My good friend Ed Erbach at Walter's Citgo station reminded me to watch for the Geminids meteor shower, peaking late tonight until dawn Friday. He said he saw it when he was a kid, and he remembers it well. "We lay out on the ground and watched. It was spectacular," Erbach said.

He said the new moon will not compete.


Lamppost Luminarias are appearing on Front Street in honor of loved ones, placed by the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Faulkner County.

They are the folks responsible for this year’s Christmas Parade and Kringle Square in Simon Park last Saturday.

A lighted lamppost can have your name, or someone you love’s name, for $25.

Deidra Porter was chairman of the Christmas Parade and the doin’s Downtown. She can be reached for information about the Lampposts at 501-908-6617.


Congratulations to Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens who will receive her PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi in ceremonies on Friday.

She’s a great supporter of the arts, a terrific teacher at UCA and one of the best sportswriters I’ve ever read.


Eight buildings on the UCA campus were added to the National Register of Historic Places at the State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program last week.

The buildings range in date of construction from 1919 to 1963 and represent the oldest buildings remaining on the campus.

One building, the Administration Building/Ida Waldran Auditorium, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in January of 2011

Architectural styles of the buildings are Colonial Revival and Classical Revival with one contemporary-style building.

Congratulations to Dr. Gayle Seymour and her committee for researching the history and filling out all the proper forms.

The eight buildings comprising the University of Central Arkansas Historic District are the oldest remaining on the campus.

According to the nomination form, "These buildings continue to retain integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association.

"There have been a few minor changes to the buildings, and additions to the rear portions.

"However, the overall appearance of the buildings reflects their original character and significance to the school and as a collection retain sufficient integrity to continue to convey their architectural character."


Among the many programs and services of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the County Courthouse Restoration Grant Program.

Created in 1989, this grant program has helped to extend the lives of courthouses that hold vital links to community pride and local history.

These grants are funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax, administered by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

Since the beginning of the program, AHPP has awarded almost $16 million to 61 historic courthouses around the state for use in rehabilitating, preserving and protecting these important historic resources.

Since 1997, the Dallas County Courthouse (Fordyce) has received 10 grants totaling $350,475 for various necessary rehabilitation projects.

According to the AHHP: "Without the Real Estate Transfer Tax and the County Courthouse Grant Program, this grand old building is now in good condition and will continue to be the centerpiece of the downtown corridor for generations to come."

There was a committee that met frequently about what to do with the Faulkner County Courthouse. I haven’t heard from that group in a while. There have been other priorities at the Courthouse, I suppose.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)