10 Years Ago
With the temperature hovering right at the freezing mark, early morning rainfall turned dangerous in parts of Lawrence County on Monday. Patchy ice caused problems for motorists, who were not expecting the roads to be slick. On Highway 63, near Hoxie, a two-vehicle wreck was followed by a four-car pileup. Several vehicles slid off the road at Smith curve, near Imboden. The highway had to be closed in both of those areas to remove cars.
The Hoxie sixth-grade girls basketball team won first place in the Main Street Tournament. Team members include Devyn Pollard, Katelyn Jamison, Abby Fears, Erica Eubanks, Victoria Swartzlander, Beka Kopp and Kelsey Ward.
The Walnut Ridge sixth-grade boys basketball team won the third annual Main Street Tournament. Walnut Ridge earned wins over CRA and Hillcrest to take the title. Team members include Cannon Baker; Ryder Johnson, Will Spargo, Will Weir, Drake Berry, Chase Baker, Vadin Robins, C.J. Barnes, Hunter Tribble, Matt Sprague, Matthew Shaw, Luke Harper, Drake Spain, Austin Brawley and Michael Bounds. The team is coached by Billy Baker and Clint Berry.
Basketball homecoming royalty at Walnut Ridge High School consists of Beth Massey, queen; Cheyanne Stayton and Coda Pierce, senior maids; Christin Holsapple, junior maid; Audrey McElrath, sophomore maid; and Jodie Reithemeyer, freshman maid.
20 Years Ago
Construction is well underway on the new post office in Smithville. The structure will have 2,571-square-feet of interior space. The Smithville Post Office has two rural carriers and a highway contract route.
Chelsey Teel was the overall Hoxie winner in the Elk’s Lodge of Jonesboro essay contest. All sixth-graders participated in the contest entitled “Why I’m Proud to Be an American.” The top three winners of each classroom were: Rachael Goff, Soni Walton, Will Hendrix, Andrew Burks, Jessica Woods, Holly King, Lauren Weitcamp, Maegan Bullard, Stacie Chastain, Lucas Shultz, Byron Stocker and Teel. Overall winners from each classroom received a certificate and a $50 savings bond. They were: Teel, Shultz, Hendrix and Chastain.
The United Insurance Bulls recently won the 2000 Peewee Basketball Tournament. Team members are: Chris Cross, William Wilcoxson, John-Scott Kelley, Kylan Stewart, Jared Blackwell, Grant Smith and David Sanders. The team was coached by Terry Kelley and Bill Wilcoxson.
Sixth grade students from Ben R. Bush Elementary School who were winners of a “Why I’m Proud to Be an American” essay contest sponsored by the Jonesboro Elks Lodge No. 4498 were: Cameron Kelley, Jonathan Parsons, Jeff Williams, Whitney Bennett, Chris Pinkston, Tiffany Flippo, Mark Briner, Matthew Moore and Ashley Segraves. Williams was the overall winner and received a full-size American flag to be displayed at the school.
30 Years Ago
Four Hoxie students, Jenny Mason, Lenny Becker, Kristi Land and Sheryl Walker, have been chosen for Senior High All-Region Band. Students from Walnut Ridge who made All-Region Band include Rebecca Jorn, Carole Kearby and Tim Randall.
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Tinsley of Hoxie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Jan. 20. The couple were married on Jan. 18, 1941.
Mrs. Ola Looney Hackworth was honored Sunday afternoon with a birthday celebration on her 90th birthday.
40 Years Ago
The outbreak of flu, which has swept through Arkansas, has sharply affected attendance at Walnut Ridge and Hoxie schools. The flu has reached epidemic proportions at Trumann, where the school has closed for a few days. School officials at Walnut Ridge said that 168 student absentees were recorded Monday, followed by 209 absences on Tuesday. Several faculty members were also sick. At Hoxie, officials said that 114 absences were recorded Monday, and 105 absences were noted Tuesday.
Betty Gale Davis was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi national fraternity at the University of Mississippi. Phi Kappa Phi is the highest scholastic honor that may be attained at Ole Miss and recognizes scholastic achievements in all schools and colleges in the university.
Sara Anne Shell, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Frank Shell, has been named to the President’s List at Ouachita Baptist University for the 1980 fall semester.
50 Years Ago
Vickie Sue McMullen, WRHS senior, died Sunday when her car went out of control and overturned at the junction of State Highway 91 and U.S. Highway 63, two miles east of Hoxie. She died on her l8th birthday. Walnut Ridge Golf Club met and elected W.L. “Junior” Thompson as president.
Three new officials on duty at the Lawrence County Courthouse are: Sheriff Vic Hanshaw, Vurnece Jones, a former deputy county clerk and now the county clerk; and Don Hardaway, a veteran county official who has moved from the county clerk’s office and is now county treasurer.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, and children, Stevie, seven, and Dina, four, are moving to Walnut Ridge, and will be associated with the Rose Implement Co. For the past two years, Rose has been a district representative for Allis-Chalmers in the Florence, Ala., area.
Mayor B.H. Johnson of College City was sworn into office “up in the air” as he took the oath of office administered by retiring Mayor Dr. H.E. Williams as they were flying 1,700 feet over the center of College City.
60 Years Ago
Norman Harkey, newly-installed prosecuting attorney of the Third Judicial District, has announced the appointment of James F. Sloan III as deputy prosecutor for Lawrence County.
70 Years Ago
Edgar Kader Riddick died Friday night of last week in the Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Born in Greene County, he moved to Walnut Ridge after World War I and became manager of the Federal Compress. He held the position of mayor of Walnut Ridge for a period of time.
Mrs. Arch Rice has been elected president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Walnut Ridge. Others elected to office were Mrs. Bill Hennessee, Mrs. Paul Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Ora Allen, Mrs. Jewell Rose and Mrs. Pauline Hart.
75 Years Ago
Statistics released this morning by W.A. Dowell Jr., assistant chief of the Walnut Ridge Fire Department, show that in 1945 the department answered only 38 alarms. This is the smallest number of runs made by the department in at least six years. Eighteen of the fires were of a major source.
Rennard R. Cooper, aged 53, died in a Memphis hospital. He had been ill for six months with recurring heart attacks and while it was known that his condition was serious, his death came as a surprise and as a distinct shock to his family and the people of Walnut Ridge.
Mrs. Nellie Johnson announced the marriage of her daughter, Catherine, to Harris C. Gilliam, Friday, Dec. 28, 1945. The impressive double ring ceremony was performed by Elder Riley Henry at his home in Hoxie.
Von C. Mullen, who was recently discharged from the army as a staff sergeant, has established residence in Walnut Ridge and is associated with his brother, Roy Mullen, in the abstract office.
80 Years Ago
Joe D. Belk, well-known farmer of Hoxie route, is taking treatment after being bitten by a dog that had rabies. Wilfred Belk, his son, being also bitten by the dog, is being given treatment at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, where he is stationed with Co. K, l53rd Infantry.
Rudy Pickens, aged 26, died in a Newport hospital last week with peritonitis, which developed after a diseased appendix had ruptured. An operation proved futile.
Cleo Moody subscribed to The Times Dispatch for his nephew, Kenneth Guthrie, who returned this week to Oakland, Calif., where he holds a responsible position with the Carnation Milk Company.
Homer Kell, who has been employed at Camp Robinson for the past 10 weeks, has returned home and is back on duty at the blacksmith shop.