Our growing town. Not surprisingly, Conway is the state’s No. 2 city in terms of population growth over the past 10 years. Springdale is first, and that is not surprising either. More than the rural to urban shift, Arkansas growth has evolved into the northwest cluster, the central Arkansas ring around Little Rock and the northeast activity spot of Jonesboro.

A storybook game. They write novels and make movies about subjects like Connor Gilmore’s pitching the University of Central Arkansas to a conference baseball tournament title. A freshman, he had not played in previous tourney games. Called upon when other pitchers were tired, he went the full game and allowed just two hits.

Riding high. UCA is in the NCAA Division 1 baseball tournament for the first time, right along with the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs may have the easier first round assignment, but for both it is a distinct achievement to make this select field of 64. If both win in regionals, chances are remote that they will meet in a game.

Another downer. Several times a year, statistics come out that show Arkansas at the bottom of some category. But here is our state at the top, No. 1, in a ranking ­— teens giving births. Not exactly a bragging moment. If you noticed the map of the nation on this item, the top teen birth states were solid across the South.

Anyone can do it. Several someones have asked how the Martha Shoffner state treasurer debacle could have happened. Answer: We elected her. Two basic issues here: (1) there are no requisites for becoming a constitutional officer beyond not being a criminal, and (2) the ancient reality of "power (often) corrupts" kicks in.

Familiar music. On Memorial Day we again heard renditions of the military-oriented song Taps. It is a beautiful tune, and it is a sad tune. Its roots are in our Civil War, and it is played at dusk in military bases and camps as well as at funerals. "Day is done, gone the sun. From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky. All is well, safely rest. God is nigh."

"We had orders to hold our ground at all costs. And we were told not to retreat. You fought until you died."

— Harold Starr, 81, of Conway,

a Korean War veteran and hero