July 22, 2009 Edition

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Breaking News

By John Bland

Breaking News: If you visit www.thetd.com from time to time you are likely to see this heading. While our website is updated each week, there are often noteworthy stories that we post throughout the week. Our website also features a section on the left-hand column called "Daily News." In this section, we post abbreviated obituaries of deaths that have occurred since our last print edition, and we have a scoreboard for game scores when area school sports teams are in action.

At the recent Arkansas Press Association, speakers talked about keeping newspapers relevant and up-to-date in the age of instant and electronic communications. Updating websites with daily information is one way, and other newspapers are also connecting to their readers through Facebook, Twitter and by mobile phone.

While we have not tried the later suggestions, we do realize that our readers want news of big events or deaths, as soon as possible, and not a week later. Please do visit our website. It won second place among all weeklies for best web design, and we are proud of Angie Skimahorn, online editor, Vivian and Larry Heyl and all our staff who deserve the credit.

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We are especially proud of Walnut Ridge's Hollyann Crum, who completed the Miss Arkansas Pageant held Saturday night as third alternate. We are not aware of anyone from our area who has done this well in the pageant. After having had Hollyann as a TD intern this past spring, we were not surprised with her high ranking in the pageant.

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Sometimes we preserve history on purpose, and sometimes it just happens by accident. Robert Gall of Gall Construction and Fencing was working on one of Chris Harper's rent houses in Walnut Ridge when he found a letter behind a door facing.

The letter from the Memphis Press Schmitar was encouraging its carriers to sign up new customers for a chance to win a trip to New Orleans. The front of the envelope simply said D. Bartlett, Walnut Ridge.

Our editor Gretchen Hunt asked longtime employee Hope Segraves if the name meant anything to her and was referred to Anita Bartlett Howard. Anita correctly guessed that the letter was addressed to her brother, David Bartlett, who now lives in Lenora City, Tenn., where he owns and operates a Sonic.

David said he worked as a carrier for the Memphis newspaper in 1962 and 1963, so the letter had probably been behind that face board for more than 45 years. We sent the letter on to David, and he was looking forward to seeing this piece of his past again.

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