February 11, 2009 Edition

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John Bland
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Sarah Shell Teague of El Dorado writes that this summer will mark the 35th anniversary since a group of Walnut Ridge students held a trampoline marathon in an effort to make the Guinness World Records. Sarah said that she would like to plan a reunion and that Coach Linda Ringo, who assisted with the marathon, assured her that if at all possible, she'd attend.

Any of the former'trampolinos,' as Paul Bennett's father used to term them, can e-mail her at: sshellt@suddenlink.net. "Hope we can make this happen. I look forward to standing in the WRHS gym again," she wrote.

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Just about anyone you talk with has a great story to tell of his or her adventures during the ice storm and power outage. Most also have thanks or praise to give one person or a group.

Darlene Moore of Walnut Ridge said she did not pass a utility truck or worker without attempting to wave or say "thank you" to them for their hard work and long hours in restoring our power.

Kandy Hart, who helped oversee the Walnut Ridge Community Center Shelter during the night shift, had praise for those who assisted her during those hours. She mentioned Shantel Butts, an eighth grade student, as well as the Walnut Ridge Fire Department and Dee and Butch Harris.

Kim Keen, elementary principal for the Walnut Ridge School, said that she thought Carrie Massey, a WRHS senior, deserved special recognition for spending most of her out-of-school days volunteering at the shelter, which closed early this week.

Others were grateful to the men of John 3:16 Ministries, Inc. for their assistance to many area residents in helping with the cleanup of downed trees and branches. While others praised Mayor Michelle Rogers and the hospital for efforts to provide shelter and food.

My mother was grateful to her neighbors, the Kerry and Mary Jane Callahan family, who used their backhoe to clear heavy limbs from her yard. Her good neighbors, D.G. and Celina Rorex and family and Jack and Mary Jo Wolf, pitched in to help her with limbs after the storm system from Ike roared through in September.

These are just some of the people and incidents mentioned to me. No doubt there are others too numerous to mention.

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