10 Years Ago
Fire destroyed the main building at Franks Body Shop, located at 2113 Highway 63B in Hoxie, Monday night. The office portion of the building was saved, but the shop and seven vehicles that were inside it were a total loss.
The Wings of Honor Museum, located at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport, has received a $1,500 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation. Harold Johnson, museum board president, said the grant will be used to construct comprehensive World War II educational displays at the museum.
Several ATF Martial Arts students were promoted following testing on Aug. 28. Students promoted are designated with an asterisk. Those receiving promotions included Will Coker, Parker Papi, Rebekah Manning, Creadon Brunson, Riley Hubbard, Baylee Rash, Trevor Smith, Grady Privett, Tristin Hart, Hannah Manning, Andrew Coker, Chloe James, Tyler Burchfield, Tristan Hoffman, Kody Reynolds, Paul Prevo and Canyon Staal. Fred Weeks is the master instructor.
20 Years Ago
The Lawrence County Chapter of Circle of Friends, a fund-raising organization for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, has new officers for their 2000-2001 year. They are: Leslie Martin, vice chair; Renee Smith, chair; Kristi Murphy, secretary; Michelle Smith, treasurer; Natalie Teel, membership; Winnie Tedder, projects; Rhonda Forrester, membership; Cindy Lewis, publicity; and Dana Penn, education.
Breanna Sisk and Melissa Rash, both of Walnut Ridge, recently completed a three-week residential Academic Enrichment for Gifted in Summer (AEGIS) program, Shakespeare Page to Stage at Lyon College in Batesville.
Staff Sgt. John Hampton of Fort Bragg, N.C., has been promoted to sergeant first class. He is an airborne ranger and joined the Army in 1990. John is a graduate of Black Rock High School and the son of Jack Hampton of Powhatan and Judy Clark of Walnut Ridge.
Judy Watson is the 2000 women’s club golf champion at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. Carol Halford was second in the championship flight, while Laquetta Eidson was third. Mike Kelley is the 2000 men’s club golf champion. Frank Kelley was second, and Darrell Kelley came in third.
Tara Gentry and Amy Winemiller, both of Hoxie, competed and placed at the National AAU Track Competition at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., in July. Gentry won first in her age group in high jump, placed fifth in the pentathalon and seventh in the 80-meter hurdles. Winemiller placed second in discus and seventh in long jump at the national competition.
30 Years Ago
Southern Baptist College officially became known as Williams Baptist College last Wednesday in honor of its founder and first president, Dr. H.E. Williams.
Rev. Ron Sanders reports that more than 500 attended the dedication service of the new 600-seat auditorium and worship center at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.
40 Years Ago
Greg Elders and Bobby Brand, seniors at Walnut Ridge High School, have been named as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship competition. They are two of the 134 students selected from the 6,122 in Arkansas who competed for the honor.
Temperature tops 100 for the 32nd day. There have been more days of maximum readings of 100 degrees or more in Lawrence County in 1980 than any year in recorded history. The total of 100 or more days went to 32, Tuesday, when the high reading was 101.
50 Years Ago
Joe Tillman of Snapp Motor Company in Walnut Ridge competed with the best technicians from 203 Ford dealerships in the Memphis District and won top honors in the district.
Sebastain A. (Seb) Spades of Walnut Ridge, a senior at the University of Arkansas School of Medicine, received the $500 James Gentry Thomas Memorial Award.
Robin Watson of Hoxie won a trophy Saturday for winning the Northeast Arkansas Women’s Invitational Golf Tournament Saturday and Sunday in Jonesboro.
60 Years Ago
Jim Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert J. Harris of Strawberry, and well-remembered here as the standout catcher for the Walnut Ridge American Legion team during the 1957-58-59 seasons, has been awarded a four-year baseball scholarship at Highlands University, Las Vegas, N.M.
Coffey Lumber Company, owned and operated by the Coffey family for approximately 60 years, has been sold. Burns Cassidy, one of the owners of the newly acquired business, will be the manager.
Newell A. Mock Jr., U.S. Army, was promoted to the rank of captain, effective Aug. 29.
70 Years Ago
Six more Lawrence County men have been injured in the Korean conflict. They are: Pfc. Leroy Mack Ratliff, son of Jim Mack Ratliff of Route l, Imboden; Pfc. Jerry Lee Nanny, son of Charley W. Nanny of Sedgwick; Pfc. Edward Raymond Diggs, son of Mrs. Alice Julia Diggs or Hoxie; Pfc. Everett L. Holland, son of Mrs. Wiley Franklin Holland, Route, l, Walnut Ridge; Pfc. Buford C. Light, son of Mrs. Susie Light, Route l, Alicia; Cpl. Jimmie Huckabee, son of Mrs. R. Huckabee of Portia.
Dr. J.C. Land, practicing physician in Lawrence County for 50 years, died in a Memphis hospital Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Land was active in the practice of medicine and operation of the Land Clinic in Walnut Ridge.
75 Years Ago
Governor Ben Laney in Little Rock Saturday appointed W.A. Dowell of Walnut Ridge as a member of a committee of distinguished professional and business men to prepare a long-range program for hospital and health service throughout the state.
The Victory Trio, D.E. Rice, Leon Hubbs and Melba Binkley, and Mrs. Ruby Camp, accompanist, and Mrs. Cecil Grissom attended and had a place on the program at the singing convention at Light, Sunday afternoon.
During the past week, President Truman has sent to the United States Senate for confirmation the appointment of the following postmasters: Joe H. Webb at Egypt and Mrs. Anna McCall at Portia. Both have been serving as postmasters in their respective offices, but an upward change of status in class of the post offices required presidential appointment.
80 Years Ago
R.B. Warner and J.L. Bland of Walnut Ridge and William Munro of Imboden were appointed as Lawrence County election commissioners at a meeting of the state election board held Monday in Little Rock.
Harry Ponder Jr. addressed the Rotary Club in Newport today and spoke on the people of Arkansas voting blindly on proposed constitutional amendments and referred acts.
Tom Guthrie of Smithville and Paul Day of Walnut Ridge were honored at the University of Arkansas this week by the Student Senate. Guthrie was appointed treasurer of the student government body, an elective office left vacant by the failure of the man elected last year to return to school. Guthrie is a junior. Day was appointed a member of the social committee. Day is a sophomore.