The snow has come and gone. I hope you fared well.

The snow has come and gone. I hope you fared well.
Cold weather postponed the painting of the FUN Park Pavilion. It began Monday of this week. We are going to use the same color scheme of the city hall building. The metal roof is a dark color and the trim is a pale aqua. It should look fine and the construction of the picnic benches will also get underway this week.
Registration for the Business Start Up Summit at the Gurdon Business Center is progressing nicely. So far, we have eight registered for the free class, which will be held on Friday, February 2, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
The program will be presented by the Henderson State University Small Business and Technology Development Center's Chelsea Goza. A free lunch will be provided by Southern Bancorp and there will also be free childcare. If you would like to attend or know someone who would please call me at (870) 406-1396.
I am excited to be meeting with Southern Bancorp's Cathianne Watkins and Frances Newsome this week. They will be traveling down from Little Rock for a meeting at the Gurdon Business Center. Both women are talented and well respected and it is an honor to have them visit. We will discuss the prospect of offering a business assistance program to our community. I will keep you posted.
This week I will attend the Southwest Arkansas Regional Intermodel Authority Board meeting. We are the group tasked with providing the railway service to and from the Sun Bio Tech project in Gum Springs. It will be good to hear the latest updates and progress on the $1.3 billion dollar facility.
For nearly ten years I have had the privilege of emceeing the Annual Group Living Fashion Show. The group living clients and others are the models and the fashions are from the Bee Hive Store. This is always my favorite event of the year. It is so much fun working with these great people. The fashion show is a fund raiser for Group Living and it will be held on March 3 at the Verser Theater on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University. Tickets are $5 and you can purchase them at the Bee Hive. Last week I tried on four beautiful evening gowns that have been donated to the store. After a busy holiday season of eating, this fitting is always a real eye opener. Now I have to get serious about skipping dessert and walking with the dogs in hopes of doing the gowns justice. Every year it has been the same struggle of trying to fit into the dresses for the show. But, I am very glad to have that deadline of March 3, it helps me try to 'keep it real'. LOL.