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#1 Oct 13, 2008
What do you think about the Mayor after learning that he was out in the middle of the night stealing campaign signs?
#2 Oct 14, 2008
Words cannot express my sorrow for our city leader!
#3 Oct 14, 2008
I think he is so arrogant that he believes himself to be above the law and thinks that the citizens will buy his "relocation of signs" story! Come on Mayor--you could've come up with a better lie than that!
Thank goodness we have police officers that are of good character and are willing to do the right thing in such a difficult situation. That takes strength and morals to be willing to stand up to your boss' boss!
#4 Oct 16, 2008
This mayor is just like the last several, he has the best job that he's ever had in his life and the best that he can ever hope for and when the NUTS of the town, like Newcomb, start riding them they do something stupid because their trying to save their job. If they would just do what's right to begin with they wouldnt have to care what idiots like Jim Newcomb, Garry Cambell and others say about them.
#5 Oct 16, 2008
I agree with Go Dawgs....who really wants a 40,000 a year job to put up with the Newcomb's and Campbell's of the world? Now Pettway is joining in the mix...where are all the people who really care about the community? huh?
#6 Oct 17, 2008
Edward, I understand your comment, but when our mayor took the office, he knew the battles he would face with the active community members. However, his actions this weekend weren't forced upon him by those men. He could've taken the high road. Don't misunderstand me, I don't like how they handle themselves either. But you can only control yourself--he had a prime opportunity to come out shining and instead he's about as tarnished as they come!
#7 Oct 19, 2008
I don't understand all this anger. I love Greenwood and hope that we can all get along. It's time we just thought about our children and their future, not politics. Why don't we have a town hall discussion at City Hall and ask the leaders why they can't get along. I hate to see Greenwood cast in such a negative light. I'm praying for the Mayor!
#8 Oct 19, 2008
Bob Caudle is a senior reporter with The Morning News. He writes a humorous commentary on local, state and national issues every Sunday. He is an equal opportunity insulter.
Cleatus Littell, my good friend and close associate, came blasting into the house this past weekend.
"Don't mind iffa do," he said over his shoulder, on a dead run for the refrigerator and the cold, malted beverage therein.
Then, he hit the couch, grabbed the TV remote, managed to get a baseball game on one channel, a football game on another channel and began furiously switching back and forth, trying to watch both at the same time.
"Tell ya, whut, Bubba," he said, taking a swig. "I hadda ruff week."
The last time Cleatus said anything about a "ruff week" it involved an early morning phone call to me and bail money.
Cleatus had been at a party and made the egregious error of "relieving" himself on the hosts' flowers. Unfortunately, the flowers were in a vase in the dining room at the time.
"Gotta a call from a buddy of mine in Greenwood," Cleatus said. "Wanted me to come down and help him wiff some election work."
He wadded up his first can and threw it toward the trash, missing the cat, who was running down the hallway in warp drive.
"Didn't lead'm enuff," Cleatus sniffed. "Enyways, I thought we'd be knockin' on doors or stuffin' enverlopes. Nope. I wind up ridin' in the back of a pickup in the middle of the night, pickin' up campaign signs."
For those who missed it, the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office has begun an investigation into whether Greenwood Mayor Ken Edwards stole campaign signs opposed to a city sales tax increase, according to a report in The Southwest Times Record.
A Greenwood police officer pulled over a vehicle early Sunday morning in the area of North Main and West Denver streets, according to Capt. William Hollenbeck of the Sheriff's Office.
Edwards was a passenger in the vehicle driven by Gordon Griffith.
Police received information at about 2:30 a.m. from a witness who reported seeing a vehicle stopping at Ware Road and Arkansas 10 and someone getting out and taking something big from the yard, according to a police report.
"So, I'm out pickin' up this campaign sign and I see this cop pull up," Cleatus said, finishing another beverage and starting another. "So, I just kept on walkin' down the sidewalk, like I's mindin' my own business."
A long, loud belch followed.
"Enyways, the next day, a city councilman charges the mayor with somethin' and the mayor charges the city councilman with sumpin, and then the city councilman charges the mayor ... I mean really, he charges the mayor," Cleatus belched. "So, I got in mah truck and drove home."
He pointed the bottom of the can skyward, with his mouth planted directly beneath it.
"I mean, I really don't haff to drive to Greenwood to see a circus," he imbibed. "I kin jest go to a Springdale City Council meeting, where ever-body on the council is a-runnin' fer mayor, and git the same effect."
Another swig. Another errant thought.
"Or go up to Lowell, where ever-body on their City Council is runnin' from their past," he slurred. "At least Greenwood don't have their own city stagecoach, though."
Then, he stood up, swaying from side-to-side and headed for the door, winding up draped over the coffee table.
"How'd that get there?" he burped. "Never even saw it comin'."
He was back on his feet and this time actually made it to the door.
"Gotta go, Bubba," he hiccupped. "Gonna go out tonight and pick up some more campaign signs here in Springdale en go put them all in the mayor's yard. I know, I know ... I shouldn't do it. But it's kinda like bein' a nun. Once you get into the habit, it's hard to get out."
#9 Oct 19, 2008
The anger comes from frustration that a grown man in a city leadership position thinks he's above the law and resorts to unethical behavior during his tenure.
More people need to get angry about this, otherwise Greenwood will always be in the news in a negative light. It's people that share their voice and do something that causes change.
I have lived here all of my life as well. I have never seen my town painted in such a negative light than it has been in the last 5 years, and it frustrates me that more people aren't upset and willing to do something so that we can save our town the embarrassment.
#10 Oct 20, 2008
I am told that this particular case has been handed over to the prosecuting attorney for disposition and POSSIBLE prosecution. Why is it even a question about prosecution and why is it talking so long to announce the intent to prosecute? If this had been me or any other average Greenwood resident, I'm sure that there would be no question as to whether or not the Prosecuting Attorney would press forward with charges. I have good information that the citizens involved wish to press charges against our esteemed mayor...so why isn't the Prosecuting Atorney pressing forward to take us one step closer to bringing the man to justice???
#11 Aug 17, 2010
Hey... Just to break the tension.... This is funny... Just ran across it tonight.....
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