10 Years Ago

Linda Smith is the new administrator at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center. Smith began working at LHNC in 1993 as the assistant director of nursing, and was appointed as assistant administrator in 2004.

Amber Scott of Hoxie and Laura Olinger of Walnut Ridge, who are members of the Delta Rhythm Cloggers, which is comprised of dancers from Arkansas and Tennessee, recently participated in the Grand National Championship in Nashville, Tenn. Delta Rhythm won six Grand National Champion awards, and was named first runner-up overall. Scott and Olinger were selected to be part of the 2010-2011 National All-Star Clog Dancing Team. Both are members of Dance Tyme Studio, which is instructed by Kathey Wilson.

The 2010-2011 Hillcrest basketball homecoming court included Samantha LeAnne Blevins, queen; Priscilla Mariah Moore, Kelsea Cherise Lindsi Sneed and Chelsey Lynn Howard, senior class maids; Morgan Taylor Penn, junior class maid; Lindsey Renee Crews, sophomore maid and senior high princess; Jessica Armanda Whitmire, freshman maid and junior high princess; Debbie Kaitlyn Geurin, eighth grade maid; and Anna Grace Durham, seventh grade maid. Flower girls were Callie Alexis Jones and Rachel Elizabeth Whitmire. Tanner Andrew Durham and Tyler Austin Cooper served as crown carriers.

The Walnut Ridge High School PRIDE Marching Band was awarded a Division I (superior) trophy at the Oct. 25 Region 8 Marching Band Assessment held at Greene County Tech. On Oct. 23, at the Forrest City Invitational, the PRIDE won a Division I Band performance, Division I Color Guard, Division I Drum Major and third place band in Class AA. On Oct. 9, at the Paragould/McDonald’s Marching Invitational, the PRIDE won a Division II trophy and third place band in class C.

Black Rock and Walnut Ridge High School FFA chapters attended the National FFA Convention held Oct. 20-23 in Indianapolis. WRHS students attending included Alex Teel, Hunter Yates, Ashley Dimitriou, Destiny Smith and Dylan Smith. Representing BRHS was Whitney Meeks, Megan Tweedy and Jacob Robins. Also making the trip was BRHS advisor Terry Rorex, WRHS advisor Austin Kennon and Candi Meeks, chaperone.

20 Years Ago

Milton B. Smith, chairman/president/CEO of First National Bank of Lawrence County, has been reelected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

The United States Air Force Reserve has announced the retirement of Col. Dan Coker of Walnut Ridge after 35 years of military service. Coker enlisted in the Air National Guard on Dec. 8, 1965. In addition to the Bronze Star Medal, his personal awards include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, theAir Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and several other service medals and ribbons.

The Walnut Ridge peewee sixth grade football team finished the 2000 season with a 6-0-1 record. Team members are: Ryan Sluder, Kyle Riggs, Jason Martin, Aaron Benson, Cody White, Jeff Williams, Ryan Weir, Josh Hayes, Jay Jones, Josh Ballard, Tyler Crisler, Jake Milgrim, David Rogers and Chris Logan. Coaches are Jeff Davidson and Allen Weir.

Three Lynn FCCLA officers recently participated in the A+ Conference (A Positive Lifestyle for Ultimate Success) in Oklahoma City. They were FCCLA president Tina Wells, vice president Marla Richey and reporter Crystal Brown. Rhonda Simms, chapter advisor, accompanied the students.

30 Years Ago

George Glenn, longtime coach at Lynn School, will be honored during homecoming activities Friday night at the Lynn gymnasium.

The team of Joe Videll, Mary Videll, Brenda Flippo and Rhetta Moore took first place in the sixth annual Chili Cook-off during the Fall Festival in Walnut Ridge.

Michelle Nichols, daughter of Larry and Pat Nichols of Hoxie, is participating in the International College Exchange Program and is attending Janus Pannonius University in Pecs, Hungary.

40 Years Ago

Revis Casper of Lynn presented plaques for county champion 4-H members at the recent achievement banquet. The winners were: Sandra Ridenhower, Imboden Champions, junior champion girl: Roger Helms, Smithville Busy Bees, junior champion boy; Miriam Flippo, Powhatan Belles and Beaus, senior champion girl; and Pat Roby Jr., Powhatan Belles and Beaus, senior champion boy.

Officers and members representing the Strawberry FBLA at a regional meeting include: Dena Mize, parliamentarian; Beverly McGee, historian; Luanne Boles, president; Delise Latting and Scott Whitmire, members.

Jane Burton of Swifton was crowned Miss SBC at Southern Baptist College recently. Karen Daniel, a freshman from Walnut Ridge, was crowned second runner-up.

Snapp Motor Co. of Walnut Ridge has been recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding Ford dealerships and has received Ford Motor Company’s highest award, the Distinguished Dealer Achievement Award. Jimmy Snapp and C.R. Snapp were presented plaques. The Snapp family has been in the Ford business at Walnut Ridge since April of 1926.

50 Years Ago

FRANKLY SPEAKING – “Most women around the world are wearing pantsuits” says a Monday headline in the state papers ... “Without any confrontation or even artful campaigning, women are securing for themselves another human right: the right to wear pants to work” is the lead paragraph. Our office changed its tradition two weeks ago, and maybe started the new trend among downtown secretaries, when Hope Segraves and Janice Hibbard requested they be allowed to wear pantsuits. I couldn’t see we had any other choice but to say yes.

The “on again, off again” harvest season is causing much concern among Lawrence County farmers. Several farmers interviewed by The TD said the situation is critical. Rains two or three times each week have had farmers rushing in and out of their fields every few days, doing spot harvesting on high ground.

Mrs. Larry (Gertrude) Sloan, who had served the Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women’s Club in numerous capacities, was chosen to receive the “Woman of the Year” award during National Business and Professional Women’s Week.

Lynn Ledbetter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ledbetter, was queen at

Walnut Ridge High’s homecoming last Friday.

60 Years Ago

Mrs. Milly Riddick and Mrs. Bob Higginbotham left Memphis by plane Tuesday morning with a group of mid-south residents on a six-day visit to New York. Their schedule calls for seeing several Broadway plays before returning home Monday of next week.

70 Years Ago

Harry Hilburn, chairman of the Lawrence County Infantile Paralysis fund drive, announced this week that a benefit dance will be held here at the Legion Hut on Monday night.

Charles Kirkpatrick of Walnut Ridge was named coach at Clover Bend High School last week by the school board. A native of Walnut Ridge, Coach Kirkpatrick is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High and Arkansas State College.

Herman Davis, aged 66, well-known farmer of Route One, died at his home last Wednesday night.

75 Years Ago

William N. Steadman died at his home in Black Rock Tuesday night at the age of 83 years. He was born at Smithville and had spent his entire lifetime at Smithville.

Cited for gallantry in action, Luther L. Hunt, pharmacist’s mate third class, U.S. Navy, has been awarded the Silver Star Medal of a citation order. Kenneth Hugg of Strawberry has recently been honorably discharged from service at Fort Logan, Colo. He reached San Francisco aboard the Troopship Explorer from the Luzon Islands. Hugg was a member of the 63rd Infantry of the famous 6th Division and saw much action in New Guinea and Luzon.

80 Years Ago

A super-colossal football game is scheduled to be played on Sexton Field Thursday night between an all-star team of Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas all-stars. The all-stars will consist of localities who have for the past few years slackened up on physical exercise. The Walnut Ridge roster will read something like this: Ends: Harry Taylor, Ralph Haulum, Ralph Bench and Brooks Logan; Tackles: Van Ellis, Amos Thomas, James Ahlsteadt, Cameron Wilkerson, Earl Spencer, Jo Bill Starnes, John Billings Jr.; Guards: Joe Wilkerson, Paul Slayton, Floyd Brown, Paul Rice, Felix Pickett, Gilbert Rainey; Centers: Menard Fisher, Andrew Ponder; Backs: O.E. Neece, Hubert Kell, Alva Kell, Sammy Halliburton, J.T. Williams, Troy Lee Woodring, Doyle Moore, Charles Logan, Bobby Swindle.

Miss Jacqueline Rainwater, who is a student at Hendrix College in Conway, spent last weekend here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Rainwater.

The Walnut Ridge Hooked Rug Club will meet today in the home of Mrs. R.R. Cooper. A Dutch luncheon will be served at noon.

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