10 Years Ago
Executives with Harps announced last Wednesday that the Walnut Ridge store will be closing. “Harps has been a part of the Walnut Ridge community since the early 1970s and we appreciate the patronage of our customers over those many years,” said J. Max Van Hoose, vice president of store planning.
Emergency officials responded to a Haz-Mat call on Wednesday at South Point in Hoxie. According to Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens, butyl acetate was being hauled by a Hirschbach tractor-trailer out of Illinois. The barrel containing the chemical formed a small crack, causing the chemical to seep. The Walnut Ridge Fire Department, Walnut Ridge Haz-Mat Team, members of the Lawrence County OES Department, Randolph County Haz-Mat Team, Walnut Ridge Police, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, Medic 1 and AET all responded to the scene. USES, a Haz-Mat cleanup team from Mississippi, also responded to contain the material. Highway 63B was shut down in the area for nearly five hours.
20 Years Ago
The world’s largest traveling circus, with a big-top tent longer than a football field, is coming to Walnut Ridge on Sept. 29. Carson and Barnes Five Ring Circus features some 100 human performers and over 100 exotic and domestic animals, including 20 elephants. The circus is being hosted by the Walnut Ridge Fire Department as a fund-raiser.
Gov. Mike Huckabee has announced that Portia has received a $10,000 grant for repairs at the 1914 Portia School, which is now used as a city hall and community center. The grant was awarded by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Area merchants worked to spread goodwill throughout the community last Wednesday when they gave away roses to their customers for Good Neighbor Day. Anyone who picked up a dozen roses was asked to keep one and give the remaining 11 to other people.
Scott Pierce, Hoxie High School principal, presented Wendy’s High School Heisman Award certificates to HHS seniors Tiffany Smith and Adam Tate.
Senior class officers have been elected at Hoxie High School. Officers are: Brandi Wade, president; Susan Penn, vice president; Candie Neldon, secretary; and Tiffany Jones, reporter.
30 Years Ago
Leslie Ann Martin is the 1990 Miss Lawrence County. A WRHS junior, she is the daughter of Charles and Donna Martin.
Larry Langley was recently honored for 25 years of service with ASCS. Darrell Kelley is the new 1990 Walnut Ridge Country Club men’s golf champion, and Doris Gill is the women’s champion golfer this year.
Williams Baptist College, formerly known as Southern Baptist College, is celebrating its recent name change, kicking off its 50-year golden anniversary, honoring its founder, Dr. H.E. Williams, and formally beginning the 1990-91 academic year today.
Jessica Clark, daughter of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Clark Jr., has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. Jessica attended WRHS her junior year, prior to her family’s move to Korea, where her father is stationed.
40 Years Ago
Lavonda Ballard, 17, daughter of Mrs. Sharon Ballard of Hoxie, won the title of Miss Lawrence County Saturday night at the County Fair. Other finalists were: Rhonda Burns of Hoxie, Lisa Singleton of Walnut Ridge, Jackie Webb of Hoxie, and Sherry Turner of Smithville.
Winners of the Little Mr. and Miss Lawrence County include: Paige Sturch of Walnut Ridge, second runner-up; Andrea Dame of Walnut Ridge, Rt. 3, first runner-up; Misty Williams of Walnut Ridge, Little Miss Lawrence County; Donnie Nunnally of Strawberry, Little Mr. Lawrence County; Marcus Privett of Hoxie, Rt. l, first runner-up; and Shawn Sutton of Pocahontas, Rt. 2, second runner-up.
50 Years Ago
Terri Kimbrough was chosen Miss Lawrence County Saturday night at the Lawrence County Fair at Imboden. She is from Alicia.
Sara Jane Jansen made her arrival Friday, Sept. 4, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. She is the first daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jansen. They have a son, Matt, who is four.
60 Years Ago
Leading cheers for the Walnut Ridge Bobcats this year will be Jane Cato, Cathy Douglas, Paula Howard, Sharon Glenn and Salley Sue Lewis.
Tommy Allen, 1960 graduate of Hoxie High School and one of the most gifted Mustang athletes in recent times, has accepted a baseball scholarship offered him this week by the University of Arkansas.
Tuesday was the first day of school for two sets of twins: Reed and Leonard Brown and Carey and Jana Wilcoxson.
Mr. and Mrs. M.A Corbett of Hoxie observed their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday.
Newborns at St. Bernards in Jonesboro included a son born Saturday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Teel of Walnut Ridge; and a son born Sunday afternoon to Mr. and Mrs. George Prater of Walnut Ridge.
70 Years Ago
Relatives here have been notified that three Lawrence County youths have been injured in fighting in the Korean War. Those injured are: Eddie Diggs, son of Mrs. Alice Diggs of Hoxie; Jimmy Ratliff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Ratliff of near Imboden; Jimmy Huckabee, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Huckabee of Black Rock.
Nancy Lee Stokes, daughter of Mrs. Fred Elkins of Walnut Ridge, and Bobby Ray Futrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Futrell, also of Walnut Ridge, have enrolled at Harding College in Searcy as freshmen.
Mrs. D.B. Moore was hostess to the Sunshine Sewing Club last Friday afternoon. Mrs. Harry Belk, president, conducted a short business session.
75 Years Ago
A business transaction of major importance was consummated last weekend when Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Summers purchased the Grill Cafe from Charles Duty. Mr. and Mrs. Summers are temporarily at home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Harris. Mrs. Summers is the former Miss Gladys Harris.
Garrett McCarroll, who was recently honorably discharged as a first lieutenant of the 9th Army Air Force, spent part of last week in Walnut Ridge. Mr. McCarroll will re-enter the University of Arkansas to continue his studies.
80 Years Ago
Local boards, medical advisers, legal advisers and government appeal attorneys have been appointed in Lawrence County by President F.D. Roosevelt. They are: Local board, Walnut Ridge – C.W. Webb, Portia, L.W. Perry, Ravenden; J.J. Sharum, Walnut Ridge; Examining Physician Dr. J.C. Land, Walnut Ridge. Government appeal agent – P.S. Cunningham, Walnut Ridge. Advisory board of registrants Alvin E. Irby, Harry Ponder and O.C. Blackford, all of Walnut Ridge.
Lawrence County students have enrolled at Arkansas Polytechnic College for the fall semester, which opened Sept. 9. They are: Don Eugene Hardaway of Lynn, Clifford Dail Holland of Ravenden, Curtis and Dovie Willett, both of Smithville, Ralph Lee Sharp, Lewis E. Simpson and Margaret Sloan, all of Strawberry, Brooks Logan, Orval Riggs and Inez Waldron, all of Walnut Ridge.
Joe B. Cole lost one of the largest barns in the county by fire about 11 o’clock Saturday night. He had just filled the barn with 20 tons of hay, which was also lost, as well as much other property.