Huttig Mayor Tony Cole is lashing out against the News-Times with a threat against me in a handwritten letter delivered today that alleges I am involved in the goings on in Huttig.
Because I have nothing to hide and would like to keep the air as clean as possible, I’m going to share the letter with blog readers.
The letter begins with an inquiry from City Clerk Becky Mathews who asks if she is allowed to send the taped meeting minutes to me, per my monthly request. He has since informed her she needs to receive his permission before releasing any information.
Cole writes, “Yes, please do and let her know we now, know her roll (sic) in all this mess she has written. if (sic) it continue (sic) I will expose everything about who she is and how she is connected to this whole case.”
Cole has not returned another call for comment as of 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Let me tell you guys about me, for those who don’t know. I’m a 24-year-old reporter and blog manager for the News-Times. I’ve worked for the newspaper since October 2010 when I moved to El Dorado from Sierra Vista, Ariz., where I was an intern for the Sierra Vista Herald and a coach for Desert Thunder Gymnastics. I grew up in Glendale, Ariz., with two amazing role models — my absolutely amazing, wonderful, inspiring parents who are still married after nearly 25 years — and my younger sister. I graduated from Arizona State University in May 2010 with degrees in Journalism and Spanish.
My move to El Dorado was my first visit to Arkansas and prior to my transfer I’d never heard of Huttig. I have no familial ties to the state and the friends I’ve made here predominantly live in El Dorado — to my knowledge not a one lives in Huttig.
And so here’s my public challenge to Cole: Please, expose all you know about me. Please tell everyone how I’m supposedly connected to Huttig. Please bash my name to your heart’s content. Please let the threats keep coming. Just know that all you’re doing is adding fuel to my already raging fire.