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Friday, Oct. 9, 2015
This week's Poll
Are you in favor of the City of Blytheville's proposed new sales tax?

Community News
See Who is Wanted by the Blytheville Police Dept.
The Gosnell Pirates christened their new artificial turf field with a 55-13 rout of Brookland. The game was the Pirates' first in front of the home crowd this season. Here are a few images from the contest.
Great Fitzini's prep picks (10/08/15)
Once again, it is I, The Great Fitzini, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, Sage of Sages, back again to pick this week's prep football games. I finally had a perfect week last week as I believe the fog that was shadowing my vision in the conference season has been lifted...
Gosnell vs. Trumann preview (10/08/15)
Blytheville Courier News The Gosnell Pirates head to Trumann Friday night to take on the Wildcats in another important 3-4A conference showdown. The Pirates (4-0, 2-0 3-4A) remain undefeated after another impressive win last week at Cave City and are ranked as high as 5th in the 4A in some polls. ...
Blytheville vs. GCT Preview (10/08/15)
By AARON FITZPATRICK Blytheville Courier News The Blytheville Chickasaws take on the Greene County Tech Golden Eagles Friday night in a 5A-East showdown at Haley Field The Chicks are 3-2 overall and 1-1 5A-East at the midway point of the season and are coming off a huge 48-21 win over the Nettleton Raiders last week while the Eagles (1-4, 0-2 5A-East) remain winless in the conference after a 42-21 home loss to Wynne...

Everyone welcome at library
I was not born in a library, but you could say that I was raised in several! Books have been key to my life ever since I learned to read. One of the highlights of my elementary school years was taking home the Scholastic book order form every month. My brother and sister and I were allowed to order one book each month, and I always did! Those books were the start of my book collecting, which continues to this day...

An unlikely solution
The basic problems with the one percent sales tax hike proposed by the City of Blytheville are these: 1) This is a general fund tax, not specified by law for anything in particular. Municipal employees may expect to receive big pay increases; we may hope to gain stronger policing, but neither outcome is assured. Voters have no guarantees for how this money actually will be spent...
Politics versus policy
Politics change like the wind, but sound principles never do. Are we in Blytheville "tax and spend" creatures or are we hard working, thrifty people that want our government to only do what we can't do for ourselves? Famed British statesman Edmund Burke said, "Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants". ...
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