10 Years Ago

“This area’s greatest strength is its people,” Governor Mike Beebe said in an interview at The Times Dispatch last Wednesday with reporters from The TD and the Pocahontas Star Herald. He was in Walnut Ridge to attend a fund-raiser in his honor.

Dr. Ted Lancaster of Walnut Ridge was installed as president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians at their 63rd Annual Scientific Assembly on July 29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock.

Lawrence County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition staff and members recently participated in the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Mid-Year Conference in Phoenix. The group participated in the National Youth Leadership Initiative that the CADCA offers each year to youth who are involved in community coalitions. Those who attended the conference included: Alison Oglesby, project director; Amber Adams, program coordinator; Rena Cullum, Sarah Cullum, Michael Cullum, Brooke Midgett and Lauren Dotson.

After a 23-year absence, the Alleycats Dance Team has returned to Walnut Ridge School. The team, which consists of students in ninth through 12th grade, will perform at most home football and basketball games and will also make appearances at pep rallies and spirit lines.

Ashley Roacho, 16, of Walnut Ridge was crowned Miss White River’s Outstanding Teen Saturday night in Batesville. The win makes Roacho eligible to compete in the 2011 Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen pageant next July in Hot Springs.

20 Years Ago

The Black Rock Zebras “B” baseball team won first place in their division at the Foothills Youth League Tournament. Team members are: Jonathan Rice, Matthew Propst, Michael Bruce, Brice Sluder, Josh Sorrells, Hunter Horton, Travis Davis, Nicholas Bagwell, Cody McCarroll, Garrett Maronde, Cager Ridge, Tanner Morgan and Tyler McCarroll. Pharis Smith is their coach. The Black Rock Zebras “A” team was 12-0 for the season. They were league champions and won first place at the Foothills Youth League Tournament. Members of the team are: Richard Bowker, Aaron Richey, Les Foster, Tommy Lawrence, Chris Richardson, Morris Nunally, Mitchell Thompson, Branigan Stacy, Chad Orrick and Trevor Williams. They are coached by Tim Richardson and Pharis Smith.

Christy and Cap Phillips, Colin and Teague, Kim and John Andrews and Johnnie and Ray Stone, Ragan and Ben, all of Walnut Ridge attended the annual Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference July 21-22 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

Lawrence County 4-H members recently participated in the Northeast District 4-H O-Rama. Those participating included: Richard Kee, Karen Rorex, Megan Break, Kevin Rorex, Logan Coles, Shantel Blankenship, Shawn Richey, Layonda Green, Sonya Willfond, Stephanie Richey, Shayna Sade, Alicia Halfacre, Nancy Barnett, Elizabeth Swartzlander, Bridgett Whitlow, Samantha Mitchell, Brian Dement, Jessica Fry and Jennifer Jones, 4-H program assistant and Stewart Runsick, county Extension agent.

Several Walnut Ridge and Hoxie High School Student Council members attended the Arkansas Association of Student Councils summer workshop June 23-27 at Arkansas Tech in Russellville. Those attending from WRHS were: Sarah Wilcoxson, Rebecca Phillips, Jo Beth Berry and Janna Ferguson, Carrington Bray, Cody Jones, Charles Davidson and Josh Mosley.

Hoxie Senior High Student Council members attending the workshop were: Derek Hancock, Christie Munn, Lindsey Bullard, Randi LeBlanc, Vill Phillips, Brandi Wade, Tiffany Smith and Susan Penn.

Shantelle Prater of Walnut Ridge recently attended Camp Sweeney near Gainsville, Texas.

30 Years Ago

Fire destroyed Hilltop Grocery in Powhatan Saturday morning. The grocery, located across the highway from the Powhatan Courthouse State Park, had been in business for many years.

H.H. Hackworth will be honored on his 90th birthday this Sunday in the fellowship hall of the First Free Will Baptist Church.

Diana Howard, home economics teacher at Walnut Ridge High School, was presented the Master Adviser Award, a national honor, at the Future Homemakers of America’s annual leadership meeting held recently in San Antonio.

40 Years Ago

Sheila Gaither, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Gaither of Walnut Ridge, was crowned the new Miss Arkansas United Teenager at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. She is also the reigning Miss Lawrence County and will be a freshman at Arkansas State University this fall.

American Little League champions include: Michael Osburn, Billy Spades, Jason Osburn, Wesley Bookout, Mance McCarroll, Tony Willfond, Shane Ditto, Cap Phillips, Clay Tribble, Heath Teel and Kenny Milligan. National Little League title winners are: Lance Langley, Scott Brady, Danny Melton, Scott Buchanan, Billy Gwaltney, Skip Dulaley, John Prater, Jeff Hollister, David Beary and Jeff Duckworth.

Many local fans were at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock Saturday night to see Robert Burns, a May graduate of WRHS, play in the 25th annual All-Star game.

50 Years Ago

The golf team of J.T. Williams and Bill Cate Jr. successfully defended their 1969 four-ball championship, Sunday, taking their second consecutive title in the 1970 Walnut Ridge four-ball tournament.

Mrs. Dula Baker of Smithville retired July 31, after working with the public for 38 years. She taught school for almost 15 years, then was a clerk at the Smithville post office for almost 20 years.

Pam Pratt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Pratt of Hoxie, has been selected to be a Northeast Arkansas district delegate in the Arkansas Junior Miss Pageant.

60 Years Ago

Sammy Hilburn and Dennis Brown reported to Little Rock to begin training for the annual All-Star football game.

Joe J. Doyle, retired farmer of Sedgwick, was killed by a Missouri Pacific passenger train at the Main Street crossing in Walnut Ridge.

Joe Paul Wilkinson, aged 40, one of the all-time great football players at Walnut Ridge and producer of champion football teams as coach at Northville, Mich., High School, has died.

70 Years Ago

Charles Otto Ludwig, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Ludwig of Clover Bend community, drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming in Black River near his home.

75 Years Ago

W.E. Spikes, chairman of the young Democrats Club for Lawrence County, said this morning that he had appointed Larry Sloan as co-chairman, and that an extensive campaign would begin soon to enlist memberships in the organization.

Harry D. Logan, aged 60, died at his home in Walnut Ridge last Friday morning. He had retired from his farm operations in the Richwoods area last year and moved to town and had been under the care of physicians for several months.

Petty officer William H. Jean has made 12 round trips to Europe during the two-and-one-half years he has been in the Navy. He went to sea on a new destroyer for the maiden voyage and remained in the Atlantic for two years. He is now in the Pacific.

80 Years Ago

J.J. Bellamy of Imboden has been awarded a $200 scholarship with which to attend the University of Arkansas College of Agriculture this year.

A dance hall operated for several months on the old Egypt highway, about four miles East of Hoxie, has been padlocked by the sheriff under a temporary restraining order issued by Chancellor Alvin S. Irby.

W.W. Miller, principal of the Walnut Ridge grammar school, is substituting as principal at the Fender school this month during the absence of Raymond Powers, teacher, who is at Ft. Riley, Kan., with the National Guard.

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