10 Years Ago
The Lawrence County Historical Society has launched a new website at www.lchsar.org. The site offers news and articles of interest, upcoming events and a brief history of the county and its towns. There is also a gallery of historical photographs. Jon Walter, a member of the Society, did the programming and database development. Walter’s daughter, Janie, a graphic design student at ASU did the logo and site design.
A two-vehicle accident on Highway 67 South, near Midway Road, resulted in major damage to both vehicles, as well as damage to the Farm Service Tire Center and gas station after one of the vehicles struck the building.
The Lawrence County School District held a groundbreaking to officially begin a $4.6 million construction project for a new science, fine arts and P.E./field house complex on the Walnut Ridge campus.
Becca Sloan, an eighth-grader at Hoxie, was the champion speller at the Lawrence County Spellling Bee, held at the Black Rock multi-purpose building.
Hoxie Family Consumer Science teacher Missy Rice and students Kyli Powers, Zach Allen, Corbyn Martin and Elizabeth Stevens were honored at a gala luncheon hosted by Economics Arkansas at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. The team was honored for their participation in the Fall 2010 semester of the Arkansas Stock Market Game. Hoxie received first place in the senior high division for region four.
20 Years Ago
Dr. Ted S. Lancaster, a family physician in Walnut Ridge, has completed continuing medical education requirements to retain active membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association of family doctors.
Capt. Chad Crank was recently appointed company commander of a newly-formed U.S. Army Basic Training Company in Ft. Jackson, S.C. Captain Crank was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June of 1996. He is the son of Robert Crank of Walnut Ridge and the late Martha Jackson.
The River Valley Rangers won the senior boys division of the Lawrence County Basketball Tournament on Saturday. Team members are: Zach Witt, Courtney Durham, Zach Dickinson, Shaun Milde, Brice Howard, Jared Jones, Matt Cook, Trey Highfield, Adam Huskey, Dustin Bagwell and Greg Parsley. The team is coached by Shawn Rose.
The Hoxie High School Lady Mustangs won their division of the Lawrence County Tournament on Friday. Team members are: LeAnne Foley, Cortney Goodwin, Randi LeBlanc, Brittany Richey, Christie Munn, Krystan Dorton, Kristen Myers, Brittany Smith, Lindsey Bullard, Tiffany Smith and Lauren Baker. Their coach is Scott Gaunt. Jason Hughes is assistant coach and Mark Taylor is manager.
The Walnut Ridge junior boys won first place in their division of the Lawrence County Basketball Tournament on Friday. The team includes: Andrew Watson, Jonathon Rorex, Derek Smith, Austin Lawhon, Ronnie Tagge, Chance Weeks, Brandon Evans, Brett Shrable, Kai Rorex, Ryan Belcher, Kirk Simms and Cody Holland. Coaches are Joe Fisher and Derek Bramlett.
The River Valley Junior Lady Rangers won their division in the county tournament on Saturday. Team members are: Cassie Huskey, Logan Coles, Tara Wilson, Brooke Huskey, Amanda Anderson, Megan Johnson, Elizabeth Higgins, Kim Mize, Christina Wilson, Ashton Vaulner, Holly Mize, Brenn Dickinson and April Durham. Trisha Provence is their coach.
Laura Dunn, a senior member of the Sloan-Hendrix Band, has been named to the Arkansas All-State first band.
30 Years Ago
Jenny Mason, a Hoxie High School student, made second band, 2lst chair, in the clarinet section of the All-State band at tryouts held Saturday at Henderson State University.
Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers, spoke Tuesday morning at Williams Baptist to an estimated crowd of 1,000.
Hoxie senior boys and junior girls and Sloan-Hendrix senior girls and junior boys are basketball champions in the 1991 Lawrence County Tournament.
Sarah Ellen Shackelford has received a $100 savings bond from First National Bank. Born on Jan. l, she was the first Lawrence County baby born this year.
40 Years ago
Miss Rebecca Sloan Andrews, aged 83, of Walnut Ridge died last Wednesday in Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was a successful rug designer.
FBLA officers at Strawberry include: Tracy Doyle, co-historian; Beverly McGee, historian; Rebecca Gray, treasurer; Patti Herzig, vice-president; Luanne Boles, president; Tamyra Huskey, secretary; Pam Massey, reporter; Dena Mize, parliamentarian; and Vickie Maxwell, songleader.
Robert K. Bennett was honored recently at First Presbyterian Church in Paragould with a surprise potluck dinner and celebration honoring his 25 years in the ministry. Many from his church in Walnut Ridge attended.
50 Years Ago
Walnut Ridge will lose one of its five physicians this week. Dr. James H. Hickman will close his offices Friday afternoon and starting next Monday will be associated with Dr. Robinette in Jonesboro.
The Arkansas Education Association has announced that W.R. Glenn of Walnut Ridge has been elected AEA District II director by a clear majority. Lawrence County’s official population in the 1970 census was 16,320, down 5.5 percent from the 1960 figure of 17,267, the Bureau of Census, U.S. Department of Commerce, reports.
60 Years Ago
Lawrence County’s new rest home, now nearing completion at the hospital site, will be called Lawrence Hall. Mrs. N.A. Mock of Walnut Ridge submitted the winning name.
Residents of Hoxie began getting their mail in the newly completed $35,000 post office on Monday.
Jimmy Snapp was elected president at the annual banquet of the Walnut Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
First Lt. Emmett Slayton Jr. is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Slayton, at Minturn, preparatory to leaving Feb. 14 for a tour of duty at Hanau, Germany.
70 Years Ago
W. Warren Miller, veteran supervisor of elementary schools in Walnut Ridge, and K.E. Vance, superintendent of the Black Rock schools, will receive degrees of master of science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Saturday.
Oral Mays, superintendent of the Federal Compress and Warehouse Company, was elected Scoutmaster of the Walnut Ridge troop by the Chamber of Commerce yesterday. Mr. Mays succeeds Henry Rainwater.
Manford Robert, owner of Robert’s Dry Goods Store, announced this week that he has acquired the stock and fixtures of the Outlet Store located on Main Street.
Lawrence County just about took over the offices of the Sigma Chi chapter at the University of Arkansas when a midterm election of officers was held recently. Tom Sloan of Strawberry was elected president, J.C. Land Jr. of Walnut Ridge was elected vice president and Jack Sloan of Black Rock was re-elected house manager.
75 Years Ago
Mayor O.A. Sullens of Hoxie told The Times Dispatch Friday morning that he had presided at 176 trials in municipal court at Hoxie in the nine and one-half months he has been in office.
Kathleen Cassidy checked her accounts at the post office in Walnut Ridge last Saturday evening and closed a civil service career that had carried to within a few weeks of 21 years. She started to work in the local post office under the late Carrick D. White, when the post office was on the north side of Main Street. She served successively under Postmasters B.B. Fisher, C.C. Snapp, J.J. Sharum and Jerry Bassett.