May 30, 2007 Edition

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Holiday weekend activities
held across county


David Doyle (from left), guest speaker and graduate of Clover Bend; John David Patterson; and Joe Ward, event coordinator, raise the flag at the annual Clover Bend Reunion held last weekend.
Amber Adams
Staff Writer

Memorial Day weekend offered activities for all ages throughout Lawrence County.

Walnut Ridge held its annual fishing derby for kids ages three to 12, with over 100 children participating.

"We had an excellent turnout," said Mayor Michelle Rogers. "I was very pleased when they told me that this year was the largest ever."

Clover Bend held its annual Memorial Day reunion over the weekend, as well. The event began on Friday afternoon with tours of the school building, followed by a dinner in the auditorium and a viewing of "A Place Called Home," a documentary on Clover Bend.

Saturday's events kicked off with a ceremony held at the Alice French Memorial Bell. Anders Reynolds, of Congressman Marion Berry's office, presented the Clover Bend Historical Site with an American flag on behalf of Berry. He also read a letter from Berry pledging his support to the preservation of the site.

David Doyle, a graduate of Clover Bend and retired Army colonel spoke of his memories of growing up in the community.

"No matter where I was in the world," said Doyle, "I remembered the caring and sharing of our community."

Following the ceremony, a community singing was held in the auditorium and names of classmates who have passed away since the last reunion were read. Afterward, members of the Class of 1957 were inducted into the 50-year club.

Sloan-Hendrix also held an All School Reunion over the weekend. Saturday evening a banquet was held at the school cafeteria where Ancel Matthews was honored.

Several other class and family reunions were also held over the holiday.

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