Moore on Maumelle: My Take 

Someone asked me the compelling question of when we would get our own newspaper? The answer is, we won’t. Not now. Not ever.  That train has left the station. 

Thousands of newspapers have closed across the country, including small papers such as the Maumelle Monitor and North Little Rock Times. They won’t return. 

There are two major issues when it comes to local newspapers. They are expensive to print and distribute, and local advertisers have not supported them. When we had the Monitor and the Times, Maumelle businesses rarely advertised in them, and the subscriber base was low. Plus, the papers were owned by an out-of-state interest that didn’t really care about the community. 

We are fortunate to have the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which provides a great statewide newspaper, but it comes at a price. A subscription is over $400 a year, which I gladly pay. 

Now, that brings us to today and the Arkansas Newsroom, which many of you read and are subscribers. If you haven’t subscribed, I would encourage you to do so and support this online content. Former Monitor editor Jeremy Peppas has put a lot of effort into giving Maumelle local coverage. 

Visit ArkansasNewsroom.com to see the full coverage and to support local journalism. It’s all you got. 

NOTE: I do not profit from submitting these articles. I am doing it to do my part in providing community news and to occasionally offer my opinion. 

Foodie News 

Captain Express Hawaiian BBQ & Sushi has transitioned into Hokaben Japanese Kitchen as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. They are located at 15 Carnahan Dr. in their former space, which was Domino’s Pizza before that. Their Facebook page is titled “Hokaben Us” and now shows their menu, which includes hibachi, sushi and bento box offerings. They are open 11: 30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. I look forward to your comments. Just remember, give them a chance before you publicly eviscerate them on Facebook. I always send comments directly to the restaurant if I have a problem or concern. Maumellians seem to relish posting, “I’ll never go back.” 

The results of my very unscientific pizza poll are in!

The clear winner is Razorback Pizza, with American Pie a close second and Marco’s coming in at third. The other joints in town didn’t fare very well.  The new pizza place, Pizza House, opened last week and I have seen several favorable and some negative reviews on Facebook. Will have to give it a try soon.  It’s the only joint I know of around here where you can buy pizza by the slice. 

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Maumelle’s First First Lady 

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jackie Johnson.  Jackie was Maumelle’s first First Lady and a constant companion of former Mayor Burch Johnson.  They were both ardent supporters of my columns and would often call and tell me what I should write about on a variety of topics. A memorial has been set for 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at the Maumelle Center on the Lake, where she was a long-time volunteer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Maumelle Friends of the Animals, https://maumellefoa.org/donate/. RIL, Jackie. 

Heartbreak Hogs

After sitting atop the national rankings for almost the whole season, the Razorbacks baseball team fell in the super regionals. For one who watched almost every game they played this year it was a tough loss, but like any good Hog fan, I’ll be back to watch again in the fall. They were a great team that just had a bad game at the wrong time. It’s only 80 days till football. 

A Broken Record 

I may sound like a broken record and the fact that I use that illustration shows my age. People of a certain age wouldn’t even understand the statement, “you sound like a broken record.” 

Arkansas’ count of coronavirus cases rose last Friday by 393 — the largest one-day jump in almost three months. UPDATE: 6.15.21: 302 more Arkansans have COVID, 6 more have died. 

We have plenty of vaccine. We just need willing arms to jab. Trust the science. Get your shot. I can’t afford to lose any readers. 

Father’s Day Thoughts 

I wish all you dads, granddads, stepdads, and anyone serving in a dad role, a happy Father’s Day. Your importance is immense, and your impact is indelible. 

See you on the Boulevard. 

Neal Moore is a public relations consultant and resident of Maumelle. Send your Maumelle news or comments to neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Thanks, PJ