10 Years Ago

Dalton Henson, a junior at Hoxie High School, was named to the 2011 All-State Jazz Band recently. Auditions were held in Conway, and Henson made first chair in the first All-State Jazz Band. He plays bass trombone.

The Sloan-Hendrix Junior Quiz Bowl Team won the district tournament at Izard County Consolidated. Team members are: Zachary Taylor, Ivory Wells, Patrick Ponder, Koby Ball, Christian Capps, Austin Morris, Christian Holland, Eric Hill, Jesse Hufstedler, Joseph Helms, Kaitlin Briner and Evelyn Taylor. All-tournament honors were presented to Hill and Hufstedler, and Hill was selected as the tournament MVP.

Black Rock’s Tyler Newell scored the game’s final four points as the Zebras outlasted the Bay Yellowjackets 74-70 in the finals of the 1A-3 East District Basketball Tournament Saturday night at Black Rock. Joe Paul Carey led Black Rock with 19 points, while Sam Clem tallied 18. Newell, Roby and Khris Foster each finished with 11 points.

20 Years Ago

Chance Weeks, Walnut Ridge eighth-grader, was the overall winner in the Lawrence County Spelling Bee held Tuesday at the Hoxie Service Center.

Longtime Walnut Ridge attorney and judge Harry Lee Ponder was honored with a 90th birthday party Saturday evening at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. The party was hosted by his daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Jimmy Snapp of Walnut Ridge, and his son, Hal Ponder of Manila, the Philippines.

W.E. and Margaret Fisher celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December with a small dinner party given by their children. The couple was married on Dec. 18, 1950, in Hernando, Miss. They have lived most of their married life in Walnut Ridge.

The River Valley junior boys basketball team of Strawberry received the 2A East Junior High District runner-up trophy and were declared conference champs with a record of 20-9.

The Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds won their division of the 2A-East senior high district basketball tournament on Saturday at Black Rock. Team members are: Nicole Starr, Tara Wilson, Bridget Bridges, Chelsea Tate, Amber Snyder, Brittany Foley, Kristy Wilkins, Lindsay Thomison, Kristina Stephens, Jessica O’Quinn, Tara Walker, Maranda Forrester, Kayla Caldwell, Shelby Jines, Felecia Baldridge, Gretchen Smith and Trisha Forrest. They are coached by Jennifer Brady.

The River Valley Rangers won their division of the 2A-East senior high district basketball tournament on Saturday at Black Rock. The team includes: Zach Dickison, Eric Johnson, Thomas Polston, Zach Witt, Chris Polston, Shaun Milde, Joe Sullivan, Brice Howard, Tim Wilson, Jared Jones, Greg Parsley, Matt Cook, Adam Huskey, Trey Highfield, Dustin Bagwell and Courtney Durham. Their coach is Shawn Rose. Zach Witt led all scoring in the game with 41 points, hitting 11 of 12 free throws and making six three pointers.

30 Years Ago

Lauren Turnbow was the first place winner in the 13-year-old division of a basketball skills contest in Jonesboro Saturday.

Brent Smith, Jason Johnson, Crystal Doyle and Gayla Doyle, Strawberry junior high students, were named to the All-District basketball team.

Lawrence County students who were winners in the valentine art contest sponsored by the Powhatan Museum were: Travis Mans, Emily Russell, Pasha Moore, Cindy Sorrels, Amber McKenzie, Kristy Richmond, Heather McDonald, DeRhonda DeMastes, Steve Russell, John Duckworth and Chris Graves.

40 Years Ago

Candidates in the Queen of Hearts contest being sponsored by the Walnut Ridge Jaycettes are: Melody Holland, a student at Black Rock High School; Rhonda Maxwell, a student at Clover Bend High School; and Shalene Hon, a student at Walnut Ridge High School.

Elizabeth Potter of Walnut Ridge is among 45 Arkansas Tech University students who have been named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Beth is a junior math major.

First place winners in the Walnut Ridge School Science Fair include: high school Diane Hawk, overall award; Tim Choat, Ron Felts, Tony Lane, Joby Caspall, Kelly Gillham, Cindy Wheeless and Amanda Berry. Middle school winners are: Jeff Hollister, Valerie Eskridge, Lee Ann Edmondson, Lance Ballard, John Phillips, Stephanie Dilday, Britt Scheer, Ann Blagg, Kelly Wade, Stephanie Anderson and Laura Dixon.

50 Years Ago

Demolition of the passenger depot at Hoxie is virtually completed. Hoxie was once served by 24 to 26 passenger trains per day, and now the only one which passes through Lawrence County is a one-car passenger train.

Six band students from Walnut Ridge High were named to the All-State Band. They are: Mike Causey, Daniel Midkiff, Claude Smith, Rhonda Smith, Sam Ponder and Phillip Midkiff.

Several WRHS students have been serving as pages in the General Assembly in Little Rock. Angie Taylor and Karen Kellim served Tuesday and Wednesday of last week and were accompanied by Mrs. James Taylor. At the capitol Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week were Norman Neece and Stephen Meadors, who were accompanied by Mrs. James Meadors. Darla Tolson, Cindy Tillman, Jane Moore and Kathy Hawn were to serve today and Friday and were accompanied by Mrs. Bud Tolson.

60 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Justus of Smithville celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Semester honor list at WRHS: 12th grade, Ronnie Bartlett, Harry Hyslop, Richard Johnson, David Land, David McNutt, Sara Hatcher, Mella Looney, Harold Craig, Anthony McGonigal, Lonny Moore, Richard Taylor, Billy Walker, Barbara Arnold, Shirley Johnson and Ramona Simmons.

Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Moore observed their 50th wedding anniversary.

75 Years Ago

James F. Sloan of Black Rock and James L. Bland of Walnut Ridge were two members of a 34-man committee appointed Saturday by Gov. Ben Laney to assist him in seeing ways to give the state a better system of roads.

Harry L. Ponder Jr. of Walnut Ridge has announced that he will not be a candidate for reelection to the office of prosecuting attorney in the 1946 election.

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