March 12, 2008 Edition

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Lawrence Co. 4-H
deserves a salute, thanks

It has been fun ~ and work ~ to put together a special section in this week's TD saluting the 100th anniversary of 4-H in Arkansas with a focus on Lawrence County. Our staff appreciates very much the help and support we received from many people. It couldn't have been done without the current and former staff of the Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service, current and former 4-H members and leaders and the many supporting advertisers.

We have gone through scrapbooks, many old photos and interviewed many people. The more research we did, the more we realized that the salute could not be a complete and comprehensive history. We apologize in advance, as we know that not all names and faces that have played a major part in our county's 4-H program will be included.

We did, however, try to touch on several highlights and eras in the life of 4-H in Lawrence County. We join many others in saying "thank you" to the past and present 4-H leaders and members for their contributions through the years to our county.

While the 100th anniversary salute focuses on the past, we note that the present-day 4-H Clubs appear to be as active, evolving and more varied than ever. We hope our coverage of these clubs, their activities and accomplishments will continue to fill more pages of The TD for many years to come.

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Support needed for
Downtown Network effort

No one would deny that downtown Walnut Ridge is in need of renovation and new life. That is why The TD wholeheartedly supports and applauds the organizers who are striving to become a part of the Arkansas Downtown Network, a division of the Main Street Arkansas program.

This program is all about promoting economic development, renovation and rejuvenation of downtowns.

In the words of those behind the local effort, the quality and appearance of our downtown is vital to the future of the community. The downtown area often is the first and most lasting impression that one receives when visiting our area.

We realize the future of our local communities can be greatly influenced for the good by working to make our area a more desirable place to attract others to live. A vibrant, attractive downtown is a key element needed for that.

While Main Street and downtown Walnut Ridge is not what it once was, we think it can be something different and something better. We also think these efforts can be contagious. As one business makes improvements, others will want to do likewise.

If you care about the future of this area, we think the effort to join the Arkansas Downtown Network is an effort worthy of support. Our application must include letters of support from a wide base of people. Contributions are also needed, as a minimum financial base of $4,200 is needed to start the program.

Letter and contributions can be sent to: Lorra Whitmire, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 509, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476. Letters are needed this week.

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