10 Years Ago
First-day school enrollment saw an increase in Lawrence County in 2010, with a countywide total of 3,193 students. The total is up 91 students from last year. Sloan-Hendrix saw a major increase, mainly due to an influx of students from the former Twin Rivers School District. The Lawrence County School District reported a total increase of 26 students on its two campuses, while Hoxie and Hillcrest reported decreases.
A huge crowd was on hand for the second annual Hoxie Back to School Block Party held Saturday at the Hoxie City Park. According to tickets handed out for door prizes, as well as a tally from the mayor, more than 500 attended.
A national group of scientists has elected Dr. Ann Paterson of Walnut Ridge to its board of directors. Paterson, who is the Nell Mondy Chair of Natural Sciences at Williams Baptist College, will serve a five-year term on the board of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. She has served on the Williams faculty since 1999.
20 Years Ago
A 1957 model Curtis C-46 airplane landed for refueling at the Walnut Ridge Airport/Swindle Field on Friday, and a small crowd was on hand to tour the aircraft. The aircraft was used for cargo hauling, paratrooper transport and hospital air transport in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
David and Dana Penn celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary recently with a seven-day Alaskan Cruise. They were married Aug. 15, 1975, at the Strawberry Church of Christ by Bro. Don House.
Ashley Clark, daughter of C.L. and Gail Clark, will begin classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., on Aug. 21. She will be pursuing an associate of science in culinary arts degree.
Wade Spence of Imboden recently completed 16 weeks of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Law Enforcement Training. He has accepted an assignment as wildlife officer in Cleveland County and will be residing in Rison.
30 Years Ago
Janice Clayton, business instructor and FBLA adviser at Strawberry High School, was recognized as an Outstanding Adviser at the FBLA National Leadership Conference.
V&B Manufacturing Company has been selected as a recipient of Sears’ “Partners in Progress” award for 1989. Only approximately 75 suppliers nationwide receive this award each year.
Students from Black Rock High School who attended choir camp at Arkansas State University are: Rhonda Clayton, Amanda Craig and Angie Robertson.
40 Years Ago
The Eldon Simmons family of near Minturn and Annieville has been selected as the Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year.
Clay Weir will retire at the end of August after over 23 years with the Employment Security Division.
The winners of each flight of the Junie Dowell invitational golf tournament were: Berry Bishop and Barry Winningham, championship flight; Benson Hart and W.A. “Junie” Dowell of Texarkana, “A” flight; and Bill Henry and John Stark, “B” flight.
50 Years Ago
There are only three county races on the ballot in next Tuesday’s Democratic primary. This is the smallest number of county contests in modern times. The race which has attracted the most interest is that between Kenneth Guthrie, incumbent, and Victor “Vic” Hanshaw for the sheriffs office.
Jo Keah Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Anderson, will leave Sunday for Arkadelphia, where she will be a freshman at Ouachita Baptist University.
60 Years Ago
Howard Vance was elected State Committeeman at a meeting of the Lawrence County Republican Central Committee held in Hoxie Monday night. Tim Watson was elected chairman and Glenwood Vance to the post of secretary.
Dennis Brown and Sammy Hilburn played in the All-Star football game at Little Rock Saturday night. Brown was the East’s second leading ground gainer with 53 yards in 11 tries. Hilburn picked up three yards in one try, ran a kick-off back 25 yards and was outstanding on defense. Sammy Weir, a former Walnut Ridge All-Stater, received a trophy for being named the Most Valuable Player in last year’s All-Star game.
Medical Arts Pharmacy will have its grand opening this Saturday, Aug. 20, in its location on Highway 25 west.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hilburn were in Jonesboro last Friday evening to attend graduation exercises at Arkansas State College. Their son, Dick Hilburn, of Kennett, Mo., received his master’s degree that evening.
George McLeod and Tony Dowell, who had been touring Europe and attending summer school in Paris, France, returned to New York last Saturday night via airplane. George is home visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren McLeod, and has as his guest early this week his fiancé, Carolyn Harris, of El Dorado. Tony remained in New York City, and next Monday will report for duty at the offices of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith.
70 Years Ago
Mrs. Velma Gray of Smithville received word Saturday that her brother, Captain F.W. Bellamy, has been killed in fighting in Korea. Bellamy was a veteran of 17 years service in the Army.
Governor Sid McMath announced in Little Rock Thursday of last week that he had appointed Charles C. Snapp of Walnut Ridge as a member of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.
Pat Jansen of Walnut Ridge attended the conference of directors of the 45 production credit associations in Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas at St. Louis this week. He represented the White River Production Credit Association.
A.B. “Uncle Al” Ware, who is the oldest resident of Lawrence County, celebrated his 101st birthday last Sunday at his country home in the western district.
75 Years Ago
Captain Chester A. Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Clark of Black Rock, has been appointed commanding officer of the 3rd Depot Supply Squadron at a 9th Air Force Unit in France.
W.T. Kisling has been advanced in rating from staff sergeant to technical sergeant. He is on duty at Camp Hood, Texas. Kisling spent 31 months in Alaska with Company K local National Guard unit. He is the son of Mrs. J.B. Kisling of Hoxie.
80 Years Ago
Lawrence County has been a constituted governmental subdivision for a longer period than Arkansas has been a territory or state, yet no native son has served as prosecuting attorney of the judicial district. Harry Ponder Jr., who won a sweeping victory Tuesday, will have that distinction. He was born in Walnut Ridge.
H.T. Kirkpatrick, aged 72, a highly respected businessman and citizen of Walnut Ridge for the past 29 years, died at his home in this city Saturday night following an illness of only a few hours.