November 24, 2010 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland
Publisher

It is always gratifying to see people and organizations recognized for the work they do for the betterment of Lawrence County. Thank you goes to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce for providing this recognition Thursday night at the annual Chamber banquet.

Recognized were Dr. Brett Cooper and Joyce Rose, Lawrence County's Man and Woman of the Year, along with Michelle Culbreath and Diana Shelton, recipients of the Community Service Award. West Machine Inc./Iron Mountain Metal Works was named Industry of the Year, and Hays was named Business of the Year. Representing those institutions were Danny West and David Snyder, respectively.

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In last week's Frankly, I mentioned the excitement of having three Arkansas State University football players and a cheerleader either from Lawrence County or with county ties. We have since learned that even more students from our area are part of the ASU bands. ASU has six graduates from Hoxie High School who are in the marching band, as well as jazz band, symphonic band, concert band and various ensembles.

They include Chris VanBrook, Lindsay Baltz, Adam Inman, Thomas Poteet, Alex Ditto and Nikolos Ryan. The ASU Marching Band performs during halftime of all ASU home games for football. A portion of the band also performs at all men and women's basketball games at the Convocation Center. ASU's band, as well as our own high school bands, provide a lot of spirit and entertainment at these ball games.

According to the University Communications Office, the 2010 ASU Marching Band, known as the SOUND of the Natural State, fielded 196 members, surpassing the previous record (set just two years ago in 2008) by nearly 20 students. The marching band is directed by Dr. Kenneth Carroll, director of athletic bands and associate professor of saxophone. Dr. Carroll, by the way, is a former director of the WRHS band. His wife is Lisa (Cherry) Carroll, a graduate of WRHS.

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Barrett Kelley, a WRHS graduate, is also an ASU Jazz Band member as pianist. Barrett is a piano performance major at ASU and will perform a Sophomore Piano Recital on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in ASU's Fine Arts Recital Hall at Arkansas State University.

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This Saturday, Nov. 27, will be known as the first-ever "Small Business Saturday." The Small Business Saturday website states that this is: "A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love, the shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and to reinvest our money close to home in the businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies."

Our neighbors do offer great shopping opportunities. Read some of the advertisements in this issue of The TD to learn about some of them, and remember to shop your home county first this holiday season.

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