October 11, 2006 Edition

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Fall frenzy

By John Bland

The Parachute Inn at the Walnut Ridge Airport's Swindle Field is the featured topic in yet another publication. The Batesville Guard featured Donna Robertson, owner, and her 737 Southwest Jet airplane dining room on the front page of their Sept. 27 issue. The headline reads, "Plane good food!!" Robertson said this about receiving the airplane for use as a dining room: "It's been a blessing and a nightmare. I know some people think I'm just 'plane' crazy."

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We have reached the high season for fall activities, festivals and events, all of which are worthy of news coverage. On top of this, the General Election on Nov. 7 is less than a month away with early and absentee voting starting around Oct. 23.

This Saturday, Walk of Hope organizers are asking all to walk and support our cancer survivors and sufferers. This weekend is also the annual reunion for members of the 725th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, whose members were stationed at the Walnut Ridge airbase between 1956 and 1963. On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will give a presentation on the Ten Commandments at Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Members of the Business and Professional Women's Club will be celebrating National Business Women's Week next week, and the Kiwanis Club will hold its annual radio auction fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 21.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the annual Iron Mountain Fall Festival will be held again in downtown Walnut Ridge, while Black Rock will host its Foothills Celebration the first weekend in November.

High school football and volleyball continues, while some schools are beginning their basketball seasons. Other school activities are in high gear.

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We congratulate Lawrence Health Services administrator Leah Osbahr, who has been named Arkansas' Young Hospital Administrator of the Year by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Lawrence Health Services is the county's largest employer. The public is invited to a reception in her honor Friday at 2 p.m. at the LHS administrative conference room.

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Our hats are off to neighboring Pocahontas. They went all out with their three weekends long celebration of their sesquicentennial. Thanks to Joe Martin, a permanent museum housing the city's history has now been established in the downtown area.

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