10 Years Ago
Firefighters from Hoxie, Walnut Ridge, Black Rock, Portia and Sedgwick battled several blazes at Anderson’s Auto Salvage after a grass fire spread to vehicles and other debris. There was no structural damage and the fire was contained to a small area of the salvage yard.
The Walnut Ridge Bobcats and Hoxie Mustangs both lost first-round games in the state football playoffs. Parkers Chapel defeated Walnut Ridge 27-6, while Hoxie fell to Fountain Lake, 44-6.
Archie Williams celebrated his 90th birthday at the Walnut Ridge Senior Center. Williams moved to the Walnut Ridge area from North Little Rock in 1949 and opened The Prescription House. He served as a pharmacist in the area until the late 1960s.
Entergy employees Kevin Rogers and Bobby Segraves rescued a cat that was trapped on an electric pole behind Floyd’s Body Shop in Walnut Ridge.
20 Years Ago
Micheal Kearby and Jon House, biologists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, met with local officials Monday at Hoxie City Hall to discuss solutions to the blackbird roosting problem in Walnut Ridge and Hoxie. Kearby said the birds are a major problem for the Delta region in particular, with as many as 50 million blackbirds roosting in the state each year. House said, “It’s a health problem for the Delta. Half the people in Arkansas could test positive for histoplasmosis, a disease affecting the lungs and eyes that comes from spores that grow in the birds’ droppings.
Two Hoxie High School Mustang football players have been named All-Conference for the 2AAA Conference this year, and five others received honorable mention. All-Conference players are Justin Ezell and Cy Phillips. Both also earned honorable mention for All-State honors. Honorable mention for All-Conference was awarded to Steve Pinkston, Chris Johnson, Jon Kopp, Jeff Ball and Robert Riedel.
Lindsey Bullard, Randi LeBlanc, Susan Penn and Brandi Wade of the Hoxie Senior High Student Council recently traveled to Charleston, S.C., to represent Hoxie High School as delegates to the Southern Conference of Student Councils. Advisors Shelia Bullard and Brenda Wade accompanied them.
At the recent Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) District Three election meeting, Jonathan Wichman of the Walnut Ridge High School FCCLA chapter was elected district president for 2000-2001.
The following FCCLA members from River Valley School attended the National Cluster Meeting with sponsor Raelyne Massey and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Walters Nov. 9-12 in Kansas City, Mo.: Dustin Gilbert, Ginnie Voyles, Cha Thomas, Tisann Crouch, Maegan Barber, Brenn Dickison, Alicia Halfacre, Holly Mize, Brittany Wright, Nikki Doyle, Reva Mitchell, Amber Thomas and April Durham.
30 Years Ago
Members of the Black Rock homecoming court include: Rhonda Clayton, 11th grade maid; Donna Smith, homecoming queen; Kelly Richey, 12th grade maid; Christine Booth, seventh grade maid; Dawn Vance, 10th grade maid; Emily Gill, ninth grade maid; and Sara Clark, eighth grade maid.
Bobcats Chad Brewer and Billy Baker and Mustangs Allen Hodge and Teddy Dodd have been selected to the All-Conference football team.
40 Years Ago
Relton F. Green, aged 53, of Walnut Ridge, died Sunday morning in Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a heart attack. Mr. Green was a vice president of Citizens National Bank and was manager of the Citizens Branch Bank in Hoxie.
Loren Rogers, 16, of Walnut Ridge, Rt. 1, was the first deer hunter to report his kill this week. Hunting near Ravenden, Rogers shot the eight-point 150-pound buck with a .20 gauge shotgun. It was his first deer.
50 Years Ago
Bobby Watson, head coach and director of athletics at Hoxie High School, was the recipient of an award given by the Arkansas High School Coaches Association for 20 years of faithful and dedicated service as a high school Coach.
Gail Tillman, Route 2, Walnut Ridge, has written a poem that appears in the October issue of Highlights for Children, a popular monthly children’s magazine with over a million readers. Gail is a seventh-grade pupil at Walnut Ridge Junior High School. Her poem, “A Basket of Apples,” was written when Gail was a fifth-grade pupil of Cynthia (Mrs. Harold) Callahan.
Cadet Robert Warden of Hoxie has been promoted to the rank of corporal at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn.
60 Years Ago
An “extra” payment of $12,000 has been made this month on the bonds owed by Lawrence County on Lawrence Memorial Hospital. County Judge Brooks Penn announced yesterday that the County had retired “in advance” some bonds which would have been payable in 15 to 18 years.
Mrs. Jeff Davis has been elected Worthy Matron of Charles Chapter No. 410, Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, Jeff Davis, has been elected Worthy Patron.
Catherine Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Truman Moore of Walnut Ridge, has been selected as one of the new members of The Arkettes, a choral group at Arkansas State College in Jonesboro.
70 Years Ago
Surilda Doyle is teaching in the school at Sheridan. She taught school in Walnut Ridge for about 25 years.
Phillip Meadows, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Meadows, is now stationed at Yokosuka, Japan, with a Naval medical evacuation unit. Phillip writes his parents that his unit is working night and day dispatching wounded men to hospitals.
75 Years Ago
Charles Snapp, W.A. Dowell Jr., and H.A. McCollum were among the local sportsmen who went to Stuttgart this week to enjoy a duck hunt in the famous reservoirs at that place.
Capt. Melvin A. Manning has sailed from Okinawa for the states and expects to reach home about Dec. l. Mrs. Manning and their children are living in Walnut Ridge.
80 Years Ago
Max Sallings, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, has been promoted to sergeant in headquarters company of the ROTC at the University. Sallings is a graduate of the Walnut Ridge High School and a member of the varsity football squad.
Harold Callahan of Portia and Bill Jessen of Imboden were awarded football letters at Arkansas State College during the past week. Both boys were members of the varsity team.