10 Years Ago
The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department began its County Work Project on Thursday. The program is intended to save the county money and cut the amount of time inmates are kept in the county jail. The program will allow inmates to cut one day off their sentence for each day they work. They will be cleaning up roadsides and parks and may also be involved in some roadwork, according to County Judge Dale Freeman.
Carolyn Penn of Lynn and David and Dana Penn of Hoxie attended “On the Wings of Hope,” a regional The Compassionate Friends conference, in Omaha, Neb.
Four Walnut Ridge School Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the state competition held Saturday at ASU–Beebe, and two of the teams will advance to the World Finals in May. The fourth-grade team tied for first place in their division, while the sixth-and-seventh-grade team placed second. Both of the teams will now advance to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals to be held May 27-29 in College Park, Md. Also competing in the state competition were teams from the fifth-grade and the ninth-grade.
Three students from Sloan-Hendrix Middle School in Imboden recently served as pages at the state Capitol. The students, Colby Johnson, Tyler Murphy and Clayton Thomason, were accompanied by Rick Tate, SHMS principal, to the Capitol in Little Rock, where they served as pages for State Rep. James Ratliff of Imboden, who is also Johnson’s grandfather.
20 Years Ago
Kortney White of Ravenden was one of 100 finalists selected in the contest to select a design for the Arkansas quarter in the national commemorative coin program.
Black Rock High School FCCLA students who won awards at STAR Events competition held at the state FCCLA convention in Little Rock March 29-31 are: Bridgette Whitlow, Raven Lawson, Veronica Campbell, Allison Smith and Vanessa Tyson. Allison Smith was installed as District III vice president of programs, and Veronica Campbell was installed as FCCLA State Secretary.
Hoxie’s Lady Mustangs softball team won the Lawrence County tournament at Black Rock on Saturday, their fourth straight title.
The Walnut Ridge High School Bobcats baseball team claimed their sixth consecutive county championship Saturday evening at Black Rock.
Justin McCormic of Portia was recently named an Eagle Scout, the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. Only two to four percent of Scouts ever achieve Eagle status, according to Pat Roby of Black Rock, Justin’s scoutmaster.
30 Years Ago
Mary Lynn Mullen is Miss Bobcat 1991.
Alex Latham of Portia was the first of five persons to be named the friendliest in Lawrence County.
Graham’s Store on Main Street officially became The Pace Place on Friday afternoon.
40 Years Ago
Officers of the Lawrence County Historical Society are: Tom Moore, president; Willene Kirkland, vice president; Evelyn Flippo, secretary; Carolyn Propst, treasurer; Edith Stovall and Helen Henderson, quarterly editors; Mildred Hicks, Jerry Gibbens, Inez Harris, Revis Casper, Rachel Rainey and Dalton Henderson, directors; and Viola Meadows, past president.
Lisa Jones was recently named annual queen at Hoxie High School. Linda Graddy was first runner-up, and Vivian Jones was second runner-up.
Bill Rainwater has been named to the board of trustees of Hendrix College in Conway. Hendrix is a liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
50 Years Ago
Anne Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Williams, was named Future Homemakers of America queen Saturday night at the annual FHA Spring Formal.
Pam Pratt and David Winfrey, both seniors, have been named Miss and Mr. Hoxie High School by the high school faculty on the basis of scholarship, leadership and citizenship.
Robin Ward, a seventh-grade student at Hoxie School, outspelled 123 other contestants Saturday to become Lawrence County’s champion speller of the 28th annual Spelling Bee.
Students home from the University of Arkansas to spend the spring holidays with their parents include Dud Bassett, Ginger Snapp, Marlene Wilcoxson, Blake Hart, Ken Guthrie, John Williams, Hal Lady, Carlos Qualls, Alfred Dunham and Barry Winningham. Theresa Davis and Brent Tolson were home from Ouachita Baptist University and Judy Holt from State College of Arkansas.
60 Years Ago
Jack Holt and William B. Snapp of Snapp Motor Company were presented Ford Motor Company’s 300-500 Club award last night at a banquet at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Snapp are the parents of a daughter, born last Friday at 8:15 p.m. at St. Bernards Hospital. The baby was named Marianne after her mother and grandmother. The Snapps have one other child, a son, who is two. The grandparents are Mayor and Mrs. Russell Snapp and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ponder.
Sammy Hilburn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hilburn and a freshman at the University of Arkansas, was pledged by the Sigma Chi fraternity at the conclusion of spring rush week held recently on the campus at Fayetteville.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Allison are announcing the birth of their first child, a son, born Sunday morning at 1:30 o’clock at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The little lad has been named Calvin Thurlo. Grandparents are Mrs. Polly Allison of Walnut Ridge and Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Dobbs of Fender community.
70 Years Ago
Carl Moore, grocery store operator, disposed of his business here the first of April. The store has been purchased by Cecil McGhehey, who will operate it under the name of McGhehey’s Grocery.
Miss Sue Pickens of Walnut Ridge has been selected from the Methodist Youth Fellowship group here to attend the National M.Y.F. Convention to be held at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.
R.S. Rainwater of Walnut Ridge was elected vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Arkansas State College at a meeting of the board in Jonesboro, Sunday. Fred M. Pickens of Newport was named chairman to succeed Senator Orville Cheney of Calico Rock.
Don Hardaway, naval petty officer on duty with units of the fleet in California, is at home on a two-week leave, granted because of the illness of his mother, Mrs. J.E. Hardaway. Mr. Hardaway, who is also tax collector of the county, visited in Walnut Ridge yesterday.
75 Years Ago
At a meeting of the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars last week, Bunk Allison was elected commander of the post to succeed Ira B. Jones. Robert C. Surridge, who was mayor of Walnut Ridge in 1916-17 and again in 1922-23, was elected chief executive of the city in Tuesday’s election.
Miss Gloria Sloan, who is in residence at Pi Beta Phi House at the University of Georgia, spent last weekend on the Atlantic coast with friends. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Sloan of this city.
80 Years Ago
Paul Day of Walnut Ridge and Halbert Moody of Lauratown, were both honored recently at the University of Arkansas. Day was elected business manager of the “Arkansas Razorback,” and Moody was elected business manager of the Arkansas Traveler.
The state Game and Fish Commission announced in Little Rock this week that Earl Rorex had been appointed to succeed J.H. Hathcoat as game warden for Lawrence County. Rorex lives in Dowell community.
Rachel Rainey, editor of the Walnut Ridge High School Bobcat, received the certificate of honor won by the Bobcat staff at the recent Arkansas High School Press meeting.
Vernon Richey, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Richey of Eaton, has been chosen valedictorian of the Lynn High School class of 1941. Alpha Wade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Wade of Lynn, is salutatorian.