10 Years Ago
Davis-Tompkins-Hamilton Post 11300 of Walnut Ridge was recognized with the Golden Anniversary Award to mark 50 years as a post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The state VFW commander presented the award at the district meeting in Piggott on Jan. 16.
Marvin and Sharon Kennedy of Walnut Ridge celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a week’s stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Savannah, Ga. While there, they toured several historic homes, as well as Tybee Island. The trip was a gift from the couple’s children and their families.
White Oak Baptist Church, located just northeast of Walnut Ridge off Hwy. 34, held a dedication service Sunday afternoon for its new family life center. The structure includes a regulation-size basketball court, large commercially-equipped kitchen, bathrooms with showers, a kids’ corner and unfinished upstairs rooms for future classroom space. Bro. Doran Gregory is the pastor.
20 Years Ago
The Department of the Army has announced the promotion of local dentist Dr. Robert E. Gardner to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. The official pinning-on ceremony took place at the USAR center on the Millington Naval Base on Dec. 17.
The Parachute Inn Restaurant at the Walnut Ridge Airport will have its grand opening on Feb. 5. The restaurant will feature a full buffet and salad bar.
At the recent Northeast Arkansas Horse Show Association banquet held at the Holiday Inn in Jonesboro, Lana Richey of Lynn was honored with the Lyle Mays Sportsmanship Award, one of the major awards given at the banquet. Lana also received an award for placing in the top five of the association in buckaroo poles.
The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy has awarded a 50-year Golden Graduate certificate to Clyde R. Coleman, RPH, of Walnut Ridge. Coleman also has 20 years of service at Lawrence Memorial Hospital as director of clinical pharmacy.
Mylie Brown, a band student at Walnut Ridge High School, was recently named to the All-Region Band. Mylie plays the clarinet under the direction of John Long. She performed Saturday with the All-Region Band at the newly-opened Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.
Hoxie High School celebrated homecoming Friday evening. Royalty included: Tiffany Jones, queen; Trisha Hendrix, senior maid; Brandi Wade, senior maid; Brittany Richey, junior maid; Trosha Brumley, sophomore maid; Whitney Fowler, freshman maid; and Adam Boothe and Mackenzie Allison, pages. Escorts were Robert Riedel, Josh Graddy, Bobby Sullivan, Matt Light, Chris Bullard and Jacob Warren.
30 Years Ago
Angela Latham is High Achievement Award and first place winner for the second consecutive year at the Arkansas Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament.
PFC Scott Tinker was deployed from Germany to Saudi Arabia on Jan. 7. He is a 1988 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is the son of Phyllis Tinker, Route 3, Walnut Ridge.
40 Years Ago
The following Walnut Ridge girls reigned as the Homecoming Court for the annual basketball homecoming game: Diane Sloan, junior maid; Karen Rash, senior maid; Kim McKnight, maid of honor; Mechelle Teel, queen; Becka Singleton, sophomore maid; and Kay Lynn Brand, freshman maid; pages are Nicole Woody and Chris Kopp.
Elizabeth Potter of Walnut Ridge was one of 94 students who did straight A work at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville for the fall semester.
Seven Walnut Ridge band students achieved membership in the All-District band recently during tryouts at Paragould. They include: Greg Elders, Tim Choat, Bobby Brand, Mike Slayton, Terri Moody, Carla Cate and Vonda Gale Davis.
50 Years Ago
An estimated 4 to 5 million blackbirds are roosting east of the Walnut Ridge School in a wooded area on the Dowell farm just west of the black cemetery. This is the third year the blackbirds have wintered at this particular area, but there are more birds every year.
Friends and fellow peace officers honored former Sheriff Kenneth Guthrie, after his 10 years of service, at a dinner in the Salad Bowl Restaurant.
Mr. and Mrs. Hassell Judkins of Smithville will be honored by their family this Sunday on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Walnut Ridge Band Department smashed previous records last Saturday when seven members qualified for the All-State High School Band, and 21 members won positions in the All-District Bands during regional competition at Blytheville High School. Qualifying for All-State were Rhonda Smith, clarinet; Paula Boyce, bassoon; Claud Smith, French horn; Sam Ponder, trumpet; Mike Causey, baritone; Daniel Midkiff, trombone; Phillip Midkiff, tuba.
MINTURN, Jan. 14 — Mr. Jones, who is known to the town’s 69 voters as Larry, is the state’s youngest mayor. He is also an honor student majoring in agronomy at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. He is the 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. (Jack) Jones.
60 Years Ago
Sammy Hilburn was one of 48 freshmen at University of Arkansas who were awarded football letters for 1960.
Harold Norwood Willmuth placed first in the sixth quarter class at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.
William McNeal, office manager for Vulcan Corporation, spent last weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mrs. Arthur Cleveland and Mrs. Ed Summers represented the Lawrence County Chapter at a March of Dimes coffee given by Mrs. Orval E. Faubus at the Governor’s mansion in Little Rock.
Billy D. Thornton, formerly of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie, and now Arkansas State College publicity director, accompanied the Arkansas State College band and A-State Drill Team, to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of President-elect John F. Kennedy.
70 Years Ago
Lowell Penn of near Lynn has been appointed Deputy Tax Collector of Lawrence County by Collector Don Hardaway. Mr. Hardaway, who was elected to his first public office in the August 1950 primary, reported to Little Rock Tuesday for active duty with the Navy.
75 Years Ago
Manuel Bunk Allison assumed management of the Altman Grocery and market last week and will operate the business under the name of Allison’s Super Market.
Dr. J.B. Elders opened an office in Walnut Ridge Monday and will practice medicine. He has a suite of rooms in the Swicord Building. Dr. Elders was county health officer for Lawrence County prior to entering the armed service. He was a captain in the medical corps and recently returned to the States from Europe.
In an effort to accelerate the collection of clothing to be sent to war victims in Europe and Asia, Mr. Frank Evans, chairman, announced that Boy Scouts would make a house-to-house collection in Walnut Ridge.
80 Years Ago
S.L. Richardson of Walnut Ridge, serving his first term as Senator from this senatorial district, has been appointed on 10 Senate committees, according to an announcement made by Lt. Gov. Bob Bailey.
Judge M.C. McLeod attended a meeting of the Arkansas County Judges’ Association in Little Rock Tuesday and attended the inauguration of Governor Adkins and the reception which followed.
Capt. Julian Beakley has been designated paymaster for the Third Battalion and Auxiliary troops at Camp Robinson.