10 Years Ago

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker and Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House signed Twin-Cities Spring Cleanup proclamations at Walnut Ridge City Hall announcing a twin-city cleanup April 11-23. The proclamation states that spring cleanup is a way to provide citizens with an affordable way to clean up their property, and the cities wish to combine their cleanup efforts in a spirit of unity and cooperation.

Pansy Medlock, formerly of Portia, was honored for her 100th birthday. Her family hosted a party at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, where Mrs. Medlock resides.

Capt. Jeremy E. Tillman, a native of Walnut Ridge, has been promoted to commander of his unit, the Bravo Battery of the 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. His unit consists of approximately 183 men and women soldiers.

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats recorded two shutout victories in winning the 2011 Lawrence County Baseball Tournament on Saturday at Black Rock. The Bobcats defeated Sloan-Hendrix 16-0 in the semifinals, and the Hoxie Mustangs 11-0 in the finals to take the title. Team members include Eric Wilcoxson, Teague Phillips, Darren Tribble, Baron Estes, Clay Hufstedler, Cole Hicks, Chris Dickson, Zach Carson, Payton Poole, Tyler Dickson and Rowdy Ditto. The Bobcats are coached by Derek Bramlett and Jason Ward.

The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles defeated Walnut Ridge’s Lady Bobcats 6-3 in the championship game of the 2011 Lawrence County Softball Tournament on Saturday at Black Rock. Team members include Kelsea Sneed, Samantha Parker, Lindsey Crews, Sarah Saffell, Chelsey Howard, Jennifer Riley, Samantha Blevins, Ashley Mansfield, Shelby Whitmire and Kellie Beasley. Shawn Rose is the coach.

Coy Yasler of the Hoxie Mustangs and Cayley Rosson of Hoxie’s Lady Mustangs have been named to the Class 3A All-State basketball team for the 2010-2011 season.

20 Years Ago

Steel framework has been erected for what will become the Hoxie branch of First National Bank of Lawrence County. The 1,550-square-foot building is located at the intersection of Highway 67 (Texas Street) and Lindsey Street in Hoxie and will be a full-service branch, according to Milton Smith, First National’s president. Projected opening of the branch is sometime this summer.

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge has a new pastor. Bro. Derek Collins assumed pastoral duties on March 25.

The Hoxie sixth-grade girls peewee basketball team won the Hoxie Invitational Tournament of Feb. 16 and also place first in the Lawrence County Peewee Tournament March 24. Team members are: Amber Henderson, Jessica Woods, Jessica Anglin, Rachel Lane, Rachel Goff, Holly King, Brooke Bookout, Ashley Brewington, Tiffany Bullard, Kendra Harris, Sarah Lucas, Tabitha Weaver and Kelsie Swindle. The team is coached by Mike Simmons and Janet Ellis.

Volunteers from the Lawrence County Girl Scout Services Unit were recently honored at the Girl Scouts of Crowley’s Ridge Council Leader Recognition Banquet. Belinda Noblin of Hoxie received the Appreciation Pin, Rebecca Mansfield of Walnut Ridge received the Outstanding Leader Award, Brian Keough and Krystal Hudson of Imboden received the Five Years of Service Pin, and Pamela Brown, Charlotte Dotson and Tabitha Noblin earned the 10 Years of Service Pin. Rose Henderson received the 25-Hour Training Pin. Linda East of Alicia was named ‘Rookie of the Year.”

Airman April D. Morgan, daughter of Ed and Sherry Morgan of Powhatan, completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio on Nov. 9. Technical training followed at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. Morgan is now assigned to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, maintaining the F-117 Stealth Fighter.

30 Years Ago

Several Hoxie and Walnut Ridge basketball players have been named All-District. For Hoxie – Andrea Allen, Allen Hodge, Gwen Green and Shane Rice. For Walnut Ridge – Stephanie Nicholson, Ashley Eskridge, Brian Binkley and Eric Tribble.

Frankly Speaking – We were surprised by the sleet Friday morning, then more surprised by the snow, which fell heavily for several hours. It was not the latest snow on record. On Easter Sunday, April 7, 1940, we experienced heavy snow here.

40 Years Ago

Five students from the Walnut Ridge Middle School won first place in the junior group performance division of the first History Day held in Batesville recently. They included: Jennifer Cox, Corinne McEntire, Michele Rorex, Ginger Massey and Sandy James. Their performance was “Dancing Through the Decades.” Holly Hutcherson and Caroline Hilburn won second for their junior group project of an herb garden.

Mr. and Mrs. William I. Rainwater announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mary Virginia, to Stephen Everett Cox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sammie J. Cox of Charleston. The couple will be married June 27.

Russ Snapp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Snapp, is on the dean’s list at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. The senior is among 82 students out of a student body of 1,000 to be honored for the highest grades for first-semester work.

50 Years Ago

Pauline Whitlow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Whitlow, has been named valedictorian of the senior class at Strawberry High School. The salutatorian is Gary Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Smith.

David Whitmire, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Whitmire, has been named valedictorian of Clover Bend High School. Salutatorian is Laddy Light, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Light.

An attempted robbery of the Citizens National Bank of Walnut Ridge failed Monday when city police arrested a 19-year-old woman before she could leave the bank.

Andy Ponder, aged 57, of 513 Northwest Third Street, died in Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was a lifetime resident of Walnut Ridge.

General and Rita Guntharp are the parents of their first child, a son, born Tuesday night at 11:46 in St. Bernards hospital. The baby has been named Gregory David. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dee Cude of Black Rock and Mr. and Mrs. Millard Guntharp of Jonesboro.

60 Years Ago

Three girls from WRHS chapter of Future Homemakers of America received the state award at the FHA convention held Friday. They were Nancy Nickels, Ronda Higginbotham and Martha Jackson.

Richard Taylor, Bobcat All-District fullback during the past pigskin season, has been selected to the East All-Star squad and will see action in the annual High School All-Star football game.

Harold Callahan, former Hoxie High School basketball mainstay and now a member of the Arkansas State Junior College basketball team at Beebe, has been invited to play in the junior college All-Star game to be held at Lawton, Okla., this year.

Georgann Fisher, Mary Anne Cunningham, Martha Moseley, Jeannie Ramer and Jim Jansen drove to Fayetteville last weekend to attend the annual spring formal by Chi Omega sorority at the University of Arkansas. Sandra Sue Starnes, who is a freshman at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has been named “Pledge of the Month” at the 4-H House and was presented a bracelet in recognition of the honor.

70 Years Ago

Miss Rosemary Callahan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Callahan of Clover Bend, recently won first place in a Horace Heidt contest at the University of Arkansas and has become eligible to appear on a future Horace Heidt radio and television show, which will be on TV.

75 Years Ago

The Monday Bridge Club was delightfully entertained this week in the home of Mrs. J.J. Sharum. High and second scores were recorded by Mrs. Marvyn Jones and Mrs. M.J. Moseley, respectively.

Leonard Lingo, Jerry Bassett, J.J. Sharum, W.E. Spikes, Everett Webb, J.L. Bland and W. Mac Graves attended the Jackson Day dinner in Little Rock last Saturday night.

80 Years Ago

John C. Lingo, aged 76, died Monday morning. Mr. Lingo was a resident of the Lynn community, where he was born and reared.

Jay Myers returned to his desk at the First National Bank Monday morning, following a three-week vacation trip to California with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Krone of Black Rock.

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