June 20, 2007 Edition

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Summer is busy season

John Bland
Publisher

It may be summertime, but I don't believe our local folks are slowing down. Community events and the activities of Lawrence Countians continue at full speed.

Many local citizens are interested in this year's Miss Arkansas Pageant with Walnut Ridge's Hollyann Crum in the competition this week. Next week, upcoming WRHS sophomore ShayLee Lawhon will compete in the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant.

On Friday, the Chamber will host our state senator, Robert Thompson, for a quarterly lunch meeting at the Hoxie Service Center. On Saturday afternoon, a benefit softball game between Greenway Equipment in Walnut Ridge and Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab will be held at Stewart Park. This event will raise funds for Alzheimer's Arkansas.

On Sunday afternoon, the community will have a chance to say goodbye to our good friends, Rev. Steve and Judy Trail, who have been an important part of this community for almost 14 years.

Also on Sunday, everyone is invited to welcome home Claudia Wheeless, who has returned after a bone marrow transplant and three-month recovery in Jacksonville, Fla.

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Committee members for the Children's Shelter are working hard to promote an upcoming fund-raiser to help establish the shelter. The second annual Children's Shelter Benefit will be held June 30 at 8 p.m. at the Walnut Ridge Country Club.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a live auction will be held featuring celebrity and entertainment related items. Sound Xtreme with D.J. Andy Allen will provide dance music beginning at 9 p.m.

The Shelter volunteers are working extremely hard to get some great auction items.

Tickets to the benefit are $60 per couple or $35 per individual. To purchase tickets, contact one of the fund-raising committee members, including: Terri Lawrence, Julie Ponder, Cindy Lewis or Lee and Judy Turnbull.

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A week from Thursday will be the opening of the 102nd annual Fourth of July Portia Picnic. We always think of the Fourth of July as sort of a mid-point in the summer vacation.

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Later in July, on the 25th, Gina Jarrett, director of Main Street Paragould, is scheduled to come to Walnut Ridge to tell us about Paragould's history with the Main Street Arkansas Program. That event will be at 2 p.m. at the Gateway Theatre.

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