunt-ing because of the growingemphasis on archery in theschools, Key said.

    But on Saturday morning,

    Beebe School District receives praise fromAdvancEDBy Erica SirrattSpecial to The Daily Citizen

    The Beebe Public SchoolDistrictreceivedeightcommen-dations and three recommen-dations from the AdvancEDQuality Assurance ReviewTeam during their evaluationfor national accreditation onOct. 31 through Nov. 3.

    The team commended the

    district for the highly trainedand dedicated teaching forceand their highly informed,visionary superintendent whois in touch with and sensitiveto the needs and concerns of allstake holders.

    The team also praised thedistrict for their strong responseto community needs with pro-grams such as the Child Care,

    Camp Beebe and the beforeand after school child care.

    AdvancED did recom-mend that the district developa Strategic Action Plan anda more precise vision state-ment. In two years, the dis-trict must report its progress toAdvancED.

    We were pleased withthe outcome, Assistant

    Superintendent Scott Embrysaid. They were very compli-mentary of our school district.It was a good learning experi-ence. Thank goodness it onlycomes every five years.

    The team consisted of fivetrained professional fromacross the state and nation.They reviewed district docu-

    Bradford city council approves hiring of 2 auxiliary officersBy Julie KohlSpecial to The Daily Citizen

    The Bradford city council unani-mously approved the appointment oftwo Auxiliary officers to the policeforce at Monday nights meeting.

    Daniel Brady andWade Jackson,both of Bradford, will serve as part-time auxiliary officers on a non-paidvolunteer basis. Brady and Jacksonwill serve alongside a certified offi-cer and will have all of the sameauthority as the officers as long asthey are within the city of Bradford.

    TheBradford PoliceBoard is alsolooking into hiring two additionalofficers to fill part-time positions,

    working towards 24-hour policecoverage. No official decision wasmade at the council meeting as thepolice board has elected to furtherreview the applications.

    The board will meet before theend of the week to make a finaldecision and if officers are hiredthey will serve a probationary perioduntil the next city council meeting.

    The Bradford Fire Departmentrecently purchased two used firetrucks from a Pennsylvania firedepartment that was merging with

    another department. The city pur-chased a 36-foot, 2,500 gallonpumper truck to replace one of theolder trucks. Because the truck is alittle longer than what the firefight-ers are used to they will be perform-ing several practice drills with it.

    Also purchased was a FordRanger truck that will be classed asa service truck. It will replace thecurrent rescue truck but maintain allof the same equipment.

    Fire Chief Dennis Whitenerspoke highly of the PennsylvaniaFire Department from which theypurchased the trucks.

    The department prides itself intheir trucks and they were very welltaken care of, he said.

    He went on to mention that they

    show their trucks like many peopleshow antique and classic cars andhad received many trophies and rib-bons and that he hopes to instill thissame pride within Bradfords FireDepartment.

    MayorDunn also seemed pleasedwith the purchases.

    Both trucks look real good,he said.

    In other business, progress con-tinues on changes to be made tothe city park that is being fundedthrough the Arkansas Parks andTourism Fun Park Grant.

    The bid for the concrete has beenapproved and work will begin assoon as the contracts are signed.The council is currently looking at

    No preferred routeamong 3 chosen

    BEEBESCHOOLBOARDNext meeting:Dec. 14, 6:30p.m.Where: Centraloffices

    AUXILIARY OFFICERSAuxiliary officers: Daniel Brady,Wade JacksonNew vehicles: 36-foot pumpertruck, service truck

    Officials: Hunting onrailroads forbidden

    Town purchases 2 newfire and rescue trucks

    CONTINUED ON PAGE 2A

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    CONTINUED ON PAGE 3A

  • The Daily Citizen Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Page 3A

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