October 1, 2008 Edition

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Grandparents' corner

Aiden Howard, 13 months, is the grandson of Mechelle Teel, Kenny and Stacey Howard, all of Jonesboro, and Kendall and Martha Treece of Paragould.

He is the great-grandson of Tony and Linda Teel and Minnie Howard of Walnut Ridge. His great-great-grandparents are William and Knowles Teel of Walnut Ridge and Opal Wasson of Ft. Smith.

Aiden is the son of Jeremy and Kendra Howard of Junction City, Kans.

Memories of Hob
Nob and recent
trip to Walnut Ridge

I sure hated it when I heard the Hob Nob café in Walnut Ridge had burned down.

When I was a teenager the good old boy network from Swifton would sneak up to Walnut Ridge on a Saturday afternoon, and that cafˇ was one of the hangouts.

Walnut Ridge city girls seemed so different ~ did I say different? Nah, not really, just girls from the big city. It seemed talking to them was sort of a taboo, a journey into the unknown for us old clod-hopping country boys.

I have lots of memories of Cokes and hamburgers while we listened to the newest songs on the jukebox sitting in the booths at that little cafe. I can't recall a single girl's name, though, and my wife is happy about that.

Back in the '80s, when was my father was in a nursing home just outside Walnut Ridge, I was living in Little Rock. Once a month I came to Walnut Ridge and took my dad out for lunch. His choice of restaurants was the Hob Nob, because he loved the buffet.

I loved the buffet and the nostalgic feeling that came over me each time I entered.

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