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MOORE ON MAUMELLE | Fire station just wants a place to call home

As expected, Mayor Mike Watson and the Council have yielded to the wishes of the people and are trying to find a new location for the fire station that was scheduled to be located in everyone’s all-of-a-sudden favorite green space.

The mayor is negotiating the price on a property, which I don’t think has been revealed at this point. Will we have to go through another uprising if this site is not suitable to the NIMBY’s (Not In My Back Yard) who happen to live near the tract? Let’s hope not.

Maumelle High wrestling team gets their rings

When I was growing up, my brothers nicknamed me “Bobo” after a popular wrestler in the Dallas area where we lived. The name still sticks today in some circles. Of course, he wasn’t a real wrestler. He was a performer in the same vein as WWE wrestlers such as John Cena, Stone Cold Austin, Big Show, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

“Wrestling” is a huge international business, but it is not real wrestling. It is show business.

Real wrestling was rewarded recently when the Maumelle High School Hornet wrestling team captured the state title and their coach, Ed Viera, was named Coach of the Year. Congratulations Hornets!

Congrats to the real wrestlers at Maumelle High School. Look for a story in next week’s sports section.

Note to Maumelle High School teachers and coaches

Now here’s a challenge: You coaches and teachers at Maumelle High School need to return your phone calls when this paper calls you and wants more information. We want to spread your good news, but when you you won’t call back a reporter who is trying to report on a school event or accomplishment, there’s not much we can do.

This paper has been criticized for running negative stories on Maumelle High, but when it’s public knowledge and the police are involved, it will get reported. Every time.

But the school district and the Maumelle teachers and coaches who are not returning phone calls can help remedy the situation by giving reporters information and supplying photos.

How do I get rid of satellite TV?

I spend way too much money on satellite television. I am embarrassed to even tell you how much. But I’m not I’m not sure how to get out of it. I’ve signed contracts, I’ve agreed to extend my service in exchange for new equipment. What are my options? Do I need a lawyer?

When I first moved to Maumelle, we signed up with Charter Cable and it was terrible. Now I notice that Fidelity Cable is making quite a push to sign up subscribers and it’s certainly cheaper than the provider I use.

Let me hear from you if you’ve switched over to Fidelity and I’ll report more next week on what TV watchers are doing to unhook from satellite.

Meth in Maumelle?

I don’t think this is the first time it’s happened in Maumelle, but it is certainly the most upscale meth bust. Police kicked in the door of a house in one of Maumelle’s nicer neighborhood after conducting a month-long investigation on the Summit Valley Circle residence.

Hint: Don’t black out your garage door windows if you don’t want neighbors (and police) to be suspicious.

According to Maumelle Police Captain Jim Hansard, “We found numerous items in the house that were indicative of a methamphetamine lab.” Police say they also found syringes and other drug paraphernalia for using meth. Yuk.

Here’s something to think about: How many folks do you know who used heavy drugs ever went to make anything out of their lives? Meth, PCP and heroin users just usually don’t amount to much or they have to deal with the legal system and/or rehab to escape their addiction before they start a life. Plenty of pot smokers are able to function reasonably. Certainly alcohol is socially accepted and can be a part of one’s life while the user is still being a functioning and contributing member of society.

So here’s your lesson from the wise one: Stay away from those nasty drugs that ruin your life. It just ain’t worth it.

See you on the Boulevard.

Neal Moore is COE (Chief of Everything) at Neal Moore Creative, a PR, advertising and marketing consultancy. If you have a community concern or if you’re just irritated about something contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.

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