August 12, 2009 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

The TD staff gives an open invitation to everyone to stop by our office for the Chamber's "Business After Hours" this Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. We are also celebrating our 100th year of publication.

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The TD recently received a nice note from Isabel (Mrs. L.L.) Cochran of Piggott. Mrs. Cochran, wrote, "I was a long-time resident of Lawrence County, and my mother, Mrs. Joe Belk, was a faithful writer to your paper. I am 102 years old but still look forward to The Times."

Mrs. Cochran has several Walnut Ridge and Hoxie relatives and taught school in Hoxie for many years. We believe she is the oldest living graduate of both Hoxie High School and Arkansas State University.

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The Rails to Trails path through Hoxie and Walnut Ridge gives a whole different perspective on the towns. My sister, Beth, of Brooklyn, NY, is an avid walker and was on the trail the first day she arrived here for a visit.

Walking the entire paved trail, from the trailhead in Hoxie at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks, through Walnut Ridge, almost to Hwy. 67B North, took us about 40 minutes. I was surprised how quickly the time passed. Familiar landmarks looked surprisingly different when viewed from the trail. It reminded me how different Walnut Ridge and Hoxie looked from the vantage points along the bypass, when it first opened. We were also surprised that a lot of the trail has the feel of being out in the countryside, despite going through the middle of the towns.

On our Sunday evening walk, we passed others who were enjoying the trail, including another walker and also a father and son on their bicycles. The trail, which will eventually extend to College City, is for both walkers and non-motorized bikers.

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We extend our thanks to Anthony and Angie Shields, and their two children, Phoebe and Memphis, who have adopted a black kitten that was hunkered down at the back of The TD building recently. TD staffer Tammy Whitehead offered the kitten to them, and they have named it "TD."

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