10 Years Ago
A huge crowd was in attendance to mark the grand opening of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan. Located on the grounds of the Powhatan Historic State Park, the facility came to be through a collaboration between Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas History Commission, with assistance from the Lawrence County Historical Society. The core of NEARA’s initial holdings includes approximately 500 cubic feet of Lawrence County government records, donated by the Lawrence County Historical Society. These county records are among Arkansas’ earliest documentary resources. Records from numerous counties in the region are also available on microfilm.
The Black Rock senior boys basketball team earned victories over Jasper, Sacred Heart and Kirby to advance to the finals of the 1A State Basketball Tournament. The Zebras will face Bay for the state title.
Roger Johnson of Walnut Ridge competed in the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon in Jackson, Miss. He placed third in the Master’s Division and 17th overall, with a time of one hour, 31 minutes and 47 seconds. There were 994 runners in his class.
Hillcrest High School junior Joshua Shaw was one of 14 students selected to present a scientific research paper at the 45th Annual Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Arkansas Tech in Russellville. Shaw’s research paper “Enumeration of Microbial Indicators: Enterococcus Faecalis, Escherichia Coli and Fecal Coliform to Evaluate Health Risks to Primary and Secondary Users of the Strawberry River Water Shed” is the culmination of two years of research. He is the son of Leonard and Yota Shaw of Strawberry.
20 Years Ago
Justin McCormic of Portia recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of the Boy Scout Troop at Black Rock, led by Scoutmaster Pat Roby.
Alan and Kristen West of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Feb. 23 at St. Bernards in Jonesboro named Graham Connelly West. He has a brother, Warner Browning West, who is two.
Three River Valley athletes were named All-Region following their regional tournament win on Feb. 24. Zach Witt, Adam Huskey and Jared Jones were named to the Class A Region 3 Team. In addition, Witt was named Most Valuable Player from Region 3.
Anna Johnson and Sarah Penn of the Walnut Ridge High School Lady Bobcats basketball team have been named all-conference players. Both are juniors. Kenna McEntire and Amber Penn, junior high Lady Bobcat freshmen, were also named all-conference players. Ryan Manning, a senior at WRHS, was chosen all-conference, and junior high Bobcats named all-conference were Ronnie Tagge, Brett Shrable and Brandon Evans.
Civil War Living Historians dressed in authentic garb, made the slow, arduous walk from Smithville to Pocahontas on Friday through Sunday, tracing the original steps of the 7th Arkansas Infantry. The Smithville site was the original location for the muster of the 7th under the auspices of Col. Robert G. Shaver.
Amanda Roberts was crowned Miss Mustang at the school’s annual pageant on Saturday evening at the Walnut Ridge Community Center. Shamela Womble was winner of the Talent Award and was named Miss Congeniality.
Cub Scout Pack #39 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Feb. 9 at the National Guard Armory. Winners were: race winners – Josh Ferguson, first, Brent Fisher, second, and James McIntire, third; craftsmanship winners – Randy Carter, first, Blake Snow, second, and Michael Cullum, third.
30 Years Ago
The 1991 Lawrence County 4-H Teen Leader Club members and officers include: Kevin Goff president; Tonya Taylor, vice president; Alexia Conrey, secretary/treasurer; Christy Brinkley, reporter/photographer; Dustin Smith and Jerry Gilliam.
Annette Cannon and Ginger Clem, students at Strawberry High School, have been selected to be among 120 students statewide to participate in the 25th Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.
40 Years Ago
Denise Langley has been elected president of the Walnut Ridge High School student council for the 1981-82 school year. Other officers are: Jayme Caspall, Sally Gaither, Rebecca Singleton, Kellie Allison, Sara Gray and Susan Snapp.
Linda Graddy and Allen Smith were crowned as Sweetheart and Beau recently by the Hoxie Future Homemakers of America.
50 Years Ago
Mike Bassett and Randy Sain were named to the All-State Junior High basketball team, and Mike was selected as the outstanding player in the state tournament played at Greenbrier. The Bobkitten team and their coach, Bill Hughes, were awarded the sportsmanship trophy at the tournament.
David Daniel has been elected president of the WRHS Student Council for the next school year.
In recognition of outstanding service, Ida Rainwater, librarian at Walnut Ridge High School, was presented a lifetime membership pen by the Parent Teacher Association last Thursday night.
Governor Bumpers announced two appointments to the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission Monday. Jimmy Snapp, a Walnut Ridge businessman, was named to one of the coveted AIDC posts.
Walnut Ridge High art students had more pieces chosen for exhibit than any other school in the ASU “Art Day.” Ruth Savage, Carol Tarlton and Jana Wilcoxson received special recognition for their paintings. Barbara Manning is their art instructor.
Jim Jansen was presented a plaque last week by the Eastern Arkansas Boy Scout Council. The award was for his service as School Night coordinator for the annual membership drive for Boy and Cub Scouts.
60 Years Ago
Troop 43, Walnut Ridge Boy Scouts, elected new officers at a recent meeting. They are James Hart, assistant Scoutmaster; Van Ellis, senior patrol leader; Joe Coker, troop scribe; Bobby Wright, troop quartermaster; Tyrone Berry, librarian. Patrol leaders elected were Dane Sloan, Steve Logan, Jimmy Fisher, Posey Biddle and assistant patrol leader, Mike Connell.
At the close of 1960, after only seven months of operations, some statistics at Lawrence Memorial Hospital were quite revealing. From May 31, opening day, through December 31, there were a total of 810 adult patients admitted to the hospital. During this period, 32 major and 49 minor surgeries were performed and 220 babies were delivered.
Lt. Mitchell Odom left yesterday for Bangkok, Thailand.
Dale (Corkey) Ennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Dale Ennis of Walnut Ridge, was recently elected vice president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Arkansas State College.
70 Years Ago
Frances Moore, Joyce Madden, Patsy Sue Burrow and Georgann Fisher have been named patrol leaders and assistants to two troops of Girl Scouts. Anne Ponder and Loretta Jean Lawhorn were hostesses at the meeting.
County Judge Larry Sloan, County Treasurer Brooks Penn and County Clerk Harry Hilburn, accompanied by Judge Tom B. Logan, went to Little Rock yesterday to confer with state officials on county affairs.
R.S. Rainwater, president of the Soil Conservation Cooperating Agency in Arkansas, attended an area meeting in Oklahoma City, Okla., last week.
80 Years Ago
The Main Street store buildings occupied by Sterling Stores and Kiersky’s Cash Store, have been sold by Frank Pace of Little Rock to Sterling Stores, Inc.
The congregation of the Walnut Ridge Methodist Church recently paid the sum of $6,803.11 to liquidate all outstanding indebtedness on the church and parsonage. The magnificent church building was constructed in 1921-22 under the leadership of Rev. W.E. Hall, pastor here for five years, at a cost of approximately $60,000.