10 Years Ago
When asked about his first day as Hoxie Mayor, Lanny Tinker responded that it was a “humbling day.” Tinker began his first day in office by being sworn in on Monday. From there he met with each department head, and plans to meet with each city worker in the following weeks.
Don House began his tenure as mayor of Walnut Ridge by meeting with the city’s approximately 55 employees. During the meeting, House said he emphasized the spirit of cooperation within each department and between departments, as well as the importance of good work ethic.
Katelyn Hammock, a student at Williams Baptist College and graduate of Hillcrest High School, was among the America’s Homecoming Queen finalists who were invited to represent the program during Liberty Bowl festivities in Memphis last week. Hammock, competed in the America’s Homecoming Queen competition after being selected as Hillcrest High School’s homecoming queen. She is the daughter of Jason and Kim Hammock of Black Rock.
Five basketball players from Lawrence County schools earned recognition at the NEA Basketball Tournament in Jonesboro recently. Joe Paul Carey and Khris Foster of Black Rock were named to the boys All-NEA Tournament team. In girls’ play, Samantha Blevins of Hillcrest, Haley Slusser of Black Rock and Daniel Vaughn of Walnut Ridge received All-Tournament honors.
Zach Brown a junior at Sloan-Hendrix High School, finished first in the conference cross country meet and made All-Conference, along with All-State for the third year in a row. Jessie Powell, a seventh-grader, finished third in conference and was named All-Conference.
20 Years Ago
Several Lawrence County elected officials were sworn in for 2001 shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day in a ceremony at the courthouse. Some of them included: Robert Bryan Warden, coroner; Fred Stevens and Chris Warden, deputy coroners; Leslie Gates, deputy sheriff; Farrah Matthews, tax assessor; and Kristi Murphy, circuit clerk. Municipal Judge Larry Hayes administered the oath of office.
Paul Goings was installed as worshipful master of Hoxie Masonic Lodge No. 692 on Friday evening in a special ceremony at the lodge. Other officers installed for the 2001 year were: Vernon Guy, senior warden; Jim McGinnis, junior warden; Verdie Middlecoff, treasurer; Dwain Austin, secretary; Tom White, senior deacon; Mack Ellis, junior deacon; Al Saienni, chaplain, Bill Tennison, tyler; and Eudoris Fielder and Dick Dickerson, masters of ceremonies.
Common sense prevailed over competitive spirit for Hoxie’s two senior high basketball teams last week in the midst of treacherous ice-covered roads as school officials felt the danger was too great to transport youngsters to Jonesboro for the Northeast Arkansas Basketball Tournament held at Arkansas State University. The senior boys forfeited their game with top-seeded Rivercrest, and the Lady Mustangs forfeited their game with Gosnell.
Adam Weeks, a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, was sworn in Monday as an alderman of the Conway City Council to serve a two-year term.
30 Years Ago
Ice and fog contributed to numerous holiday wrecks in Lawrence County. Top candy sellers in each grade at Walnut Ridge Middle School include:
Starla Combs, fifth grade; Wanda Cooper, sixth grade; A.J. Moore, eighth grade; and Crystal Fultner, seventh grade.
Jay Clark played several roles at the performances of “A Magical Night of Memories” at Front Street Theatre.
Freddie Davis of Hoxie Lodge #692, Ralph Clark of Walnut Ridge Aurora Lodge #423 and R.L. Yates of Black Rock Lodge #476 each received Lodge Service Awards.
40 Years Ago
Jeff Yates of Walnut Ridge has been named to the Class AA All-State football team for 1980. Yates, a Bobcat running back, was a three-year starter for the Bobcats. Yates, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Yates, previously was named to the All-District team and was also named Outstanding Back in District 2-AA North.
Officers of the Aurora Lodge 423 were recently installed. They include: Art Miller, junior deacon; Eugene Franks, secretary; Michael Davis, Worshipful Master; Bennie J. LaRussa, tyler; Bobby Gene Moody, master of ceremonies; Harold Mitchell, senior deacon; Ralph Rosselot, treasurer; R.L. Yates, junior warden; and Billy Stayton, senior warden.
Lynda Lee and Charles B. Weir were united in marriage recently at the Park Hill Christian Church in North Little Rock. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Lee of North Little Rock. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Weir of Walnut Ridge.
50 Years Ago
Leroy Blankenship, retiring Chamber of Commerce president, received a plaque for his outstanding service at the annual banquet. The presentation was made by Bill N. Cate. Tommy Holland was similarly honored for his service as chairman of the annual Christmas parade.
WASHINGTON — Senator John L. McClellan (Dem., Ark.) said Thursday that 19 Arkansas counties, including Lawrence, have been designated emergency loan areas by Agriculture Secretary Clifford M. Hardin. Excessive rainfall delayed harvesting of principal crops in the area, the announcement said. Estimated range of damage was reported to be more than 50 percent in most counties, McClellan said.
60 Years Ago
A total of 16,185 bales of cotton were ginned before December 1 in Lawrence County.
Miss Bonnie Joan Ferrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Ferrell, and Bob Darrell Burns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Boyce Burns, all of Walnut Ridge, were united in marriage on Christmas Eve.
Mr. and Mrs. Dayton Moore and daughter, Amanda, of Alexandria, Va., have been holiday guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.I. Moore.