The Arkansas state flag celebrated its 100th birthday yesterday. On February 26, 1913, the Arkansas General Assembly adopted the design — submitted by Willie Kavanaugh Hocker of Wabbaseka in Jefferson County (a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution) — in order to provide a state flag for the U.S. Navy’s newest battleship, the Wyoming-class USS Arkansas.

If you can't watch it live, set your DVRs to record Shark Tank this Friday at 8 p.m. on ABC (Channels 3 or 7 in Magnolia). The show will feature Jessica Haynes, an Emerson native and Southern Arkansas University graduate, pitching her product — shoes with interchangeable heels and accessories — to the show's hosts in hopes of securing financing.

We've heard several good comments from the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament being held in Bradley this week. We've also seen several teams and their supporters staying at local hotels and eating at local restaurants. On various message boards, we've seen some complain about the tournament's location in the southwestern part of the state, but we don't think it's any different than having to travel five-plus hours to reach tournaments in the northern part of the state. It's good to be able to play "in our backyard" from time-to-time.

Be sure to catch “Lucky Stiff” in Harton Theatre at Southern Arkansas University this week. We have always enjoyed student productions at SAU, and the premise behind this musical appears to be enough for a good show. The production continues through Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 for SAU faculty, staff, and students, and $5 for general admission.

Published: 02/27/2013