July 7, 2010 Edition

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Congratulations, Boothe family

John Bland
Publisher

Hardworking and likeable are two words to describe the 2010 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year, brothers Jeff and Terry Boothe and their families of Walnut Ridge. (Read about them in section B.) Their families include: Jeff and Christy Boothe, Adam, Shane and Jessica, Terry and Vicki Boothe and Kari, as well as Jeff and Terry's parents, Glenn and Edna Boothe.

Terry and Jeff's grandfathers, Ethan Dodd and Henan Boothe, both farmed, so apparently farming was in their blood. Jeff and Terry started farming on a small scale, but through hard work and good business decisions they now farm more than 2,000 acres, as well as raising more than 100 head of cattle on their farm at Smithville.

It is also evident that the Boothes enjoy having fun and spending time together. The Boothe family is a perfect example that our people are Lawrence County's greatest resource.

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The 18th annual "Hooten's Arkansas Football" 432-page magazine (or book) features duel covers this year. One shows the Arkansas Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett, along with former Razorback quarterbacks. The other cover features Arkansas State Red Wolves running back Derek Lawson, receiver Taylor Stockemer and coach Steve Roberts.

Derek Lawson is the son of Ed and Tracy Lawson of Walnut Ridge and Vivian Phillips of Jonesboro. He will begin his third season on the Arkansas State University football team this fall.

Lawson finished the 2009 season with 244 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving. With playing time in all 12 of the Red Wolves' 2009 games, he also scored two touchdowns.

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A resident of Hoxie noted Tuesday that Hwy. 63B, that runs from Hoxie through the edge of the Walnut Ridge city limits, has been freshly mowed and reveals lots of hidden trash. We agreed that instilling pride in our communities and people begins at an early age.

He also shared the following story with me. It illustrates well that nobody wants other people's litter.

A U.S. Army second lieutenant was driving a general around England during World War II. While stopped, the second lieutenant took his last cigarette from a pack and wadded up the pack and threw it from the vehicle to the ground. An English woman promptly picked up the empty pack and handed it back to the lieutenant, who said he didn't want the trash.

"We don't want it either," replied the English woman.

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The newly paved streets in Walnut Ridge are a great improvement, and in our opinion, a very worthwhile expense. We thank city leaders for this expenditure.

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