10 Years Ago

FEMA awarded more than $320,000 in assistance to Lawrence County residents who were victims of the recent flooding.

Beth Massey and Dallin Ginn were named as the recipients of the 2011 W.R. Glenn Award at the Walnut Ridge School Athletic Department Banquet. The award represents student achievement, leadership, athletic ability, dependability and honesty.

Joshua Shaw, a junior at Hillcrest High School, has been selected to attend the 2011 SAME/Seabees Engineering and Construction Camp later this summer in Port Hueneme, Calif. The camp is for high school students interested in pursuing a degree in engineering or associated fields.

Dalesha Johnson and Jason Harper represented Black Rock High School at Boys and Girls State held recently at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Representing Hoxie School at the State Track and Field Special Olympics at Harding University in Searcy were Sammie Brown, April Holder, Polly Gosha, Nora Gosha, Cera Dawson, Charles Juarez, Dale Nobles, Mitchell Smith and Jessica McQuay.

20 Years Ago

The seventh class of the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program has been selected and will begin in the fall. Members of Class VII are: Black Rock – Veronica Campbell, Raven Lawson and Allison Marie Smith; Hoxie – LeAnne Foley, Derek Hancock and Christie Munn; Lynn – Brandie DeJarnette, Rachel Lane and Clay Phillips; River Valley – Meagan Brown, Sarah Hatley and Jared Jones; Sloan-Hendrix – Bridget Bridges, Jeffery McMullin and Samantha Mitchell; Walnut Ridge – Kristie Brand, Andrea Cavenaugh and Amy Freeman.

Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center has been selected CQI Home of the Year for 2000 for Arkansas.

Raven Lawson of Powhatan has been selected to attend the AEGIS program, Project Wet ‘n’ Wild. Raven will be a junior at Black Rock High School next year.

A school bus is the newest addition to the Clover Bend Resettlement Museum, located at the former Clover Bend School. Hoxie School donated the bus to the museum, and The Brushes Paint and Sign Shop donated the lettering.

Jennifer Penn of Pocahontas, a student at Arkansas State University, has been named an All-American Collegiate Scholar. She is the daughter of Joe Penn of Portia and Pam Penn of Pocahontas.

30 Years Ago

Walnut Ridge Lions Club officers for the 1991-92 year are Charles Bratcher, Rhonda Smith, Junior Briner, Ralph Clark, Marcy Harrell, Mike Wallin and Robert Walker.

Gwen Green, Hoxie High School valedictorian, is the recipient of a $1,000 Shelter Insurance Scholarship presented by Danny Gibson.

40 Years Ago

Clay Sloan, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Sloan III of Walnut Ridge, graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas College in Batesville. In 1881, Clay’s great-grandfather, Clay Sloan, graduated from Arkansas College. At this year’s commencement, Sloan was presented the John D. Spragins Award, which is given annually to the senior who best represents the qualities expressed in the aims of the college.

Danny Manning, aged 39, of Walnut Ridge, a farmer and former city alderman, died suddenly last Wednesday afternoon while working in his rice field on Highway 91 south. He apparently suffered a heart attack.

Rev. Frank Shell has announced his resignation from the First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge. Sunday will be his last day at the church where he has been pastor for about four years.

50 Years Ago

Henry M. Rainwater, local jeweler, has been elected a delegate to the 1972 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was one of six delegates elected Tuesday at the North Arkansas Conference of the church in Fayetteville.

Walnut Ridge City Council met last night amid interruptions of thunderstorms, failing electricity and fire alarms. Jimmy Snapp of the Lawrence County Development Commission spoke to the council about a solid waste garbage disposal system for Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County. Mr. Snapp noted that after investigation by his committee and the Beautification Committee, it was determined that the local disposal system was less than adequate.

Jill Allison, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Alvin Allison of Walnut Ridge, and David Humble, son of Rev. and Mrs. Earl R. Humble of College City, have been named Walnut Ridge Teenage Drivers of the Month of June.

Mrs. Randall Holder, elementary school principal at Hoxie, has named the following sixth-grade students for scholastic abilities: Miles Johnson, Linda Morris, Donna Johnson, Kathryn Mans, Bobby Shackelford, David Marlin, Keith Robins, Pamela Arnold, Karen Parsons, Gary Simmons, Leslee Phillips and Brenda Maxie.

Best citizens were chosen from 82 sixth graders who were promoted from Hoxie Elementary School Tuesday night. They were: David Madden, Bobby Shackelford, Jackie Cruse, John Jenkins, Kathryn Mans, Stan Benton, David Marlin, Karen Parsons, Gary Simmons, Kaye Smith, Brenda Maxie, Stephen Brown and Leslee Phillips.

70 Years Ago

Citizens of Black Rock presented School Superintendent K.E. Vance with a life membership in the Arkansas Education Association at commencement exercises.

Thurlo Davis and Mrs. Edna McCollum of the local PCA office attended a conference in Newport Friday afternoon.

Mrs. P.H. Woodyard left Tuesday night for Dallas to buy merchandise for the Van Alta Dress Shop in this city.

75 Years Ago

The Alicia Public School graduated a class of 13 from the eighth grade early this month. Delena Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith, was valedictorian, and Geneva Reed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Reed, was salutatorian.

Bernard Matthews, veteran of the recent war and who, with his wife and baby, lives on West Third Street, has accepted a position with The Times Dispatch.

80 Years Ago

Donkey softball will be played on Sexton Field Monday night with the following participating: Karl Maloy, J.L. Bland, Everette Burrow, F.G. Grimes, A.W. Rainwater, W.E. Archer, Frank Andrews, John Carter, Arch Rice, Bob Warner, W.T. Altman, J.E. Young, J.J. Sharum, C.W. Webb, E.L. Moore, E.K. Riddick, Everette Dodd and M.C. McLeod. G.E. Henry will umpire the game.

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Parrish of Little Rock have been guests of their daughter, Mrs. H.L. Ponder Jr., and family here this week.

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