| Rod Harrington, Record Editor |
Sometimes you can find a nugget among the many words printed in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Last Thursday’s issue featured a story about graduates from the University of Arkansas who have made it in Hollywood.
One of the graduates profiled was John Gloria, who earned a bachelor’s degree at the U of A. Gloria is an actor with credits such as The Neighborhood, NCIS, Saved by the Bell and NBC’s hit drama Good Girls. My wife and I especially like Good Girls.
Gloria said he moved from Memphis, Tenn., to Huntsville at age 13. His mother opened a video store in Huntsville. As a senior, Gloria won first place in the state forensics and drama tournament.
Former Huntsville High teacher Pattie Shinn said the first store was on the opposite corner from where Economy Drug is located on North Gaskill. She said the business made satellite dishes. Shinn said the business later moved to across the street from Granny’s.
In last week’s article, Gloria credited high school drama teacher Vickie Thompson for encouraging his budding acting career.
Huntsville resident Sabrina Reed on Facebook wrote, “Awesome read that includes my baby brother John Gloria!”
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The Fayetteville City Council last week passed an ordinance that requires face masks in businesses in an effort to try to limit the spread of Covid-19.
At the same time, the new law also has measures to provide support to businesses that are adapting to the coronavirus. Other cities across Arkansas and the country have passed similar ordinances. The ordinance details who must wear the masks in what situations, from employees to customers. Businesses are required to refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask.
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, a native of Madison County, said on Facebook, “I want to thank the City Council for having the courage to pass the ordinance requiring face masks. This ordinance will protect our residents, families, and friends, and ultimately save lives. Our top priority as elected officials is to keep our community safe. And, your top priority is to keep yourselves and others safe, so MASK UP!!! Do your part and stay 6 feet apart!!! Wash your hands frequently!!! TOGETHER LET’S STOP COVID-19!!!”
As expected, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson voiced opposition to the ordinance to require masks. Hutchinson said there are state orders that conflict with the city’s ordinance.
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Congratulations go out to Roxanne Enix and others who made a graduation ceremony become a reality for seniors at Huntsville High School. See our detailed story elsewhere in this week’s paper.
The seniors normally get their graduation at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. When the novel coronavirus hit, the U of A canceled all such events, meaning nearly 20 area schools lost their graduations.
Enix and Huntsville High submitted a proposal to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, on the football field. St. Paul will hold its graduation the following Friday at 7 p.m. in the gym. Kingston will hold its graduation on July 17.
Huntsville graduates will get six tickets for family and friends, whoever they want to attend. St. Paul grads will get 10 tickets.
There were some people on social media who were critical of the number of tickets for Huntsville, saying students should have an unlimited number of friends and family there. Huntsville had to limit the number of tickets in order to have the graduation ceremony. Many schools had to have virtual events or drive-through graduations, or none at all.
Social distancing will be strictly enforced at the ceremonies, including guests, school board members and even the graduates themselves. Masks will be required for everyone 10 years of age and up.