10 Years Ago
A storm system passed through Lawrence County, causing sporadic damage, mostly in the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport and Industrial Park area and in parts of Walnut Ridge. The TD also received reports of roof and other damage at The Plaza Center on Hwy. 67B North.
An article by Ethel Tompkins was published the spring issue of African American Perspectives. The article, “The Most Successful Story of Diversity in the State of Arkansas – Hoxie,” speaks about the personal experiences of the families of the 21 students who were integrated into the Hoxie school system in 1955.
More than 240 graduates from 14 states attended the 2011 Hoxie Alumni Banquet held Saturday at the Hoxie Community Center. Special recognition was given to Pam Riggs Allen, class of 1965, and Glena Mason Whitlow, class of 1958, for major contributions and assistance to the program. Classes of 1959, 1960 and 1961 were honored and recognized as 50-year classes.
Walnut Ridge School held its annual faculty and staff employee appreciation banquet in Van Ellis Cafeteria. Honored as Teachers of the Year were: Brooke Bramlett, elementary; Natalie Smith, middle; and Jerry Haynes, high school. Harold Bailey was named Employee of the Year. Vicki Jones, senior high English teacher, was recognized for her 34 years of service to the school. She is retiring at the end of this school year.
20 Years Ago
Lynn School has announced the retirement of Supt. Gary Phillips and Joy Rainwater, who were honored by the employees and the school board with a dinner at the Lynn Community Center. Phillips is retiring after 28 years of service, and Rainwater is retiring after 30 years of teaching.
Jon Heard, Josh Mosley, Matt Mullen and Houston Hart have been chosen to represent Walnut Ridge High School at Boys State. Girls State representatives are Janna Ferguson, Rebecca Phillips, Katie Logan, Crystal Whitmire, Sarah Penn and Linzi Jones.
Hoxie Junior and Senior High Schools each have All-Region Quiz Bowl contestants this year. Blake Anglin was named All-Region for junior high, and Derek Johnson was named All-Region for senior high.
Walnut Ridge Middle School Students of the year were: fifth grade, Stephen Watson; sixth grade, Ryan Sluder; seventh grade, Logan Jean; eighth grade, Derek Smith. Most valuable attitude awards went to: fifth grade, Nick Estes and Cassie Jones; sixth grade, Morgan Witcher and Ryan Shoe; seventh grade, Logan Jean and Holly Ann Crum; eighth grade, Brandy Britton and Eric Oliver. The Mack Davis award for excellence in math went to Chance Weeks.
30 Years Ago
Farm Service Inc. of Hoxie has been named state winner in the Environmental Respect Awards program, honoring environmental stewardship among U.S. fertilizer/agchemical dealers.
Student Council officers at Black Rock High School for the 1991-92 school year at Black Rock include: Ashlee Dulaney, Angel Booth, Dawn Vance, Dee Dee Smith and Emily Gill.
40 Years Ago
Coach Bill Hughes has been hired as football coach of the Newark Schools. He has been football coach at Walnut Ridge for the past 12 years and athletic director for three years.
Leisa Dunham and Johnnie Barnhill will represent the Hoxie chapter of Future Homemakers when they attend the National FHA-HERO Leadership meeting in San Francisco in July.
Bertha B. Elkins recently received the “Senior Bowler Award” at the league’s annual banquet. She has been participating in the bowling league since 1959.
50 Years Ago
New Beta Sigma Phi officers are Reta Covey, president; Helen Abbott, Wanda Blackwell, Mary Holder and Betty Gale Davis.
After 16 years here as supervisor of the county Farmers Home Administration office, R.A. McCain will transfer to the state FHA office on June 1.
Wendell Kimbrough, postmaster at Alicia since 1956, was awarded a quality step increase Tuesday by A.J. Griffin of Jonesboro, postal service officer.
FRANKLY SPEAKING — Startling was a window display at The Carousel on Main Street last Saturday. Cheerleaders modeling clothes stood perfectly still until someone stopped and then one of the models would wink or make a slight movement ... The effect was startling.
65 Years Ago
Valedictorian of the 1946 graduating class of Lynn High School is Juanita Lingo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lingo of Lynn. The salutatorian of the class is Lydia Mae Glenn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Glenn of Lynn.
Jake Less and W.E. Spikes reached home Sunday from Rochester, Minn., where Mr. Less had registered with Mayo Clinic for an examination.
Dr. Len Downen went to Little Rock the first of the week to attend the annual convention of the Arkansas Dental Association.
70 Years Ago
Sue Pickens and Peggy Futrell have been named editor of Bobcat and yearbook jointly for the next year. Billy Mac Cooper will be business manager of the yearbook next year.
Mrs. Beuna Skaggs, who has been a member of the faculty of Walnut Ridge High School the past seven years and is resigning at the close of this term, was honored by the faculty at the final meeting of the year held Monday night in the home ec cottage.
80 Years Ago
Newly elected by the Walnut Ridge Garden Club are: Mrs. W.A Dowell, president; Mrs. Goldie Whitted, Mrs. W.T Altman, Mrs. G.A. Warren and Mrs. R.C. Rankin.
Legion Auxiliary elected Mrs. Clarence Raney as president for next legion fiscal year. Other officers selected were Mrs. Glover Rice, Mrs. P.S. Cunningham, Mrs. Paul Kirkpatrick, Mrs. R.C. Ranken and Mrs. Arch Rice.
Martha Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Henry, came over from Memphis Saturday and is spending a two-week vacation with her parents.
Clyde Puckett of Pocahontas has been a business visitor in Walnut Ridge daily this week. He is opening a territory for the Maytag Company and expects to open a retail store in Walnut Ridge in the near future.
90 Years Ago
The anniversary of last year’s drought, which began May 19 and lasted 103 days, found the Old South enjoying normal temperatures. In Lawrence County, refreshing showers fell all through the day giving the soil a much-needed drenching and the farmers new hope.
The first golf in Walnut Ridge was played here last Sunday with those already possessing clubs trying out links. The course is six holes of average length and with reasonably good fairways and greens. There are 40 members in the local club. The club was organized about two months ago and the ground for the course leased from the Andrews estate.
Miss Willie Doyle entertained the members of the sophomore and junior classes at her home Friday night with a lovely garden party. The lawn was dotted with Japanese lanterns and tents. A Gypsy fortuneteller was the hit of the evening.