Maumelle has a champion archer in the making. You know — the bow and arrow kind. Bailey Mason is a fifth grader at Pine Forest Elementary and has qualified to go to the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) World Archery competition in Orlando. But she needs a little help to get there.


Efforts are underway to raise money to help Bailey get to the competition this month. She has been named part of the All American Academic Archer Team and competed at the national level with 15,000-plus archers. She ended up in a three-way tie for second place (1 point off of first) and was “carded out at fourth place in the nation.“


The community and friends are trying to raise money to help with the expenses of the family as well as those of her coach, Tonya Raborn. Bailey is the only representative for elementary schools from Arkansas and is part of a field of only 24 kids to be on the national team. You can make a donation at www.gofundme.com/BaileyMasonArchery. But do it quickly. They leave for the competition on July 20.


Steve Sullivan of KATV did a nice piece on her for his “Sully’s Heroes” segment. You can check it out on KATV’s website, katv.com.


Give what you can. It could be a bullseye for Maumelle!


CAW changing billing and closing Maumelle office


Most Maumellians received a notice from Central Arkansas Water that it would be changing its billing. CAW says our bills will look different and we’ll get a new billing account number and that we might get our bill on a different day. You can pay online or have the money deducted from your bank account. You can also pay your bill at Kroger or Wal-Mart. One thing you can’t do is pay your bill at the water office located at 90 Pointe Place. CAW is permanently closing the office on July 21.


CAW also reminded us that there was no rate increase in 2017. Well, thank you. The one in 2016 was plenty. It also announced that, beginning in 2018, we would get our water via the new pipeline, which means water from a CAW lake instead of well water.


One thing remains the same. Water service is expensive.


Marijuana in Maumelle


It was interesting and somewhat amusing to watch Mayor Mike Watson talk to a KATV news reporter about the City Council approving amendments to include marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers. It was amusing in that the mayor didn’t appear totally comfortable talking about the subject. Probably not a city official’s favorite topic.


According to the interview, if Maumelle does get it’s own pot shop, it would be located right off Maumelle Boulevard where the majority of the commercial zoning is located.


“There could be one there because there’s also pharmacies in that area,” Watson said in the interview. “Since they are treated just like a pharmacy, that’s where we’d locate them.”


Watson said rewriting Maumelle’s zoning ordinances to include medical marijuana businesses has nothing to do with wanting them to establish themselves in the city. He said it’s about being prepared to comply with new state laws.


For a community to ban medical marijuana businesses, counties and municipalities would have to hold a special election. The public has until the end of September to apply for their patient card. Could be an interesting addition to the community. Wonder if the Chamber will have a ribbon cutting?


Bits and Pieces


Sawbucks restaurant has a new Kids Menu with breakfast for $3.99 and lunch/dinner for $4.99. Their Facebook page says, “Wow, cheaper and better than an Unhappy meal at a fast food chain.” My experience has been that most restaurants make a lame attempt at serving kids’ meals and throw a couple of chicken strips and fries on the plate. This seems to be a step in the right direction as area restaurants prepare for the soon-to-open Chick-fil-A. They know how to attract kids.


Fourth of July follow-up: We escaped any major injuries or fires in Maumelle. Seems that four homes in Hot Springs weren’t so fortunate.


More about the Monument. It was pointed out to me I omitted the Arkansas Firefighter’s Memorial in my story on the Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds. It is shown on the map at the Secretary of State’s website, but is not included in the description of the monuments. Sorry for the oversight.


Starbucks sale. Starbucks in Maumelle has sold to Self Properties of Los Angeles for almost $1.7 million. The seller was the Kushnyski Family Trust, which bought the store for $1.1 million in 2009. The coffee business must be good.


See you on the Boulevard. Stop the violence.


Neal Moore is a public relations and advertising consultant and freelance writer. If you have a community concern, news tip or if you’re just irritated about something, contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.