Sunday, March 9, 2014
Owner Brent Hargis, right, speaks with Shannon Jones, a delivery driver for Glazer's Distributors in Tontitown, center, and David Rodney, a delivery driver for Central and Moon Distribution in Little Rock, at the Luck of the Draw Liquor store at 654 N. Parrott Drive in Huntsville. The store is the first liquor store in Huntsville in nearly 70 years.
Hargis was at the store for about 15 minutes before he headed to a meeting, but lucky for me it was 15 minutes that occurred while I was at the store trying to get a photograph. Had I timed that visit any differently, I would have had little to nothing to shoot.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks in Barnhill Arena on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Rice spoke free of charge as a part of the student-funded Distinguished Lecture Series.
University of Arkansas journalism students, who were asked by their instructor to cover Rice's speech, noted its similarity to a speech that she gave to the Republican National Convention. They were shown the speech prior to them coming to hear Rice speak to acquaint them with her manner of speaking by their instructor. It was a very good idea, and it was understandable that the students reacted as they did. The fact that Rice was paid a reported $170,000 for the engagement made their reaction even more pointed.
I think that it's very common and understandable for a speaker to begin with a recycled structure to a speech, but fill it in with other bits chosen based upon current events and the audience at hand. There are things, like a description of the events of 9/11, that every audience expects to hear and she probably starts with those stories in the framework of her speech every time she plans one out. Though there were so similarities between the two speeches, Rice made some bold statements about what is going on in the Ukraine and about Russia's intervention in the situation that were tooled for that particular day and those are the comments that made news.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Luke Dodrill, right, and Hunter Wallace, both workers with On-Site Construction, attach siding on the concession stand building at Walker Park in Fayetteville. The structure is being renovated and expanded ahead of the upcoming Fayetteville Youth Baseball season.
The transformation at Walker Park's ball fields started with the demolition and rebuilding of the cast-concrete dugouts. Now the city is renovating the old concession stand into, judging from the site plans that I saw, what will be a beautiful building. Given how many kids play ball there, it's a welcome improvement and one that will be enjoyed.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Chris Brown, city engineer for the city of Fayetteville, right, speaks with Ward 1 Alderwoman Adella Gray as Mayor Lioneld Jordan, center, speaks with Gray's husband, Gary, as members of the Fayetteville City Council and city staff tour the intersection of Old Wire Road and Mission Boulevard in Fayetteville. Work continues to redesign the intersection in concert with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.
Council members and city staff have been talking about redesigning this intersection for years and years, but it looks like something is finally going to be done about it. Navigating this intersection takes some practice and can be a bit disconcerting the first time one drives through it. As a pedestrian, it's even more difficult to get through and officials are discussing ways to redesign it with pedestrians and cyclists in mind.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A sign along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fayetteville directs traffic to park at Baum Stadium in order to listen to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speak but misspells the word 'Baum.'
Instead of 'Baum Stadium,' this sign directs folks to park at 'Bomb Stadium,' a mistake that seemed poorly timed given the fact that a former cabinet member was in town. Police don't like the word 'bomb' when important folks come to town.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Workers with Fayetteville Public Schools use shovels to spread sand while working help a stranded motorist after her car became stuck in ice on Township Street. The workers were treating for ice and snow around Vandergriff Elementary and McNair Middle schools.
A call came over the police scanner that a gold Honda Odyssey was stuck on Township Street, so I headed that way. I was close by and thought it might make a nice photograph. When I got there, it turned out to be a woman with whom I used to work who I liked quite a bit. She was always really nice to me and it made me feel bad to see her as upset as she was. Luckily, they guys from the school district were close by and stopped what they were working on to help her.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Autozone employee Dustin Downen, left, helps Fayetteville resident Nathan Cate to free his car after it became high-centered on plowed snow as he attempted to enter the store's parking lot following a winter storm brought ice, sleet and snow to the area.
I shot this as I walked up and then helped to push Cate's car out of the snow. It was the first of several cars that I encountered in a similar predicament. The mound of plowed snow that covered driveways and side streets off North College Avenue caused the most problems during the day. So many people were stopping to help, it was really nice to see.