Busy time in Fayetteville

This weekend is pretty crazy on campus. All of the big Northwest Arkansas school districts, as well as some of the smaller ones, are having graduation ceremonies at Bud Walton Arena this weekend; the law school has its graduation tomorrow; the softball team is hosting the NCAA regional; and high school state championship games - minus softball - are being played at the Razorbacks’ facilities.

It will be similar in two weeks when Arkansas hosts the baseball regional. That is the same week the Walmart shareholders meet at Bud Walton.

Our local businesses - especially the restaurants and hotels - love this time of year.

Well, technically the business meeting of the shareholders is in Rogers at John Q. Hammonds Center. So, that’s one less busy day on campus.

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Doesn’t hurt the local business outlook that the softball teams are within driving distance except for DePaul. No idea how their fans will travel, but it’s doable if they have any who will.

Yes,it is. i’m moving back to Fayetteville tomorrow with my wife and 4 dogs. I left grad school in 1972 and am coming back to be near the kids and grandkids. Can’t wait to join the touchdown club or whatever Bo mc’s. How do I contact someone about this? Thanks.

Welcome back! Fayetteville - all of Northwest Arkansas, really - is a great place to live. My wife and I were talking the other day about how much we take for granted living here because we both have been here so long. The schools are great, the crime is low and we have the amenities of a big town while maintaining the feel of a small one.

The email for the Touchdown Club is nwatdclub@yahoo.com.

Unless you have to drive the wrong direction on I-49…

The interstate is much better, less congested since the additional lanes were opened. My wife drives to Bentonville every morning and back every afternoon, and her drive time has decreased between 5 and 10 minutes each way.

Yeah, my oldest lives and works in Chicago. He had a 20 mile commute to Lisle that took 45 minutes each way. He just took a new job at a private equity investment company that is 2 blocks from his place, he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven as he has no commute and they doubled his salary.

I was headed to the office Thursday night to proof some pages for our June football preview. I wasn’t paying a bit of attention to any traffic issues since it was 9 p.m. Thursday. Nobody out, right? Boy was I wrong. I got caught in Bud Walton Arena emptying from Fayetteville graduation (or some school’s massive graduation). I got stuck in traffic for 20 minutes. The good news was that there was no traffic around 11 p.m. when I left the office.

By the way, it’s going to be a great issue. There are 84 pages and great photos. It’s always one of my favorite issues. I did features on Hjalte Froholdt, Santos Ramirez and Ty Storey. Dudley, Matt and Scottie did the other features. It’s always good to have other voices (as writers) in the magazine and these are all well done.

The lead is get-to-know-you stuff on Chad Morris. He posed for portraits for us a couple of weeks ago and that’s the cover and for the State of the Hogs lead. Great photos. Santos Rameriz and Jared Cornelius portraits are also in the magazine.