October 15, 2008 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland

As you read this week's TD, you have probably noticed that the page size has been slightly reduced. The TD is printed by The Jonesboro Sun, which made the switch to the smaller page size.

The reduced page size is an effort to conserve on newsprint, which like many other commodities, continues to escalate in price. It is our hope that readers will like the more compact size, that it will help counteract the rising costs but have little effect on the end product.

Lawrence Countians did a phenomenal job this past weekend in Louisa May Alcott's American classic, "Little Women," at The Forum in Jonesboro. The four daughters of Dr. Bobby and Karen Shackelford of Walnut Ridge, Rachel, Rebekah, Hannah and Abigail, performed in the production, while their younger brother, Luke, worked behind stage. Meshayla Payne of Hoxie also had a featured role. They each seemed perfectly cast for their roles and truly brought their characters to life.


At the Walnut Ridge School, band parents operate the concession stands during junior and senior high ball games to help raise funds for the band. After three or four basketball games last year and a couple of football games this year, Renee and I thought we were fairly experienced, but despite warnings, we were not prepared for the crowd that would descend on us during the homecoming game Friday night.

We arrived a little after 6 p.m., took our positions with a team of five or six others and opened for business. Things started off easy enough, but soon we were bombarded with non-stop business. Apparently, out on the field, the festivities took place, the game began and a halftime came and went. At some point, when we finally did look beyond our counter, the scoreboard noted it was the fourth quarter.

With all the constant hustling, the four-plus hours flew by in a blur. Dee Dee Bridges was in charge, and our crew worked quite well as a team and had a lot of fun with a bit of joking throughout the evening. Not unlike the football teams, we were much in need of some recovery time after the game.


Please tune in this Saturday morning to the annual Kiwanis Radio Auction on KRLW 13:20 or FM 106.3. Not only will there be bargains, but you will help support the Kiwanis Club's effort to fund projects that benefit children and youth in the county.


We continue each week to hear people rave about the new Lawrence County Library, located downtown in the former Hutcherson Furniture building. Ashley Burris and her staff have done a fabulous job creating a first-class library that is both up-to-date and quite attractive.


It is obvious that the Chamber of Commerce's Iron Mountain Festival Committee members are knocking themselves out to have a fantastic festival on Oct. 25 in downtown Walnut Ridge. They are not content just to repeat the same tried and true events, but keep tweaking the line up of activities to come up with a better festival each year.

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