10 Years Ago
While the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives facility is not yet open to the public, the records that were once housed in the Powhatan Courthouse are back in Lawrence County. The materials that were donated to the NEARA by the Lawrence County Historical Society were moved from their temporary housing at the Arkansas State University library.
Fire departments from Alicia, Hoxie, Swifton and Tuckerman responded to a structure fire at The King of Clubs, located on Highway 67 South, near Swifton, on Monday, at approximately 1:20 a.m. The club, also known as Bob King’s, had been in operation since 1951 and helped establish the careers of several musicians including Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley and Johnny Cash.
Coy Yasler scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Hoxie senior boys basketball team to a 64-43 homecoming win over the Corning Bobcats. Zach Crisler scored 13 points, and Devin Roberts added 11 points for the Mustangs.
20 Years Ago
Leroy and Luella Scudder of Walnut Ridge will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception in the fellowship hall of First Free Will Baptist Church. Leroy Scudder and the former Luella Beary were married Dec. 16, 1950, in Walnut Ridge by Rev. Lonnie Walker.
David Barrentine, a student at Walnut Ridge, placed first chair, third band (seventh overall) at the junior high all-region competition. David plays the baritone under the direction of John Long.
Jo Beth Berry was chosen queen of the Walnut Ridge High School Winter Ball on Saturday evening. Her escort was Whitney Watson. Shelley Wilcoxson was first runner-up. Her escort was Jud McNeal. Second runner-up was Heather Prater. Her escort was Casey Tribble.
Wendell Hogan, Walnut Ridge High School principal, has presented this year’s Principal’s Leadership Award to Sarah Alls.
30 Years Ago
Kim McHaney, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Tom McHaney, was chosen as queen of the Walnut Ridge Winter Ball last Saturday night.
My name is Zachary Heath Witt. I am seven years old and in first grade at Strawberry. I would like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys, skateboard and some clothes. Please remember my little sister, Jordan, my family, all the other boys and girls in the world and our soldiers in Saudi Arabia. I will leave you some treats by the tree.
40 Years Ago
Eight students were selected recently as members of the Junior High All-Region Band, following tryouts at Pocahontas. They include: Karen Walker, Lynda Potter, Joey York, Mike Covey, Randy Pinkston, Mark Clark, Kay Lynn Brand and Jaye Walker.
Corinne Gibson Jones, a member of one of Lawrence County’s most prominent families, died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Jones, who was about 85, had been ill only briefly, having entered the hospital about a week prior to her death. She was the widow of Marvyn Jones, an engineer.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jones of Minturn are the parents of their first child, a son, born December 3, in Craighead Memorial Hospital. Charles Andrew weighed seven pounds, two ounces.
50 Years Ago
Two seniors on the Walnut Ridge High School football team were named to the Class A All-State team this week. They are: Randy Golden, 190 pound, 6-3 tackle, a stalwart lineman for the Bobcats in his high school career; and Mac McClain, 165 pound, 5-11 flankerback, high-scoring ace and a deadly broken-field runner.
60 Years Ago
J.H. Myers was appointed mayor of Black Rock.
An all-time high record vote was cast in Tuesday’s school election in the Walnut Ridge District as James F. Sloan III was elected to the school board.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Davis are the parents of a son, Dirk.
Paula Morgan Wiles and Billy Mac Ennis exchanged nuptial vows Sunday.
Mac Justus, Donny Linn, Harry Hyslop, Mac Evans, Richard Taylor, Bobcats, made All-District team.
70 Years Ago
Ernest Leslie Osburn, aged 53, died Monday afternoon at Lynn. Mr. Osburn was helping a brother kill hogs and had a heart attack. He was a veteran of World War I.
Abraham Lincoln Merritt, aged 88 years, died Monday night at the home of his daughter in Saffell. He was the husband of the late Martha Merritt.
Edward S. Lindsey, medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans, and Miss Jane Lindsey, student at Arkansas College in Batesville, are spending their Christmas holidays here with their parents, the Rev. and Mrs. E.A. Lindsey and Mack.
Mrs. J.L. Bland left yesterday for New York City to be with a sister, Miss Dove Evans, who is critically ill in a hospital in that city. Mrs. Bland drove to Memphis, where she obtained accommodations on an American Airlines flight.
80 Years Ago
Dud Bassett, aged 59, died at St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro Tuesday night, five hours after he was found unconscious on the floor of his office in the Production Credit Bank. Attending physicians said he had suffered a stroke.
Dr. O.K. Hukil, aged 67, died at his home in Egypt last Saturday morning after a brief illness with pneumonia. Dr. Hukil had complained of a heavy cold Tuesday but continued to call on patients and be available for office duty through Tuesday.
I am a little boy four years old. Just big enough for one of your small tricycles, so if you think I have been good enough, please bring me a red and white one. Please don’t forget my many friends and cousins, they have been good too.
Your little boy,
Leroy L. Johnson