Drake Smelser (from left), Alexa Smelser, Maci Smelser and Jerimy Smelser, holding Cooper Smelser are the grandchildren and great-grandson (Cooper) of Peaberry and Shirley Smelser of Walnut Ridge.
Even though the war efforts in Iraq continue month after month, Lawrence County has continued its support and concern for our National Guard and Army personnel who are serving our country there. I think the support given by groups and individuals in our county is vital and should be applauded. Many of us have been affected by family members or friends who have or will be deployed to Iraq. 1st Lt. Jeremy Tillman, who has many connections to Lawrence County, was injured in Baghdad at the beginning of this month. Colonel Robert Gardner, a native of Hoxie and a local dentist, will be leaving the end of this week to perform another rotation with the Guard in Iraq. Also, our local Arkansas National Guard unit is preparing now for deployment in 2008.