November 17, 2010 Edition

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John Bland

Miles and Catherine Ponder of Walnut Ridge have again been recognized for their noteworthy experience of being stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, when it was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. They were invited to share their experiences at an event Friday morning at the Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, where their great-granddaughter, Simone Brasher, is a 10th-grade student.

The Ponders were videoed for the school's project called The World War II Oral History Project. Simone helped with the interview. A DVD of the interview will be sent to the "Veteran's History Project," a division of the National Library of Congress. Mrs. Ponder said Lausanne is the only high school in the U.S. that does this. They will also receive a copy of the DVD.

Gary Witt, program director for the school's World War II Oral History Project, said that Catherine is the first civilian he's met who was in the Pearl Harbor area on Dec. 7.

The Ponders also attended an event at the school on Thursday night to honor veterans.

The Ponders will mark their 70th wedding anniversary at the Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church on Nov. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They were married on Nov. 8, 1940, in Pensacola, Fla.


The November/December 2010 cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers features Courtney West, who is the daughter of Robert and Jean Ann West of Clover Bend. Courtney, age 26, resides in Houston but was born in Jonesboro. She is also featured on at least eight pages of the magazine.

Courtney competed July 30-31 in Las Vegas in the NPC (National Physique Committee) USA Championships, where she won class F and overall honors. As a class winner, she earned her pro card.

Courtney is a fitness model and figure competitor and personal trainer. She worked with several industry publications and photographers and has also been featured in Health and Fitness Magazine.


It was exciting to see Derek Lawson, son of Ed and Tracy Lawson of Walnut Ridge and Vivian Phillips of Jonesboro, playing for the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday. Lawson, a running back, is in his third season with the team. He sees a lot of playing time.

It was also exciting to see two former Hoxie football players, Derek Johnson and Clay Hart, on the ASU roster. Johnson redshirted last year at the University of Texas, and later transferred to ASU. Hart walked on at quarterback for ASU. Clay is the son of Michael and Sherry Hart of Sedgwick, and Derek is the son of Billy Johnson of West Memphis and Theresa Clayborn of New Orleans and the grandson of Carl and Freddie White of Walnut Ridge.

Another Lawrence County connection on the field Saturday at ASU was Stephanie York, an ASU cheerleader. She is the daughter of Joey and Jackie York of Cabot. Joey is an Alicia native who graduated from WRHS.

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