October 25, 2006 Edition

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By John Bland

Our family has been very interested in Charlotte Wheeless' three-week experiences in Japan. See the front page of the People & Events section. Charlotte teaches fifth and sixth grade science at the Walnut Ridge School. It is a new era when a teacher gets to experience that and share it with her students, before, during and after. Her videoconferences from 6,000 miles away and a 14-hour difference in time zones was pretty amazing.

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There are many large families in or that originated in Lawrence County, but it is rare when one has so many family members continue to reside in the area. One family, the family of Carl and Imogene Marlin, have many descendants, most of whom live in or near Lawrence County. Carl died a few years ago, and his wife, Imogene, died Monday.

Descendants include a son, five daughters, 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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A 737 jet flew out of Walnut Ridge's Swindle Field, reported Ken Newcom, airport manager. Apparently, Universal Asset Management occasionally sells a plane intact, rather than dismantling it. This is probably the third similar-sized jet to be sold by UAM and to fly out of our airport

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Organizers have worked very hard on the Iron Mountain Festival scheduled for Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge. There are many and varied activities, some to benefit local and state charities, being held throughout the day and Saturday evening. See you there.

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Many readers were familiar with Dr. Kyle Guimon, Walnut Ridge native and missionary in Uganda in recent years. Kyle died in February, but his wife, Debbie, and son, Matthew, are back in Uganda for a 10-day visit.

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