10 Years Ago
Northeast Arkansas was hit by heavy rains and strong winds on Friday evening, causing flooding throughout the county and extensive damage in eastern Lawrence County. The storm system had winds measuring between 75 and 85 miles per hour. Uprooted trees and downed power poles were reported from the Minturn, Clover Bend and Alicia areas northward to College City. The National Weather Service said the damage was indicative of straight-line winds, although several residents reported seeing funnel clouds in the area.
Williams Baptist College softball player Karisa Hendrix was named national Pitcher of the Week by the NAIA. The freshman hurler was one unearned run away from throwing 41 scoreless innings in six American Midwest Conference victories last week. She threw five complete games, including a no-hitter against Stephens College.
The Lawrence County 4-H Foundation received a grant from Monsanto, courtesy of local farmer Roger Tinsley. Monsanto gave farmers in three states an opportunity to “plant” $2,500 in a county community organization through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities Project. Tinsley, one of 15 winners in Arkansas, chose the Lawrence County 4-H Foundation for the prize money. More than 30 youth and adults met on May 17 to thank Tinsley and celebrate with a pizza party.
20 Years Ago
A “roast and toast” retirement dinner was held Saturday evening at Fireman’s Hall in honor of Charles Harper of Walnut Ridge who recently retired after 31 years with the Arkansas State Police. He was involved in many programs to enhance the Arkansas State Police and created S1 R2, a trashcan robot that delighted children.
Sloan-Hendrix High School principal Mitch Walton has announced the honor graduates of the Class of 2000. The valedictorian is Billie Jolene Shirts, and Ben Williams is salutatorian. Other honor graduates include Dana Green, Allene Kirk, Jarrod Hobbs and Mandy Broadway.
Three Lawrence County residents were among Arkansas State University students honored recently with the President’s Scholar Award. The award is presented to the graduating senior in each college who has the highest grade point average. Andrea Smith of Walnut Ridge received the award for the College of Business, Carrie Orrick Doyle of Portia was the recipient in the College of Education and Melissa Privett of Hoxie was the award winner in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
The Walnut Ridge High School girls’ tennis team won the overall District 3AA Tournament on April 17 at West Memphis. Members of the team are Rhonda Brand, Amanda Johnson, Natalie Golden and Kris Tidwell. Johnson and Golden won the girls’ doubles trophy and will compete in the state tournament at Fairfield Bay.
Zach Witt, a River Valley High School student, participated in the AAO Top 25 Basketball Camp April 14-15 in Fayetteville. Competitiors from all over the state competed in dunking, three-point and free-throw contests. Witt earned first place honors in the free-throw contest.
Thirty Walnut Ridge sixth-graders and their sponsors leave Sunday for their trip to Yellowstone National Park. Students making the trip are: Jake Barrentine, Kaylee Brown, Courtney Carson, Maegon Collier, Amber Collins, Jeremy Cook, Hollyann Crum, Savannah Dail, Makisha Dail, Brandi Duncan, Eric Duncan, Ben Engelken, Cory Evans, Cameo Forehand, Laura Freeman, Britney Fultner, Emily Henry, Adam Hufstedler, David Hurst, Logan Jean, Sarah Manning, Dillon McEntire, Jennifer Roacho, Alexa Smelser, Zac Stuart, Heather Tidwell, Malory Tidwell, Justin Walters, Natalee Williams and Kathryn Caldwell. The chaperones are: LaDohnna Freeman, Lana Jean, Suzanne Harp, Dyan Heard, Ted Dail, Vickie Henry and Mark Stuart.
30 Years Ago
Freda Willmuth, WRHS Student Council advisor, has received the Warren E. Shull Advisor of the Year Award for Arkansas. This is the second consecutive year that Willmuth has received this honor.
Mike Woodson of Walnut Ridge was recently named the new “Drug Free” Arkansas state record holder in the 275-pound weightlifting class.
Dr. Bob Magee of Southern Baptist College was recently selected as winner of the 1989-90 Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.
40 Years Ago
Teddy Ray Wyatt has been named valedictorian of the Hoxie graduating class of 1980. The co-salutatorians are Penny Diann Martin and Carol Ann Belk.
The average salary of a classroom teacher in Lawrence County for 1979-80 is an estimated $12,104. When certified personnel (superintendents, principals, etc.) are included, the average salary is estimated at $12,467 in the county.
John Bland is one of three seniors honored at the University of Arkansas by the Sigma Chi Fraternity. The three seniors were awarded keys by Omega Omega Chapter of Sigma Chi for outstanding contributions to the fraternity.
50 Years Ago
Herschel Smith of Imboden was elected president of the Lawrence County Education Association at the group’s final meeting of the school year, Monday night at Hoxie High School.
KRLW radio station will locate all its operation in mid-summer in a new radio studio building at the old transmitter site on Highway 25 east.
Walnut Ridge’s Mac McClain set a new record in the 440-yard dash in the A-B Division of the annual Northeast Arkansas Relays held Saturday at Kays Stadium at Arkansas State University. Mac ran the event in 50.3 seconds.
Larry Croom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Croom of Imboden, has been named an Outstanding Teenager of America for 1970.
60 Years Ago
H.E. Williams, 47, president of Southern Baptist College, announced his plans to enter the Arkansas governor’s race here today.
J.H. Myers has been named coordinator of the highway beautification program in Lawrence County, it was announced this week.
70 Years Ago
An 11-year old schoolboy was killed and his sister injured last Friday afternoon when they were struck by a car as they crossed Highway 25, five miles southwest of Powhatan. The children, students in Lynn schools, had alighted from a school bus. They passed behind the bus and were hit by the car as they walked onto the highway.
Valedictorian of the 1950 graduating class at Hoxie High School is Kenneth Swan. Wanda Slayton earned the honor of salutatorian of the class. John and Swan Dowell Swindle have purchased the local Gulf distributorship from Everette Steele, and assumed operation of the business last Saturday.
75 Years Ago
Hugh B. McCullough, aged 55, died Monday evening, April 30, at 7 o’clock at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis where he had been a patient for the past fortnight. The deceased was a lifetime resident of Alicia, having been born and reared there, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.J. McCullough, outstanding and pioneer citizens of that community.
Dr. John W. Bruce, 55, of Hoxie died Monday afternoon in a hospital at Newport, where he had been a patient for less than an hour.
R.E. Whitlow, aged 88, resident of near Saffell for 50 years, died at his home Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, following an illness of three months, of heart trouble.
Superintendent A.W. Rainwater announced to the senior class Monday that Maggie Lou Kirkpatrick is the top honor graduate and that Geraldine Jung is the second honor graduate of the class.
80 Years Ago
Max Sallings, a student in the college of Agriculture, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, spent last weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sallings, at Lauratown.