10 Years Ago
Diana Shelton of Walnut Ridge was installed as president of the Arkansas Business and Professional Women during the organization’s 91st State Convention held at Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock.
Walmart #57 in Walnut Ridge was recently recognized for its 2009 Children’s Miracle Network fund-raising campaign, which raised $8,731 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The local store was recognized as the highest-fund-raising Walmart in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital market share.
The Hoxie High School Band served as Arkansas’ official representative at the National Memorial Day Parade held during Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C. The band performed the Army Hymn and the Navy Hymn and was the only band to perform military music in the parade. The band also received a private tour of the Capitol from Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln’s staff members and attended the National Memorial Day Concert held on the Capitol’s West Lawn.
20 Years Ago
Lloyd Clark of Powhatan, a teacher at Walnut Ridge Middle middle level school, has been awarded the annual Distinguished Teacher Achievement Award for 2000 by the National Council for Geographic Education. Clark was one of only 36 k-through-12 teachers in the United States and Canada to receive this award.
Members of the Leadership Lawrence County Class VI program were honored on June 6 at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. Class members are: Katie Smith, Sue Hilburn, Libby Allison, Dr. Sam Roberts, Stewart Runsick, David Penn, Kim Huddleston, Anthony Pinkston and Jackie Hutton.
The Arkansas National Guard has announced recent promotions, along with members who have received awards or decorations. Garrett P. Smith of Walnut Ridge, who is a member of the Arkansas National Guard unit in Walnut Ridge, has been promoted to staff sergeant. Spec. Jefferson B. Davis of Smithville, a member of the Batesville unit, recently received the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal.
30 Years Ago
Waymond Hutton, former criminal investigator for the Walnut Ridge Police Department, has won the Democratic nomination for Lawrence County Sheriff.
Walnut Ridge Middle School students of the year are: Angel Ingram, Charlotte Coker, Mandy Dabney, Chad Cox and Brooke Howard.
Hoxie Recorder-Treasurer Betty Welch announced last night at the city council meeting that Mayor Jerry Flippo was resigning his position. Flippo has purchased a GM dealership in Forrest City.
40 Years Ago
Rhonda Burns, 16, who lives in Hoxie and goes to school in Walnut Ridge, is the new governor of Girls State, having been elected recently at the annual encampment at Arkadelphia. Rhonda, the daughter of Mrs. Jean Burns, said she sang and made a speech to earn the votes for her election.
Marianne Snapp will work for the next four weeks in Congressman Bill Alexander’s office in Washington, D.C. She will stay with Mr. and Mrs. Hal Ponder and family while there.
50 Years Ago
A $1,000 savings bond was presented to Robert M. Flippo and to the Black Rock School by the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Jonesboro. Flippo was the state winner in the “Why You’ve Got A Lot To Live” national write-in contest by Pepsi. He also won a trip to Washington, D.C.
60 Years Ago
H.E. Williams will fire the opening salvo of his gubernatorial campaign Saturday night from the courthouse lawn.
Vance B. “Bert” Finch, project engineer who is in charge of the Flat Creek Watershed Project, has assumed his duties here.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Cate Jr. arrived home from the University of Arkansas last week and moved into their home in the Highland Addition.
Georgann Fisher is attending summer school at the University of Arkansas. Elizabeth Smith and Jane Davis are representing Black Rock High at Girls State.
The Top 10 seniors, scholastically at Walnut Ridge High, in order: Susie Wilcoxson, Sharon Joan Snow, Catherine Moore, May Nichols, Sammy Hilburn, Marjorie Schaefer, Lou Ann Wright, John Sexton, Mary Williams and Ervan Wimberly.
70 Years Ago
Five local boy scouts will leave Saturday night for the National Jamboree of Boy Scouts of America, which will be held at Valley Forge, Penn., from June 28 until July 8. They are Bobby Rainwater, George Gill, John Elders, Jimmy Carroll and George Mcleod.
J. Gardner Long, local businessman and a member of the City Council, was elected Worshipful Master of the local Masonic Lodge at the annual election held here Tuesday night.
75 Years Ago
After being a prisoner of the German Army for eight months and 10 days, Sergeant J.D. Harris Jr. was liberated about May 1 and reached the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Harris, in Walnut Ridge, Tuesday morning.
A used furniture store will be opened in Walnut Ridge next Saturday by the Young Hardware & Furniture Company, Pvt. R.D. Burrow, owner. The store will be located in the store building on West Second Street used as a depot by the Airport Motor Lines until recently.
80 Years Ago
W.W. Robinson of Hoxie was showing a baby chick in town Tuesday morning, alive and contented, that possessed the unusual number of four legs and feet.
Eleanor Riddick, Ruth Dodd and Sylvia Spikes plan to leave Saturday for Camp Kiwani girl scout camp near Hardy for two weeks’ camp. Miss Riddick will occupy the position as a junior counselor there this summer.
Mrs. Pat Sexton, home economics teacher in the Walnut Ridge Schools, left the first of last week for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she will study this summer.