October 17, 2007 Edition

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What's going on

John Bland

People often ask me 'what's going on,' and although I don't always have big news to share, there is a lot going on in our area ...

Please remember to tune in this Saturday morning to the Kiwanis Club's annual radio auction on 106.3 FM and 1320 AM. Area merchants have donated many great items, and all money raised goes to in-county projects, mostly for children and youth.


It has been interesting to witness the number of Bobcat football players who also march with the WRHS PRIDE band on Friday nights. They make it look easy, but switching from football plays to marching routines and back to football must take practice and commitment. The same goes for the one cheerleader-flute player.


It was most fitting that Bro. Lowell Graham and his wife, Beatrice, of Walnut Ridge were honored for 53 years of service in the Free Will Baptist ministry. They have served several area churches over those years and are well-known in this area.


Saturday, Oct. 27, will be a big day in downtown Walnut Ridge. Plans are being finalized for the Iron Mountain Festival and the Lawrence County Walk of Hope, both of which take place on that day. Details can be found elsewhere in this edition.


Our returning military men and women ~ as well as those beginning a new mobilization ~ are getting much deserved attention. Reporter Amber Adams said the Imboden Salute to the Military was an exceptional event with a big crowd and good organization.


We easily overlook our great assets, and one of them is Williams Baptist College. Dr. Jerol Swaim, president, shared recently with the Chamber all that has been going on at Williams. The continual progress, adding of new academic degrees and upgrading of the campus is impressive.


Many of us are looking forward to cooler weather after such a long, hot and dry summer. A reliable source reports that the average first frost for our area is Oct. 25.

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