10 Years Ago
Mike Montgomery, owner of Goin’ Postal in Walnut Ridge, was recently elected to serve as chairman for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.
James P. (Jim) Cunningham, a resident of Carrollton, Ga., and a 1971 graduate of WRHS, recently released a novel titled “Somerset.” The novel, which draws from Cunningham’s background and professional career, is initially set in Northeast Arkansas, but also encompasses elements of Capitol Hill and South America. He is the son of the late Judge P.S. (Percy) and Barbara Cunningham, whose families were longtime residents of the area.
Floyd’s Body Shop recently painted Nascar driver Mark Martin’s car, which will be displayed in the Martin Ford Museum in Batesville. Floyd’s Body Shop owner Randy Floyd painted the car, and Floyd’s son, Jeff, owner of JFR Graphics, along with Chris Dunegan, decorated the car with advertising graphics.
Ashley Baker scored 22 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats to a 69-34 rout over Cross County in senior girls basketball action on Jan. 3 at Walnut Ridge’s Sharum Gymnasium.
20 Years Ago
New officers were elected at the Jan. 3 board meeting of the Walnut Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce. Ross Rainwater of Regions Bank was elected chairman of the board; Lee Gentry of Lawrence Health Services, chairman-elect; Larry Singleton of Farm Service, Inc., vice chairman; and Gail Clark of the Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service, past chairman. Brett Cooper of Williams Baptist College was appointed to the executive committee.
At the recent National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Clifford Rorex of Imboden received the American FFA Degree, the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization. Rorex was one of 13 Arkansas members to receive the degree.
Arkansas State University students recently initiated into social sororities were: Jennifer Penn of Pocahontas, Alpha Gamma Delta; Natalie Golden and Christy Taylor of Walnut Ridge were both initiated into Alpha Omicron Pi.
Basketball homecoming will be celebrated Friday at Walnut Ridge High School, and royalty have been announced. They are: Cassie Porter, queen, Holli Parker, senior maid; Heather Prater, maid of honor; Erin Kennimer, junior maid; Andrea Cavenaugh, sophomore maid; and Shelley Wilcoxson, freshman maid. Pages are Anna Bland and Payton Poole. Sweetheart royalty includes: Blake Jones, king; Ryan Manning, knight of honor; Ty Callahan, senior knight; Eddie Clopp, junior knight; Brett Witcher, sophomore knight; and Zachary Davis, freshman knight. Pages are Jessi Wilcoxson and Tyler Dillport. The Sweetheart Royalty will be presented Thursday night at Sharum Gymnasium.
30 Years Ago
Kenny Allen, State Farm Insurance agent, has been elected president of the Walnut Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Earl Highfield received a plaque upon his retirement as superintendent of Lake Charles State Park.
Mr. and Mrs. William “Pete” Ward of Walnut Ridge will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday with a reception at the Hoxie Service Center.
40 Years Ago
Monday night Lawrence Memorial Hospital had 48 patients and 48 beds, or full occupancy. Lawrence Hall Nursing Home has more than an average number of patients with flu. Last year visitors weren’t allowed to visit Lawrence Hall for about a month because of a flu outbreak.
After months and months of trying to determine the fate of the Lawrence County EMS, the Quorum Court voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to turn the service over to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Lady are the parents of a son born Dec. 30 at Craighead Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Harold Lloyd Lady IV weighed eight pounds, five ounces. He has a three-year-old sister, Laura. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Harden and Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Lady Jr. are the grandparents.
50 Years Ago
Friday of this week is the last day on the job for Jack Gipson, executive director of the Lawrence County Agricultural and Conservation Service.
Mayor O’Neal Kellim became the city’s chief executive officer last Saturday when he and other officers took the oath of office.
Vernon Shafer, manager of the Van-Atkins Store here for the past nine years, resigned to go into business for himself in Heber Springs. He purchased Faust Department Store there.
Census figures show that Lawrence County lost 937 people during the last decade.
Miss Mary Jane Sturch and Harold Kerry Callahan will say their wedding vows Saturday night in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church with Rev. James Meadors officiating.
60 Years Ago
Ida Boyce was installed as Worthy Matron of Rainbow Chapter 304 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Hoxie’s new city fathers took the oath of office. H.V. Pratt, mayor; Mrs. Betty Welch, recorder; Luther Layne, marshal; David Harris, treasurer; and Warren B. Smith, Lawrence Mayland, Danny Kopp, Eddie Gardner and Jimmy Doyle, aldermen.
70 Years Ago
Mrs. Truman Cole was given special recognition for attending every meeting this year of the Eaton Home Demonstration Club.
Lendon Allison and Charlie Trentham, who have joined the Army Air Force, have left Little Rock for San Antonio, Texas, where they will be stationed.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bratcher came to Walnut Ridge last weekend to be with the E.K. Riddick family. Mr. Bratcher, manager of the Federal Compress at Clarksdale, Miss., began his career with Mr. Riddick at the local plant.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Miller and Mrs. Walter Porter spent Wednesday in Moody, Mo., where they were the guests of their parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Miller and Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Brummitt.
75 Years Ago
R.S. Rainwater of Imboden, prominent businessman and public figure, last week purchased majority holdings of the capital stock of the Citizen’s Bank of Smithville, acquiring 52 percent of the stock through purchase of shares owned by Mrs. J.M. Street, president, Eagle Street and Luke Johnston, cashier.
Julian Beakley, who recently concluded five years of service, dating from December 1940, was advised during Christmas of his promotion from the rank of major to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Colonel Beakley was a captain when America began mobilizing in December 1940 and took the local company of National Guards to Alaska.
Lt. J.T. Williams left Walnut Ridge Monday for the naval air station at Corpus Christi, Texas, following a holiday visit in Walnut Ridge with his mother and other relatives. The naval pilot expects to be discharged within the next few weeks.
80 Years Ago
Harry Ponder Jr. was sworn in Wednesday as prosecuting attorney for this district when he was administered the oath of office by Chancellor A.S. Irby.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rainey, and baby, Patsy Jane, of Magnolia, reached Walnut Ridge Tuesday of last week and remained until Sunday as guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Rainey.
W.O. Sexton and W.E. Spikes left by train Monday for New Orleans to attend the midwinter sports carnival and saw the football game played between the University of Tennessee and Boston College.
Mr. and Mrs. James Kearby of Neeleyville, Mo., returned to their home in that city Sunday following a visit here with Mr. Kearby’s brother, Robert Kearby, and family several days last week.