Sunday, August 29, 2010

Law and Order in the Ozarks (Part LXVI): Fair time

The August 18, 2010 issue of the Newton County Times features mostly news of the county fair and nothing about law and order issues except a press release from the Arkansas Highway Safety Office about a state-wide "booze and belts" enforcement campaign.

In addition to pictures of Miss Newton County and the fair parade, and a feature on Newton County's Farm Woman of the Year, a front-page story reports on a Jasper restaurant, the Boardwalk Cafe, which has "gone solar" after being topped with 13 state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels that produce 3000 watts of sun power. The story indicates that the cafe is believed to be the first solar-powered restaurant in Arkansas.

In another front-page story, the two candidates for Jasper mayor are featured. One has been on the Jasper City Council since 1994 and is chief of the city's volunteer fire department. The other has also been a volunteer fire fighter. The story says he has been employed by the city for 10 years, but it does not indicate in what capacity.

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