January 9, 2008 Edition

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Family, friends say goodbye
to deployed Guard members

These members of the Hoxie sixth grade class were among many who lined the roadside as busses carrying members of the local National Guard unit rolled down Highway 67B. The soldiers left Walnut Ridge, Monday, bound for Mississippi to complete training and then to Iraq for a second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Members of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Company A, 2nd Battalion, 153rd Family and friends, area citizens, school students and local officials turned out Monday morning at Robert Armory and along Hwy. 67B to say goodbye and show support to members of the local Arkansas Army National Guard unit.

Guard units from Walnut Ridge and Rector left Monday morning from Robert Armory in Walnut Ridge for Camp Shelby, Miss., to complete training before departing in a few weeks for their second tour in Iraq.

Tears flowed and many hugs and kisses given as the goodbyes were expressed to the members of A Company, Second Battalion, 153rd Infantry of the 39th Infantry Brigade. The inside of the armory and front lawn were filled as family and friends spent their last moments together with loved ones before the Guard's departure at approximately 10:40 a.m.

Members of the Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance served cookies, provided by area churches, while Kathy Bradley of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce handed out miniature flags, as well as tissues for those shedding tears. The flags were furnished by the Chamber and Wal-Mart.

Gates named WRPD chief

Mayor Michelle Rogers announced Tuesday that Sgt. Leslie Gates has been promoted to the role of chief of police at the Walnut Ridge department.

Chaney is one of two Arkansas
retired teachers to reach age 104

Mrs. Pauline Chaney began her teaching career during the 1922-23 school year in a one-room schoolhouse in Minturn, Arkansas (Lawrence County). One of the main furnishings was a big stove in the middle of the classroom, and she or one of the parents would come early each morning to stoke the fire before class started.

Break-ins reported in WR

Three Walnut Ridge businesses were broken into some time over the weekend, according to Det. David Burnside of the Walnut Ridge Police Department.

Willmuth honored on retirement

Friends, colleagues and patients of Walnut Ridge dentist Dr. Harold N. Willmuth attended a retirement reception in his honor. The event was held Friday, Jan. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church.

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