10 Years Ago

Representatives of six counties met in Walnut Ridge last Wednesday to discuss the possibility of building a regional jail. Dan Ellison, Lawrence County sheriff, organized the meeting.

Vacation Station, the Walnut Ridge School summer childcare program, held its third annual talent show at the Van Ellis Cafetorium. Winners included: Emma Richey, first, dance; Laurel Gaither, second, dance; Katie Kersey, first, vocal; Drey Hibbard, second, vocal; Elijah Richardson, first, music; and Parker Brand, second, music. Emma Richey was named the overall winner.

The Children’s Shelter Board has named Lisa Hufstedler of Bono as the new administrator of the Shelter. Hufstedler, a native of the Walnut Ridge area, will begin her duties on Sept. 7.

20 Years Ago

Ray Moseley, a member of the Lawrence County Conservation District, was awarded the Outstanding District Director of the Year Award of the East Central Area of the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts on Aug. 17 at the Annual East Central Area Meeting in Batesville.

C.J. Tate, nine-year-old son of Chris and Cindy Tate of Walnut Ridge, recently placed in three different divisions at the ATA Regional Tournament in Conway. He is a second-degree black belt.

30 Years Ago

Cheerleaders at Black Rock for the 1990-91 school year include: Vanessa Hart, Dawn Travis, Donna Smith, Heather Verkler, Laura Eagan, Donna Cagle, Dee Dee Smith and Leigh Robertson.

April Crouse, Lori Mashburn and Jessica Gaither of Hoxie have recently completed an AEGIS broadcasting program at Greene County Tech in Paragould.

Spc. Michael and Carmen Pierce spent the past month in Sedgwick with his parents, Ed and Tommie Pierce. They left Monday from St. Louis for a three-year tour in Europe.

40 Years Ago

James Sullens is the new manager of the Walnut Ridge office of the Employment Security Division. Sullens succeeds Clay Weir Jr.

Tami Dame, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dame of Walnut Ridge, became the bride of Bobby Mike Watson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby C. Watson of Hoxie on Aug. 9 at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

50 Years Ago

Two WRHS students were denied registration last week because of extremely long hairstyles, according to Supt. Van Ellis. He said the boys were later registered by Principal Ronald Fair after conferences with parents.

Grover C. Gent of Walnut Ridge has received the 32nd degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry at a one-day Midsummer Reunion.

Vernon L. Eagan of Little Rock has been promoted to the grade of Major, according to Brig. General M. B. Seligman Jr., commander of the 122nd Army Reserve Command. A former resident of Strawberry, Major Eagan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Estes Eagan of Black Rock.

60 Years Ago

J.B. Penn of Lynn won top honors in the boys’ division of electrical demonstrations at the annual meeting of the Craighead Electric Cooperative, held last Friday at Walcott State Park.

Two new buildings are being built in the business district of Walnut Ridge. They are the Employment Security Divsion on West Elm Street and Ridge Lanes, located on West Main.

George McLeod was honored last night with a bachelor party, given by Bobby Hutcherson at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Hutcherson. Mr. McLeod will claim as his bride, Miss Carolyn Harris, Saturday night at 7:30 o’clock at the First Baptist Church in her hometown, El Dorado.

70 Years Ago

Nine farmers in Lawrence County were honored for outstanding application of soil conservation principles on their farms, at an annual banquet held in Pocahontas last Friday night. They are: J.G. Benson, Pat Jansen, B.B. Vance, Joe Worlow, B.L. Myers, Chester Myers, Dr. Ralph Sloan, C.B. Carty and Roy O’Connor.

At 7:30 tonight the Walnut Ridge Bobkittens will play the Newport juniors in the season’s opener. The starting lineup for the Bobkittens is as follows: left end, Jimmy Gipson; left tackle, Jerry Gill; left guard, Joe Marlin; center, Johnny Griffith or Mitchell Odom; right guard, Jerry Gipson; right tackle, Wes Spikes; right end, Lilbourn Rogers; quarterback, Norman Hathcoat; left half, Jerry Gibson; right half, Tony Dowell; and fullback, Billy Burns Fisher.

75 Years Ago

Mrs. Ruth D. Markley of Walnut Ridge was advised by telegram last Friday that her husband, Lt. Len Markley, was killed in action April 9, 1945. Lt. Markley, who was an instructor at the air base in Walnut Ridge prior to an assignment to combat duty in Italy, wrote to his wife on April 8 that he would make his first combat mission the following day.

Pfc. Glen Hardin, son of Christopher Hardin of Strawberry, was released from a Japanese prison camp, it was reported by the War Department Monday. Hardin was liberated by Americans from camp No. 7 in the Nagoya district of Japan proper.

Sgt. Bill Duty, son of E. Duty of near Walnut Ridge, has returned home. He had been in France with combat troops under General Eisenhower.

Misses Carolyn Sloan and Memory Lee Bland left at noon today for St. Charles, Mo., where they will enroll in Lindenwood College for the term. The girls will spend tonight in St. Louis, guests of Carolyn’s aunt, Mrs. W.E. Boughnou and family, and go to St. Charles tomorrow morning.

Pfc. Paul M. Bounds has written his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Bounds of Portia, that he recently met up with Pfc. Johnnie Rasdon of Hoxie and that they had an enjoyable visit. Both men are with occupational forces in Germany.

80 Years Ago

Governor Carl E. Bailey announced in Little Rock Monday that he had appointed W.E. Archer circuit clerk and recorder for Lawrence County to serve the unexpired term of the late Floyd Pickett.

Members of the Marvin Watson Post of the American Legion will have J.H. Myers as commander for the 1941 Legion year. Other officers elected were: Dr. J.L. Merrell, judge advocate; J.J. Sharum, athletic officer; Dr. J.C. Land, post surgeon; A.B. Glover, child welfare chairman; E.A. Glass, membership chairman; Roy Coffman, Americanism chairman; James L. Bland, publicity chairman; E.K. Riddick, employment chairman.

Mary Courtney, 10-year-old child of the Fender community, was bitten by a rattlesnake Sunday. She was immediately brought to Walnut Ridge, where prompt medical aid was given. She is expected to recover.

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