10 Years Ago

Autumn Nicole Simpkins, 16-year-old daughter of John and Laura Simpkins of Walnut Ridge, was crowned Miss Lawrence County on Saturday night. She is a student at Hoxie High School.

Dorothy Zalaker Willmuth of Agawam, Mass., formerly of Walnut Ridge, was presented with the 2010 Founders Award by the Arkansas Historic Wine Museum in Paris, Ark. Willmuth’s mother, Mary Zalaker, owned and operated a federally-bonded winery, #112, in Walnut Ridge from the early 1930s until the sale of alcohol in Lawrence County was voted out in 1943.

The Sloan-Hendrix School District’s music building was damaged by fire last Thursday. The fire apparently started and did the most damage in the northwest corner of the building. Fire departments from Imboden and Ravenden were quick to respond, and put the fire out quickly.

Brett Cooper has returned to Walnut Ridge after spending 10 days in the nation of Kazakhstan. He was one of six team members from Arkansas who traveled to the central Asian country in July to teach conversational English. Cooper serves as vice president for college relations at Williams Baptist College. The team was organized by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and they taught at the Baptist church in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan.

20 Years Ago

The mayors and city councils of Walnut Ridge and College City met together in special session on Monday afternoon and agreed that both towns would benefit if they merged together as one. It will now be up to the citizens to decide the issue, and an election could be held as early as November.

Joe Hicks got a surprise when he returned home from vacation on Aug. 6 and found a replica of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon’s race car in his front yard. Three of his friends, Danny West, David Looney and Rob Defries, obtained the 1988 Buick from a salvage yard, painted it in authentic colors, put decals on it and towed it to the Hicks’ house on Highway 91 as a practical joke.

Andrea Allen of Walnut Ridge, an agriculture assistant to Sen. Tim Hutchinson, was one of 24 Arkansas delegates to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia from July 29-Aug. 5.

Pearlie Reed, chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) from Washington, D.C., was the keynote speaker and honored guest at the Lawrence County Conservation District’s annual meeting on Thursday. Reed began his career with NRCS as a student trainee at the Walnut Ridge office 32 years ago.

David, Jennifer and Andrew Smith of Walnut Ridge have won the Goodyear/National Association of Conservation Districts Award for Lawrence County. The award was presented at the Lawrence County Conservation District’s Annual Meeting Thursday.

30 Years Ago

When classes begin Thursday, Aug. 30, in College City, students will no longer say they attend classes at SBC. Southern Baptist College will begin the new fall term as Williams Baptist College.

Cristy Whitmire, Danna Scott and Marsha King, all Hoxie students, were among 29 Northeast Arkansas students who participated in the Medical Applications of Science and Health Program at the Area Health Education Center in Jonesboro.

40 Years Ago

As the result of a protest lodged by Hoxie Mayor J.M. Johnson and a Census Bureau error, the final census report for Hoxie is much higher than announced. For the same reason, Walnut Ridge’s count is slightly lower. The unofficial population figure for Hoxie is 3,000. The final figure for Walnut Ridge is 4,056.

Winners in the summer reading program at the Lawrence County Library include Alan West of Hoxie, Gwen Green of Hoxie and Andrea Allen of Walnut Ridge.

50 Years Ago

Robin Watson of Hoxie defeated Mrs. Joel Finley 3 and 2 to win the first flight of the Arkansas Women’s State Golf Association championship.

The Walnut Ridge Cardinals (11 and 12 years) have won three championships this summer. Team members are: Jim Sellers, Steve Shrable, Ronnie Fender, Rocky Singleton, David Ponder, Gerald Fielder, Steve Engelken, Troy LaCoss, Mark Stuart, John Cathcart, Stan Daniel, Keith Fisher and Jonathan Cude. Chuck McNeal is the team coach.

60 Years Ago

Coach W.R. Glenn was pleasantly surprised Sunday afternoon when local baseball fans presented him with a cash gift of $200 in appreciation for his fine effort as director of the local summer baseball program. Mayor Russell Snapp made the presentation.

Spec. 1C Teddy C. Edwards, aged 17, of Hoxie, was killed last Wednesday, August 3, when an artillery shell exploded prematurely during Army training exercises in Seoul, Korea. He enlisted in the Army when he was 15. He would have been 18 on August 4.

Curtis Young of Black Rock, 1959-60 basketball ace for the Black Rock Zebras, is in training at Little Rock for the High School All-Star game, which will be played at Barton Coliseum this Saturday afternoon.

Doris Hoffman, Cynthia England, Susie Wilcoxson and Martha Moseley left early Friday morning for a week’s vacation trip to Florida.

70 Years Ago

Announcement was made by Supt. A.W. Rainwater that W.R. Glenn has accepted a position as instructor at Walnut Ridge High School. Glenn, who produced highly successful basketball teams at Lynn and Clover Bend over a two-year period, will teach Social Science and probably coach some basketball.

Fred Mitchell, retired local merchant, died early Tuesday morning at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. He was 70 years of age and had lived in Lawrence County for the past 61 years.

W.A. “Happy” Matthews will leave today for Chicago, where he will represent the Walnut Ridge VFW Post at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which begins next Monday. Happy will make the trip in a “T” model touring car, purchased locally by the VFW and painted from top to bottom with various signs. The car will be the oldest in the parade next week.

Clay Weir Jr. was recently installed at a dinner meeting of the Hoxie Lions Club, as president of that group.

75 Years Ago

W.H. Holder, aged 39, of Hoxie was among 26 persons injured when a truck and bus collided on a highway near Camden Monday morning. Mr. Holder was employed as a guard for the National Fireworks Company and lived in barracks at the company’s plant near Camden.

Sgt. Zander Devoe Bilbrey, 28, of Black Rock was killed in the crash of an army airplane about 10 miles from McAlester, Okla., Monday morning. The plane was on a flight from Elgin Field, Fla., where Sergeant Bilbrey was stationed.

Private First Class Harold R. Moore of the Marines has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy in the battle of Okinawa. He was wounded on the 12th day of May. Pfc. Moore is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Royal Moore of Walnut Ridge.

80 Years Ago

Supt. A.W. Rainwater was in receipt of a letter yesterday from Coach Van

Ellis, who is spending the summer at his home in Lonoke, advising that he would attend the first All-Arkansas coaching school to be held in Little Rock and that he would arrive in Walnut Ridge on Sept. 1 to begin preparing for the opening of school and to begin working with the football squad.

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