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Girl Scouts get ready for cookie sales

<p>Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher is surrounded by three local girl scouts who are getting ready to sell and pass out cookies in a few days. From left, girl scouts showing off the cookie boxes are Victoria Taylor, Amanda McFarland and Kaity Hulsey. (Photo by Greg Rayburn)</p>

Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher is surrounded by three local girl scouts who are getting ready to sell and pass out cookies in a few days. From left, girl scouts showing off the cookie boxes are Victoria Taylor, Amanda McFarland and Kaity Hulsey. (Photo by Greg Rayburn)

The biggest event in Central Arkansas is slated for Saturday. It is not figuring out how to pay down a $16 trillion national debt or how to solve the problems of Medicare or Social Security. The big event is the beginning of the Girl Scouts North Hills Service Unit starting to take orders for the sale of their cookies.

The North Hills Service Unit encompasses the communities of North Little Rock, Sherwood and Jacksonville. 2013 marks the first year that Jacksonville has been included in the North Hills unit.

“This is our largest fundraiser for the year,” said Cathy McFarland, a mother who volunteers with the North Hills Service Unit. “People just love the cookies.”

Fellow Mother Emily Hulsley said money from the fund-raiser helps provide money for many of the activities the done by the scouts throughout the year.

“They help pay for our trips to museums and the craft projects the girl scouts do throughout the year,” said mother Cindy Taylor.

Anyone wanting to get an early start on ordering cookies can visit the girl scouts’ website at girlscouts.org. People can also call to order cookies by contacting the North Hills’ North Little Rock unit at 758-1020. The office is located at 615 W. 29th St.

To kick off this year’s event, the North Hills Service Unit held a milk and cookies event with Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher on Sunday afternoon.

The moms said Jacksonville was chosen to kick off the cookie sell-off because this is its first year in the service unit.

During Sunday’s milk and cookies’ event with Fletcher, girl scouts in the unit held a mock council meeting in the council chambers of the Jacksonville City Hall.

The girls decided to pass an ordinance forbidding the eating of Girl Scout cookies while driving.

“Whereas, Girl Scout cookies have proved to be so delicious that they are a dangerous distraction to motorists, and all attempts by police officers to make motorists aware of the dangers have failed,” reads the mock ordinance. “Said tickets will include a fine of $100 and one day of jail time.”

Fletcher said Sunday’s event was a lot of fun but it also serves a purpose in getting young people exposed to how government works.

“You never know what the impact of something like this might be with one of these girls,” Fletcher said.

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