Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins said last week he expects the city to, finally, finish connecting Veteran’s and Marcelle Phillips city parks.
Other than that, like, what he plans for November is up in the air.
Wilkins will be completing his fourth term as Booneville’s mayor this year and although, as he points out, he hasn’t ruled out — or in — campaigning for a fifth four-year term, he has heard the rumors of who might be ready to be the next mayor.
Wilkins playing it close to the vest is certainly nothing new, he did not formally announce his intentions in 2014, but filed late in the period and did not draw an opponent.
About one month before any mayoral vote in the city will be the 50th running of the Arkansas Marathon, half marathon, Mayor’s 10K and 5K walk/run, set for Saturday, Oct. 14. The event is organized by the Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
The marathon was run on the third route in as many years last year and included crossing into neighboring Scott County for the first time ever. The change was slight in that it started and ended in front of the Arkansas Revenue Office on Broadway, emptying into the October Daze festival that is held the same day.
Registration for the 2018 event is already ongoing through a link on the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArkansasMarathon/ with a share of the site earning a $10 discount.
Booneville is in its second stint of hosting the Arkansas Marathon, the longest continually held marathon in the state. The city has been home of the marathon since 2010. It was also home to the event from 1978-1995 before surrendering the duties.
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