10 Years Ago

Black Rock High School softball players Megan Jones and Shelby Simpson were named All-Conference for the 2010 season.

The Lawrence County Amateur Radio Club presented a plaque of appreciation to Roger Duckworth, Stan Duckworth, Paula Decker and Marie Gates, in recognition of their father’s contribution to the amateur radio club. Carl Duckworth was a founding member of the club and was instrumental in its beginning.

The Lawrence County 4-H Program held a three-day Summer Day Camp at Lake Charles State Park with the emphasis on “Safety and Health.” The sessions were attended by 32 youth ages seven to 11 from Lawrence County, as well as Greene and Sharp counties.

20 Years Ago

The Times Dispatch won three awards in the 2000 Arkansas Press Association Better Newspaper News-Editorial Congest. The TD won third place in features page among all Arkansas weeklies. The paper also received merit awards for page one content among larger weeklies and community coverage among all weeklies.

Two girls from Hoxie, Amanda Robinett, a Senior Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, and Jessica Fry, a Cadette Scout, were selected by the Crowley’s Ridge Girl Scout Council for a trip to Washington, D. C. Lou Robinett, Senior Scout leader, was chosen to lead the group of 14 Northeast Arkansas Girl Scouts.

Freda Hicks of Walnut Ridge was recently in the spotlight for her chicken and dumplings. Little Rock’s Channel 7 received a letter from her granddaughter, Simone Hagar Leatherberry of Cabot, stating “My Granny makes the best chicken and dumplings I have ever tasted.” Channel 7 invited Freda to prepare her chicken and dumplings live on their morning show hosted by Joan Early and Steve Powell.

Walnut Ridge High School Student Council leaders Ashley Little, Lindsey Jones, Sarah Wilcoxson and their advisor, Coni Davis, attended the 2000 National Association of Student Councils National Conference held recently at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif.

Jonathan Wichman, an eighth-grader at Walnut Ridge School, was one of over 5,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisors, alumni and guests attending the 2000 National Leadership Meeting in Orlando, Fla., July 6-13.

Ginger Clem of Strawberry has been named to the University of Arkansas School of Law Dean’s Honor Roll list for the spring semester. Clem is a third-year law student and a recent graduate of the law school.

30 Years Ago

Kay Ann Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Talmadge Graham, has been selected to serve the Walnut Ridge High School Band as drum major for the 1990-91 school year.

On Sunday, Rev. and Mrs. Howard Pankey were honored with a potluck dinner at First Baptist Church in Hoxie. Pankey recently announced his resignation to become camp director of Cedar Glade Baptist Camp, near Imboden.

A group from the First Baptist Church returned Friday night after a week at Ridgecrest, N.C. The youth who spent the week at Ridgecrest were: Joey Cooper, Brett Cox, Chad Cox, David Sanders, Chris Kirksey, Rebecca Startup, Rachael Startup, Mary Mullen, Jessica Coker and Amanda Warden. Kenneth and Alice Startup, Jackie Cox and Glenn Smith were the counselors, and Velma Allison and Gayla Warden attended the conference as cooks for the week.

40 Years Ago

Heat facts: 108 degrees on July 13, highest mark in history. July 23 was the 29th day with no rain. Eighteen days of 100 degrees or more so far in July – an all-time high number. Six heat-related deaths in Lawrence County this month.

Allen Weir of Walnut Ridge, 16-year-old shortstop for the Pocahontas American Legion baseball team, was chosen as the AA All-District and All-Tournament shortstop recently in the District AA tournament held at the Newport Legion Field.

The 1980 WRHS majorettes include: Keri Carson, Amanda Berry, Debbie Hunter, Jennifer Goings and Kay Lynn Brand. They attended majorette camp at ASU recently.

50 Years Ago

At the annual meeting of the County Development Council, Jim Snapp was re-elected president.

Hoxie High cheerleaders for the coming school year are: Diane Walter, Mona Prater, Jean Ann Phillips, Pam Harris, Vicki Wicker (captain), and Barbara Spargo (co-captain).

Abbie Bush, Becky Cude, Debbie Henry, Cindy Tillman, Phillip Tolson, and Mary Margaret Tolson, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hughes, attended a Baptist encampment at Siloam Springs last week.

Swimming instructors assisting in the various swimming instruction programs conducted by the American Red Cross at the city pool are: Melissa Wilcoxson, Kathy Hawn, Anne Williams, Kathy Trentham, Vicki Bennett and Steve Meadors.

60 Years Ago

W. Harold Willard will soon be ordained to the ministry and installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Wayne Glenn has opened his office on Highway 67 North.

Three local boys departed Jonesboro to attend the 50th Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs. They are James Hart, Jimmy Fisher and Dane Sloan.

70 Years Ago

John Wallace Gardner of Strawberry died in Allen’s Hospital at Batesville at 9:30 o’clock last Friday night, a few hours after he leaped from a burning tractor.

By far the most surprised person at the candidate’s speaking at Hoxie last night was Harry (Pop) Hilburn. County Clerk Frank Andrews’ announcement that he was withdrawing from his race for re-election left Mr. Hilburn unopposed in his first bid for office.

Jack Blevins landed a blue catfish, weighing 90 pounds, out of Black River below Powhatan last Friday. It is one of the all-time record catches of fresh-water fish in this country.

Lefty George Pickett of Walnut Ridge established a Northeast Arkansas League record of 20 strikeouts in coasting to an 11-3 victory over the Jonesboro Tigers at Legion Park in Jonesboro last Thursday.

Fifteen members of the local Boy Scout troop, accompanied by Scoutmaster Henry Rainwater and assistant scoutmaster Oral Mays, left Sunday for a week’s encampment at Camp Cedar Valley near Hardy.

75 Years Ago

Harry L. Ponder Jr. of Walnut Ridge was elected vice-chairman of the 8th Chancery Bar Association at the annual meeting held at Hardy Thursday of last week. Lawrence County was represented at the meeting by the following attorneys: Mr. Ponder, D. Leonard Lingo, W.A. Cunningham, W.P. Smith, E.H. Tharp, R.C. Waldron and O.C. Blackford.

Major Julian Beakley, who is on the staff of Adjutant General’s School will move with the entire staff from Camp Lee, Va., to Fort Oglethorp, Ga.

80 Years Ago

The annual picnic of the Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women’s Club was held at Current River Beach last Thursday evening with 40 members, guests and husbands present. Misses Mary Mabel Johnson and Amy Woolwine and Mrs. Mabel Hill were in charge of arrangements.

Mr. and Mrs. H.F. May visited relatives at Forrest City Sunday. They were accompanied by Misses Beulah and Vinita Adams, who visited Mr. and Mrs. Rex Owens at Marianna. Miss Beulah remained in Marianna through this week.

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