10 Years Ago

Pending approval of the Walnut Ridge City Council, a woman will be serving as a commissioner for the first time in the history of the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission. Commission chairman Dan Coker announced at their regular meeting that Billie Gail Dunlap, former Lawrence County Clerk, will replace Hal Lady, whose term expired in December.

Walnut Ridge School students Austin Jared, Aubree Hughart and Caleb Sherrill received third place in the Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association junior high regional tournament. The team will advance to the state finals in Hot Springs.

Sloan-Hendrix High School FBLA members who qualified at the District II Spring Conference to advance to state competition were Casey Holder, Eric Hill, Jesse Hufstedler, Andrew Young, Alexis Kulick, Megan Welch, Alan Swink, Shilah Boudin, Brooke Pinkus and Bob Boudin.

20 Years Ago

Terry Liles and Brandi Wade were crowned 2001 Sweetheart King and Queen at Hoxie High School’s annual FCCLA Sweetheart Dance on Friday evening at the Hoxie Service Center.

Greg and Melanie Volner of Jonesboro, formerly of Hoxie, have announced the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 10, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby has been named Madeleine Claire Volner. She has a three-year-old brother, Jordan.

Ryan Shoe and Cameron Kelley served as pages for Sen. Tim Wooldridge of Paragould at the state capitol on Feb. 7. Both boys are sixth-graders at Walnut Ridge School.

The Hoxie junior boys are the District 2AAA Tournament champions after defeating Brookland at Brookland on Saturday night. The Walnut Ridge junior boys are first runners-up in the District 3AA Tournament held in Marmaduke, after being defeated by Buffalo Island Central.

Lacy Mitchell, a River Valley High School junior, was honored to have her photo and an article she wrote entitled “A Teen’s Dream” on the February 2001 e-Bay website page hosted by Tripod and called “The Lively Set Celebrating Late 50s and Early 60s Music, Movies and TV.” Lacy’s article explains why the classic era of the 50s and 60s intrigues her so much.

River Valley Junior High Quiz Bowl Team placed first on Feb. 3 at the Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association Junior High Regional “A” Tournament at Armorel. Joe Sullivan, a freshman, was named a member of the regional team. Team members are: Sullivan, Logan Coles, Brandon Wright, Buster Sexton, Brittany Wright, Corey Wright, Ashton Vaulner, Amanda Anderson and Mitchel Hubbard. Kim Wright is their coach.

30 Years Ago

Brittney Allen, daughter of Kenny and Edie Allan, and Brooke Howard, daughter of John David and Terry Howard, both of Walnut Ridge, served as pages for Rep. Tom Baker of Alicia.

Julie Girard, daughter of Annette Girard of Walnut Ridge, was named Little Miss in the eight to 10 age group of the Miss Cupid Pageant sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda at Black River Vo-Tech.

Dorothy Stewart of Hoxie and Bob Simmons of Beebe have two sons serving in Operation Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia: Specialist E/4 Randy Simmons, Aviation Reg., and Robert Simmons, 3rd Armor Divsion.

40 Years Ago

The Clover Bend Senior High team, who won the senior boys division of the Lawrence County Basketball Tournament, are: Teddy Herriott, Donnie Morgan, Daniel Bridges, Johnny Whitehead, Steve Doyle, Alan Simms, Wayne Freer, Paul Burnside, Jeff Crisler, David Carter, Alan Whaley, David Looney, Junior Blanchard, Scott Finch, Tim Doyle and Jackie Martin.

Dee Tillman, a junior at Walnut Ridge High School, scored her 1,000th point as a varsity basketball player last Wednesday night, according to her coach, Terry Belcher.

A grease fire at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant on Highway 67 South in Hoxie, destroyed the kitchen and caused heavy smoke and water damage to the front of the dining room. Bob Warden, owner of the restaurant, said he plans to rebuild as soon as possible.

50 Years Ago

Stephen Randall Snow and Charles William McNeal, both WRHS graduates, have been named to membership in the highest honorary scholastic fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, at Southwestern, where they are seniors.

Randy Golden, top WRHS athlete, has been signed to a grant-in-aid athletic scholarship by State College of Arkansas. Golden earned All-State honors in football last fall and is the Bobcats’ leading scorer in basketball.

The Hoxie Mustangs won the Lawrence County basketball championship last Saturday night before a packed crowd in Strawberry. Members of the team are: Coach Jolly Myatt, Bryian Rogers and Billy Tennison, managers, Wilson Schmidt, Joe Kopp, Roy Fleming, Jim Burns, Mitchell Little, Eddie Davis, Coach Bobby Watson, Rodger Sullivan, Danny Winfrey, Gary Flippo and Mike Hodge.

The Walnut Ridge Bobkittens won the Lawrence County junior basketball championship. Squad members are: Coach Bill Hughes, Kevin Alsup, Mike Bassett, Randy Sain, Ralph Duckworth, Maurice James, Melvin Davis, Stanley Sloan, Jeff Hart, Johnny Holder and Courtney Lacy.

Mayor O’Neal Kellim announced today that lease arrangements have been completed with Morgan Portable Buildings of Dallas to occupy a building at the airport for the manufacture of portable metal buildings.

60 Years Ago

John Sain leaves this weekend for St. Petersburg, Fla., and the New York Yankees baseball camp.

Construction of a $53,000 multi-purpose building is underway on the campus of Hoxie Public Schools. It is the last unit of a $150,000 building program.

Michigan State Board of Accounting announced last week that Joe G. Benson had successfully met all requirements to entitle him to practice as a certified public accountant.

A Walnut Ridge man has been elected president of the biggest home-owned business operation in Arkansas. Robert H. Smith was named president last Thursday of the Arkansas Rice Growers Cooperative Association and the affiliated Arkansas Grain Corporation.

70 Years Ago

Announcement was made this morning of the sale of Foster’s Cash Store by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Foster to Tom Waldron. Mr. Waldron took over the operation of the store this morning.

Father Joseph A. King, priest in charge of St. Cecillia’s Catholic Church at Newport, has been assigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at Walnut Ridge and assumed his duties here last week.

Volunteer firefighters, armed only with tubs of snow and gunny sacks, in sub-zero weather, halted the roaring blaze that threatened the entire business district at Egypt last Thursday night, but not until three establishments were destroyed. The loss was estimated at close to $30,000. Destroyed were the Arnold Statler General Store, Harry Lingo Pool Hall and Harry Lingo Jr. Service Station.

75 Years Ago

Murrell Moore, chairman of the Lawrence County Office of Price Administration board, has announced the closing of the local offices on February 1.

Swan Dowell Swindle, student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, spent last weekend in Walnut Ridge with his mother, Mrs. Minnie Swindle, and other relatives.

80 Years Ago

R.D. Burrow, president of the City Softball league, stated yesterday that he would announce a meeting date of the league next week so that all those interested in softball this year could get together and express their views.

Lindsay Woodring was absent from his duties at Young Hardware Company Tuesday and Wednesday after undergoing a tonsillectomy by Dr. J.C. Hughes at Hoxie Tuesday morning.

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