10 Years Ago
Walnut Ridge was the site for the state’s first peanut production meeting as approximately 30 gathered at the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative. Herb Ginn, Lawrence County Extension staff chair, said county agents, specialists, peanut company representatives and farmers from both Lawrence and Randolph counties attended.
The Lawrence County Circle of Friends’ annual Tips for Tots fund-raiser was held at the Walnut Ridge Country Club and raised nearly $50,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Different themed booths were set up at the event. The booth “Buckhorn Saloon,” hosted by Greg and Kim Gill and Chris and Marta Henson, raised the most money and was also awarded “Most Creative Table.”
The WRHS chapter of Future Farmers of America competed in the Eastern District Career Development events at Arkansas State University. Logan Brady, Celea Jones and Alex Teel qualified for the state forestry contest by placing fifth in the district. Brady led the team by placing as third highest individual in the competition.
20 Years Ago
Gov. Mike Huckabee signed House Bill 1541 into law during a ceremony recently at the state Capitol. The bill establishes a memorial on the Capitol grounds honoring firefighters killed in the line of duty. Paula Haskins of Walnut Ridge designed the memorial.
Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Tolbert of Smithville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception on Sunday, April 1. Jack Marvin Tolbert and Rebecca Josephine Barnhill were married on April 14, 1951, at Rev. Chandler’s home in Hoxie. Mr. and Mrs. William G. Mullen of Black Rock will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception Saturday, April 7, in Powhatan. William G. Mullen and Wanda England were married March 30, 1951, in Walnut Ridge.
Black Rock School is putting the finishing touches on a 12,000-square-foot multipurpose building. Construction on the building began in July. The building has two classrooms, restrooms and a gymnasium.
Delise Coles, main leader of the Strawberry Superstars 4-H Club was selected as the 2000 4-H Leader of the Year. Coles’ club, the Strawberry Superstars, was honored at the 2000 District O-Rama for the their community service record book.
30 Years Ago
Steve Cook, son of David and Phyllis Cook of Hoxie, is the first Lawrence County soldier to return home from the Persian Gulf War.
Teddy Dodd, a senior at Hoxie High School, has been named as the recipient of the $ 1,000 Walmart Foundation Community Scholarship.
Kerri Ditto, an eighth grader at Walnut Ridge Middle School, was recently named a winner in the Speak For Yourself letter-writing contest, where students wrote letters on youth issues to their U.S. representatives.
40 Years Ago
Danny Gibson has been elected to serve as president of the Walnut Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce. Other officers include: Tom Moore, Gary Smith and Don Burnett.
Seven WRHS students received recognition at the Northeast Arkansas Math Contest at ASU on Saturday. They include: Rodney Davis, Jayme Caspall, Denise Langley, Mike Kelley, Jeff Holder, Vonda Gale Davis and Kirk Hicks.
Leon Neece, an instructor at Walnut Ridge School, has been re-appointed manager of the Municipal Swimming Pool for the season. Ben Robert Bush has been named assistant manager.
The Rev. James Fitzgerald is the new pastor at Hoxie First Baptist Church. Rev. Carl White, former Hoxie pastor, has moved to Calico Rock.
Dale Morris, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Morris of Harrisburg, is enrolled in the Army ROTC program at State College of Arkansas in Conway.
60 Years Ago
Martha Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jackson of Walnut Ridge, is one of the Cotton Belles of the 1961 Cotton Carnival.
Workmen began yesterday on a sidewalk remodeling job which will result in the use of parallel parking on Main Street.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Young are announcing the arrival of a daughter, Janet, born in Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. J.T. Stallcup was elected president of the Schubert Club at a meeting Thursday of last week.
70 Years Ago
Mrs. Ruth Moore, third-grade teacher in the Black Rock Public School, has been notified by Gladys E. Johnson, president of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Arkansas, that she has been selected to receive a scholarship for in-service teachers.
A.C. Rudloff, H.E. Williams and C.F. Gwinup have filed a petition asking that a portion of the Walnut Ridge air base be incorporated as a town to be called College City. A public hearing will be held at the courthouse in Walnut Ridge to that effect.
Owen Elkins, native of Walnut Ridge and one of the best-known musicians and orchestra leaders in the South, died in his sleep last Saturday morning at his home in Memphis. He was 35.
M.G. Less and N.F. Sloan drove to Hot Springs Thursday morning and remained through Saturday for the racing programs at Oaklawn Jockey Club.
75 Years Ago
Orville Phillips of Powhatan suffered the loss of his right eye Monday afternoon when he was struck by a falling stick.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew McCarroll of Marked Tree have a new residence under construction in the Ponder Addition in Walnut Ridge and expect to return to this city in the near future to again become citizens of Lawrence County.
J.D. Harris Jr. and Billy Drew Henry, students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, spent last weekend in Walnut Ridge with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Harris and Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Henry.
Sgt. Elton Irby has written his parents, Mayor and Mrs. Alvin Irby, that he expects to leave Japan sometime this month for home.
80 Years Ago
Dr. W.J. Robinson, aged 77, practicing physician in the community of Portia for more than 40 years, died at his home in that city Tuesday night following a short illness.
The senior division of students in piano and violin of Mrs. Morris Less were heard in recital at the Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon. Students appearing on the program were: Jay Meyer, Mildred Bland, Martha Ann Warner, Geraldine and Clarence Robert Jung, Carolyn Sloan, Leota Hanni, Patty Moseley, Edgar Riddick Jr., Memory Lee Bland, Gloria Sloan, Nancy Ponder and T.C. Pope.
The following seniors were named to the honor roll for the fourth six weeks at Walnut Ridge High School: Leota Hanni, Louise Helms, Jeanne McCall, Willene Phillips, Rachel Rainey, Maggie Rice, Maggie Spikes and Margene Wilson.
Doris Jean Ratliff was able to return to school Tuesday of this week after having her tonsils removed several days ago.