County declares March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month; delinquent tax list to be published; fireworks approved

March has been declared Colon Cancer Awareness Month by the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors.

The board approved a resolution proclaiming the special observance during their February meeting Monday night.

Chairman Andy McCready said colon cancer had affected him and his family in the past and urged county residents – especially men – to get screened for the disease.

“Due to the screenings, pre-cancerous growths were caught in time for me and cancer was prevented,” McCready said. He noted that other members of his family years ago weren’t as fortunate due to not undergoing screenings.

McCready said the preparation for being screened has gotten much easier.

“Colon cancer is one of the top killers of men and a growing number of women,” McCready said.

“Last year we lost a valuable member of our Pulaski County family when we lost Eddie Sutphin,” McCready said. “Eddie didn’t get screened until it was too late.”

According to the resolution, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.  One in 20 people will develop colon cancer and every 10 minutes a life is lost to the disease. This year alone, 142,000 new cases of colon and rectal cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 50,000 deaths are expected.

Delinquent Real Estate Tax List To Be Published

The supervisors Monday night approved publication of a list of citizens who owe delinquent real estate taxes for 2016.

The list will be published in both local papers in mid-March.

The Patriot will publish the list first on March 15 in both its print edition and on its website (, and it will also be available through Facebook.

Pulaski County Treasurer Melinda Worrell has stated previously, publication of the list prompts taxpayers to pay the overdue taxes.

Publication of the delinquent tax list is but a first step in the final real estate tax collection process, which can end with the county selling the property that taxes are owed against.

Supervisors Approve Annual Fireworks Display

The board Monday night approved a request from Motor Mile Speedway for a fireworks display on June 29 as part of the speedway’s Monster Truck Show.

The fireworks follow the show, and – assuming the weather cooperates, and everything runs on time – the fireworks will begin about 10:30 p.m.

The event and fireworks are held each year around Independence Day.