10 Years Ago

Ethel Tompkins will retire from the Lawrence County Library at the end of this month. Tompkins went to work at the public library on January 2, 1991, and was named reference librarian in 1994.

The Hoxie School Board hired David White to replace Jim McMullen as high school principal. McMullen retired at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. White previously taught English at Valley View.

Hoxie High School Student Council officers for the 2010-11 school year are: Leslee Parrish, president; Emily Freer, vice president; Amanda Moskop, treasurer; Neely Ragsdell, secretary; Peyton Tillman, reporter; and Derek French, sergeant-at-arms.

20 Years Ago

Blake and Georgetta Jones of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born June 19 at Regional Medical Center of NEA. The baby weighed five pounds, 13 ounces, and has been name Jarah LeighAnn Jones.

Those attending Boys and Girls State from Walnut Ridge High School and the offices they were chosen for were: Breanna Sisk, city alderman; Ashley Little, prosecuting attorney, recording clerk appointed by the secretary of state, and city judge; Casey Tribble, Heather Prater, county constable; Heath Evans, city council; and Holli Parker, municipal judge, representative and county delegate.

Classes are currently being held at the SeniorNet Learning Center located in the Walnut Ridge High School computer lab. Students in the class of introduction to computers are: June Cochran, Mary Ann Graddy, Cydola Barker, Mary Light, Clara Holt, Billie Pyles, Ethel Wilcoxson, Pauline McKamey, Joann Chaffin and Ida Rogers. Wiladean Schlueter, Rachel Rainey, Beverly Sturch and Mary Boozer are coaches, and Joy Ring is the teacher.

30 Years Ago

Strawberry Coach Chester Shannon awarded trophies to Jason Orrick and Donnie Nunnally for being named to the All-District Baseball Team.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Ball of Walnut Ridge will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Saturday, June 30, at a reception at Oak Hill General Baptist Church.

Approximately 188 present and former black residents of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie gathered over the weekend for a reunion.

Brenda C. Burns of Walnut Ridge and Melvin Junior Loughary of Paragould, were united in marriage June 16 at 6 p.m. at the Gospel Lighthouse Christian Center in Paragould.

40 Years Ago

Winners in the Father’s Day golf tournament at the Walnut Ridge Country Club include: Mel and Melvin Davis, John and Ron Worthen, Verell and Todd Bowers and Frances Harp and Bill Cate.

Nine girls represented Hoxie School at the 23rd annual cheerleading clinic, held at ASU recently. They are: Barbara Donovan, Mica Kapales, Patty Anglin, Ann Richardson, Gina Garner, Sandy Rogers, Sharon Warnick and Johnnie Barnhill.

50 Years Ago

A massive swarm of bees gathered under the White Way Barbershop the other day. After Dick Olvey of Pocahontas Federal made a close inspection of the swarm, Dr. J.N. Little, who is also an apiarist, placed the bees in a hive.

Susan Doty left early Friday morning by jet for Dallas, Texas, to attend a regional convention of Alpha Omicron Pi social sorority.

Herbert Lodes, who has been employed by Vulcan for 46 years, will retire in early July. He was honored at a dinner attended by 78 persons.

A local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was organized Thursday evening in the Community Room of the Pocahontas Federal Savings and Loan association building. Officers installed were Betty Gale Davis, president; Beverly Sturch, vice president; Wanda Blackwell, second vice president; Reta Goff Covey, secretary; Claria Jackson Sloan, treasurer; and Mary Holder, historian. Members of the Xi Psi Exemplar Chapter of Jonesboro conducted the initiation and installation rituals.

60 Years Ago

Clyda Stafford, 20-year-old junior at Arkansas State College, was named Miss Walnut Ridge Friday in the pageant sponsored by the Walnut Ridge Lions Club. Clyda, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Stafford, will compete in the Miss Arkansas Beauty Pageant to be held at Hot Springs. Gary Rainwater, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Rainwater of Walnut Ridge, received the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at commencement exercises of the University of Tennessee Medical units in Memphis, Monday.

James Stallcup of the Lions Club, pageant chairman, presented the Little

Miss Walnut Ridge trophy to Julia Dianne Floyd, seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Floyd. Cindy Swindle, seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Swindle, was runner-up.

70 Years Ago

Fifteen Boy Scouts of Troop No. 43 of Walnut Ridge accompanied by Scoutmaster H.M. Rainwater, Robert Kearby and Oral Mays, camped on Wells Creek, near Ravenden.

Mrs. Earl B. Sloan and daughter, Sara, left this morning for Memphis, where they will take an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles to visit Mrs. Sloan’s sister, Miss Kathleen Dillport.

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Stewart and daughter and Mr. and Mrs., Burl Childers and son, left Saturday for a week’s vacation at New Orleans and other points of interest in the southland.

Major Melvin Manning of Walnut Ridge was the hero of a recent softball game played at Munich, Germany, between officers and enlisted men of the

1812 AACS Group. Major Manning, starting and starring pitcher for the officers, was in complete command of the game until he went after a pop fly and collided with the catcher, breaking his little finger.

75 Years Ago

H.V. Wayland, station agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Walnut

Ridge, was taken to a Little Rock hospital yesterday for x-rays, examination and treatment. He was knocked down by a hog at the stock loading platform yesterday and believed to have fractured or severely sprained a leg or knee.

James O. Sullens, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Sullens of Hoxie, was recently awarded the Navy Aircrewman wings upon completion of flight training in Avenger bombing planes.

80 Years Ago

Harry Ponder Jr., this week authorized The Times Dispatch to make his formal announcement as a candidate for the office of prosecuting attorney. Ray Ellis of Walnut Ridge enlisted in the Army last week.

Mrs. J.J. Sharum and Mrs. John K. Gibson accompanied Mrs. Elizabeth Smith to Joyzelle Sunday when Mrs. Smith placed her daughter, Marianne, and Carolyn Sloan in the camp. Mrs. Smith will remain at Rogers, near Joyzelle, several days.

Tom Waldron, Jay Meyer, Kenneth Kirkpatrick, Edgar Riddick and Clarence Robert Jung are Walnut Ridge boys attending Camp Frierson, a Boy Scout camp near Jonesboro.

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