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Deer season with modern guns is upon us here in Arkansas, which means one thing in the Fulton household: the annual deer hunting trip.
This year marks my husband Chris’s last hunting trip with his father, Clay Fulton, a Newport, AR resident. My father-in-law is ready to give it up at his age as he would rather go fishing instead. I don’t blame him.
Last year, Chris hauled home more venison than I knew what to do with, and embarrassingly, some of it is still in our freezer.
Both Clay and Chris are U.S. Veterans. Clay served in the U.S. Air Force while Chris served in the U.S. Navy. Chris’s late grandfather, Edward Fulton, was also a Veteran of the U.S. Army.
It’s only fitting that they will spend their Veterans Day this year enjoying a time-honored tradition together.
Here in Mountain Home, Veterans Day ceremonies will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Veterans Plaza off the square. The guest speaker is Jason P. Nazarenko and the Master of Ceremonies is Dr. George Wolford. Chaplain is Jack Tofari, Chaplain for VFW Post 3246.
Here at the Observer, we are still a writing staff of two. This means on occasion we will close up shop to give Chris and me a much-needed extra day off.
We will not publish an edition this Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day.
Readers and subscribers may have noticed the uptick in election coverage this week.
Arkansas officially kicked off the 2024 election season with candidate filings opening this past Monday. They close on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at noon. Statements of Financial Interests for non-incumbent candidates are due on Nov. 20.
Then we roll right into candidate certification on Dec. 4 by the County Clerk. Ballot draws occur the next morning to determine who appears first on the ballot. At least one race for Justice of the Peace is contested in the Republican primary.
Local election coverage will likely chill out in December while candidates campaign behind the scenes. January will be sure to heat up on the campaign trail since early voting for the Republican primary is right around the corner starting on Feb. 20.
Election day is March 5.