10 Years Ago

Fifteen Walnut Ridge middle level students and their three chaperones spent Friday through Sunday in Huntsville, Ala., to participate in the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Astrotrek program. The students also enjoyed a tour of Helen Keller’s birthplace, the Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Ala. The students are part of the Gifted, Talented and Creative (GTC) Program. The group included: Laurel Gaither, Katelyn Downum, Vaden Robins, Hunter Tribble, Augustus Wicker, Easton Householder, Grace Callahan, Baylee Burris, Cortney Winston, Drew Davis, Mallory Spain, Madeleine Foster, Sara Stormes, Aubree Hughart and Tristan Hoffman. Chaperones included Sarah Callahan, Dale Hughart and Tonda Brand, GTC coordinator.

Eric Wilcoxson’s four-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal proved to be the difference, as the Walnut Ridge Bobcats outlasted 2A-3 Conference foe Marked Tree 35-32 in an offensive shootout Friday night at Sexton Field.

Several Lawrence County high school golfers earned the right to compete in their respective state tournaments in 2010. At Hoxie, Sarah Green became the first-ever Lady Mustang to qualify for the 3A state tournament, while Zach Crisler qualified for the Mustang boys. For Walnut Ridge, the boys team of Rob Rainwater, Clay Hufstedler and David Ryan qualified for the 2A state tournament. Hillcrest’s Derek Wooten qualified for state in Class 1A.

New officers installed by the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Ridge included: Lloyd Clark, president; Adam Weeks, vice president; Deborah Smith, treasurer; and Dr. Brett Cooper, secretary.

20 Years Ago

Walnut Ridge High School football homecoming royalty includes: Amber Hoffman, maid of honor; Ashley Little, queen; Kristi Oliver, senior maid; Sara Mullen, sophomore maid; Katie Logan, junior maid; an Sasha James, freshman maid. Pages are Makenzie Britton and Kinman Covey.

A.J. Henry of Walnut Ridge was one of three inductees into the Senior Arkansans Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established by the 1991 Arkansas General Assembly to honor outstanding older citizens who are improving the quality of life in Arkansas for all older people.

A tornado or tornado-like winds caused damage in the Minturn area on Thursday afternoon. Wilma Jones, a Minturn resident, said the storm destroyed a vacant house trailer and damaged another, but the family escaped unharmed. Damage was also reported to some grain bins and to a house on which a tree fell.

Several members of the Ralph Joseph Leadership Class 6 along with leaders recently journeyed to Little Rock for several events. Those attending included: Gail Clark, Natalie Orrick, Tara Walker, Latisha Jackson, Jama Corder, Chelsea Tate, Lisa Tate, Sarah Wilcoxson, Erin Kennemer, Sara Spades, Bridget Saffell, Anna Johnson, Lindsay Thomison, John Thomison, Lynn Dixon, Kristen Myers, Jason Stinnett, Aaron Turner, Charlie Vaugier, Zachary Witt, Krystal Smith, Tim Taylor and Cy Phillips. They participated in a personality assessment, took the VIP tour of the State Capitol and visited with Lt. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller over issues important to youth and the state.

30 Years Ago

Walnut Ridge City Council members voted to annex three parcels of property into the city limits in Monday night’s meeting. All three parcels are in Ward I and include approximately 55 acres.

Parker Crum, a 10-year-old at Hoxie Elementary School, became a first-degree black belt in Taekwondo in Jonesboro recently.

40 Years Ago

Mrs. Betty Welch has been named state membership chairman for the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Mrs. Welch has been recorder/treasurer for the City of Hoxie since 1958.

Sally Gaither, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Duane Gaither of Walnut Ridge, was selected as one of 10 finalists in the Miss Mid-South Pageant, junior division, in Memphis recently.

Hoxie High School Thespian Troupe officers include: Tracy Ballard, Mark Belk, Mark Mosier, Tracy Hendrix, LaVonda Ballard, Angie Romine, Tammy Smith, Allen Smith, Jimmy Green – president, Sharon Dickerson and Linda Graddy.

50 Years Ago

Terri Kimbrough was named a semi-finalist in the 1970 State Fair Queen contest at the State Fair in Little Rock Monday night.

Hoxie Mustang players with regular game assignments include: Jackie Baird, Mike Cain, Jimmy Burns, Roy Fleming, Wilson Schmidt, Jimmy Rogers, Alvie Cain, Alan Pratt, Larry South, Joe Warner and Dennis Bullard.

A crowd of 280 paid $10 each and braved inclement weather last night to hear a speech by Dale Bumpers, Democratic candidate for governor, at a dinner in the school cafetorium. Bumpers was preceded at the speakers’ stand by Dr. Bob Riley, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

60 Years Ago

Martha Jackson, lovely daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jackson, was named “Miss Lawrence County” at the annual Lawrence County Fair held last weekend at Imboden. She is a student at Walnut Ridge High School.

An “A” rating in Mid-South Dress Revue competition is a coveted honor. Peggy Combs, l4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Combs of Black Rock, is one of these “Fairest of the Fair.”

“I was carrying a four-leaf clover,” was the explanation offered by Mack Ponder just after he had won the 4-H livestock judging contest at Little Rock last Thursday.

Walnut Ridge firemen fought their way through exploding gasoline and oil

Saturday morning to bring under control a raging fire, which destroyed the office, warehouse, pump house and a 6,000-gallon gasoline truck trailer at the Everett Webb Texaco Bulk Plant.

Mrs. W.O. Boyce was elected Worthy Matron of the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star at an election held Friday night of last week.

Billy Spotts was elected president of the sophomore class at WRHS at a recent class meeting.

70 Years Ago

Candidates for Football Queen of Walnut Ridge High School were chosen by the football boys Monday. Ten girls were chosen from the 10th through the 12th grades. They were: Sue Dinkins, Barbra Goodwin, Peggy Futrell, Dorothy Trentham, Barbara Riddle, Betty Allen, Ruthie Jean Lasiter, Barbara Cunningham, Doris Jean Snow and Claria Jackson.

Barbara Logan, student at Hendrix College, Conway, spent the weekend here, with her parents, Judge and Mrs. Tom B. Logan.

75 Years Ago

Staff Sgt. Austin Glenn of Lynn and a graduate of Lynn High School is enrolled at Shrivenham American University in England. Glenn has been overseas for over two years. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Glenn of Lynn.

Mrs. J.B. Elders, chairman of the Camp and Hospital Council of the Lawrence County Chapter of the Red Cross, is supervising preparation and shipment of the chapter’s quota of 20 Christmas packages to be delivered by the Red Cross to servicemen at sea on Christmas Day.

80 Years Ago

Mrs. P.S. Cunningham, chairman of the local Red Cross relief for war refugees, has announced that materials are being received for making garments for war refugees and is asking for volunteers to sew and knit.

Lawrence Sloan was recently re-elected president of the Arkansas Grange Association in a state meeting held at Batesville.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen and son, John Warren, returned to Hoxie Monday from a weekend visit with his parents at Smithville, Miss.

Mesdames Ed Henry and H.R. McCarroll entertained the Sunshine Sewing Club at the home of Mrs. Henry on Friday, with Mrs. J.T. Agee and Mrs. Russell Rainey as guests.

Newton Glenn Claxton Jr., of Route l, Hoxie, enlisted in the Navy at Little Rock Monday as an apprentice seaman. He will be transferred to the U.S. Naval Training Station, San Diego, Calif., for duty and training.

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