January 9, 2008 Edition

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Family, friends say farewell to soldiers

SHOWING SUPPORT ~ Valerie Orrick and her daughters, Mia (left) and Mackenzie, were among those who lined Highway 67B on Monday morning to see members of the local National Guard unit leave for a deployment to Iraq.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

SIGNS OF LOVE ~ Brandi Bonner (left) and Malonni Cornell show their support of the soldiers. The girls, along with other Hoxie High School art students, created posters and then displayed them as members of the local National Guard unit left town on Monday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

PARTICIPATE IN SENDOFF ~Several Walnut Ridge sixth graders, including Megan Rash (from foreground), Dylan Smith, Aaron Fisher and Dalton Ford, along with their teacher, Linda Pierce, were able to attend the sendoff for the local National Guard unit.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Flags held by Jeb and Allison Bridges, children of Daniel and Deedee Bridges of Clover Bend and students at Walnut Ridge School, wave in the wind on Monday morning. They have a cousin, Rachel Bryant, who is part of the unit headquartered in Beebe. She will also be traveling with the 39th to Iraq.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

GUARD DEPARTS ~ Ruth Ann Lawson (from left) and son, Jacob, of Walnut Ridge were at Robert Army on Monday to say goodbye to her brother, Terry Green of Jonesboro, who left Jan. 8 with members of the local Arkansas National Guard unit. The unit is part of the 39th Infantry Brigade, which is now in Camp Shelby, Miss., where they will remain for several weeks before their deployment to Iraq.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

FAMILY GOODBYE ~ John Stowers (center) of Hoxie left Jan. 8 with the local Arkansas National Guard unit for Camp Shelby, Miss., from where they will deploy in a few weeks to Iraq. With him are (from left) nieces Sara Carter and Victoria Tidwell; his mother, Connie, and nephew, Trenton Tidwell. His father, John, who was deployed in the first Gulf War, and sister, Mary Tidwell, were also present to see him off.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

GUARD UNIT PREPARES FOR DUTY IN IRAQ ~ Machelle Smith (second, from right) gathered with family and friends before her departure on Jan. 8 from Walnut Ridge with the Arkansas National Guard. After a few weeks of final preparations at Camp Shelby, Miss., the 39th Infantry Brigade will leave for deployment in Iraq. With Smith are her mother, Barbara Smith of Pocahontas; her daughters, Emily and Cheyenne Smith, who attend Hoxie School, and Brandon Johnson and Tim Porter, both of Little Rock.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

TROOP SUPPORTS TROOPS ~ Sara Hoffman (from left), Georgia Johnson, Rhonda Snyder, Cassie Sapp, Tina Hoffman and (back) Aaron Hoffman represented Walnut Ridge Girl Scout Troop 222 at the send-off.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

SAYING FAREWELL ~ Amy Tyson (from left), Katie Smith, Joie Graham, Lynn Poff, Linda Grissom and Hoxie Mayor Donnie Roberts were among those who gathered at the intersection of Highway 67B and Highway 63B in Hoxie to see the soldiers off.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

WATCHING FOR THE BUSSES ~ Junior Briner (from left), Marlyn Tate and Sherry Moore watch for the busses during Monday's send-off of the local National Guard unit.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE ~ Flower Basket employees Kelsie Jones (from left), Marsha Williams, Linda Hancock and Charla Endsley displayed red, white and blue balloons as the National Guard soldiers left on Monday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

MANY ATTEND SEND-OFF ~ Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers was among the many local citizens who turned out on Monday to see off members of the local National Guard unit as they left Walnut Ridge for Camp Shelby, Miss.
TD Photo ~ Vivian Heyl

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