10 Years Ago

Former State Rep. Don House formally announced his candidacy for mayor of Walnut Ridge.

Alan Haskins has resigned as Walnut Ridge Fire Chief and has accepted a job as fire science director/instructor at Black River Technical College. Haskins began working as a fireman for the fire department in 1993 and has headed the department as chief for the past three-and-a-half years.

Phil Simmons of Walnut Ridge has retired from CenterPoint Energy (formerly known as Arkla) after 38 years with the company. A 1965 graduate of WRHS, Simmons began his career at Arkla in 1972. He worked in construction during his first 25 years with the company and served the remainder of his time as lead technician.

20 Years Ago

The 2000 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year is the McFadden family of Imboden. Randy and Karna McFadden and their childen, Wade and Jessica, live off Highway 115, just south of Imboden, where they raise poultry and cattle.

Jason Belcher of Walnut Ridge was selected to the All-America First Team by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association. This was the second year as an All-America selection for Belcher, a catcher for the baseball Bobcats.

The historic Randolph County Courthouse in Pocahontas was the setting for the July 1 wedding of Stacy Leann Randall and Joe Alan Fisher. The couple resides in Walnut Ridge after a honeymoon trip to Branson.

Wild Things, a softball team comprised of girls ages 16 and under, will go to a national tournament in Tupelo, Miss., Aug. 3-6. The team has been together for approximately six years. It has players from Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and the Jonesboro area. Players attending will be: Tiffany Smith, Kristen Myers, Jodi Kopp, Krystan Dorton, Brianna Segraves, Jill Tate, Cortney Goodwin, Brittany Smith, Lindsey Jones, Stephanie Crain and Dawn Elkins. Coaches are Joe Kopp, Rick Myers and Nathan Romine.

The senior high school cheerleaders from Hoxie High School won seven awards at a cheerleading camp help recently in Jonesboro. Cheerleaders attending were: Jenine Privett, Kim Burnside, Catherine Grier, Brianna Segraves, Jodi Kopp, Jill Tate, Shannon Burnside, Tosha Brumley, Lindsey Coats and Kelli Cook. They won four blue ribbons, one red ribbon, a trophy for Most Improved Squad and a Spirit Stick. Privett also won the Leadership Award for the entire camp. Their sponsors are Misty Cook and Teresa Campbell.

30 Years Ago

The Roger Tinsley family of Lauratown is the 1990 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year. Roger and Peggy have two children, Robyn and Ben.

Construction is to start in the next few days on the new Lynn Greene’s Big Star. The new building will be located on Highway 67 South, on part of the former Federal Compress property.

Three local youths, Matt Phillips, Wes Pierce and Hunter Burris, were selected to compete on the Crowley’s Ridge North All-Star baseball team.

40 Years Ago

The Federal Compress and Warehouse Company in Walnut Ridge will no longer be the “compress.” Instead it will become a gigantic warehouse operated by Federal’s Leasing Department. Four companies are already leasing space in the building.

Debbie Hunter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hunter, and Jayme Caspall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Caspall, attended a leadership training workshop at Camp Couchdale, near Hot Springs. Both sophomores represented the WRHS Student Council at the regional workshop for southern high schools.

Winning top awards at the District 4-H O-Rama were Roger Helms, junior 4-H member of Smithville, and Darlene Hall, junior 4-H member of Black Rock.

50 Years Ago

Fifteen Walnut Ridge High students left Saturday for a two-week session of the Arkansas Tech Band Camp at Russellville. Students attending are: David Combs, Leigh Riddick, Mike Causey, Sam Ponder, David Humble, Claude Smith, Ralph Joseph II, Bobby Cathcart, Phillip Midkiff, Daniel Midkiff, Paula Boyce, Jackie Jones, Marilyn Dunham, Sandra Marlin and Pam Sullivan. They were accompanied by Arlin Jones, WRHS band director, who is serving as publicity director at the camp.

Lawrence Nichols, L.D. Wilson, Ed Dust, Rogers Wills and Roy Maddox represented the local Kiwanis in an interclub visit to the Pocahontas Kiwanis Club.

60 Years Ago

Over 200 American Legion junior baseball players, coaches and officials will gather in Walnut Ridge for the opening of the state tournament at the Walnut Ridge baseball field.

First Lt. David L. Doyle of Clover Bend suffered a broken leg and superficial cuts and bruises, when an Army Ll9 aircraft he was piloting, crashed near Fulda, Germany.

Bill Henry, fire chief of the Walnut Ridge Fire Department, was appointed Safety Committee Chairman of the Walnut Ridge area by D.E. Wimberly, general chairman of the Northeast Arkansas Safety Council.

70 Years Ago

Jess Goodrum, widely known leader in Masonic circles in this section, has been elected and installed as worshipful master of Black Rock Lodge No. 476. He has previously served in this capacity. Other officers installed include Ralph Clark, Leland Aaron, P.W. Townsend, Leroy Clark, C.C. Weir, Charles Phillips, J.B. Higginbottom and Charles Stinnett.

One of the first combat soldiers from Lawrence County to be returned from the Korean battlefields is Technical Sergeant Ray Grigsby of Walnut Ridge and Alicia. Grigsby was flown from the Korean front to the United States and is a patient in a Denver, Colo., hospital.

75 Years Ago

Sebastian Augustus Spades,73, mayor of Black Rock and an outstanding citizen of Lawrence County for 50 years, died at his home in Black Rock Tuesday.

Aurora Lodge No. 423, Masonic, installed newly elected officers at an installation service Tuesday night. Paul Kirkpatrick is worshipful master. Others installed were: H.A. McCollum, John Poindexter, Creed Hawk, Raymond Powers, Harry Adams, Grover Gent, Van McCullough, Marlin Wilcoxson and John Aldridge.

Leo Robert of Minturn was so overjoyed when he landed a six-pound big mouth bass at Tucker Bay last Sunday that he called in all the people on the bay and some of the residents to verify his catch. Robert caught the fish, a record for this year in Lawrence County, on a plug.

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