March 09, 2011 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland
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We congratulate the Lawrence County Historical Society for its efforts that helped bring about the opening of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan. This is a perfect example of not waiting for things to happen but of taking the initiative to make things happen in our county.

At the grand opening of the archives facility on Thursday, Richard Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, said, "If it wasn't for the Lawrence County Historical Society, these records would not be there ... period. ..."

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While walking Monday night, we saw moving white lights in the sky that looked quite strange. Some of our neighbors saw them as well. Could they be UFOs or angels? They were odd enough to make one's mind wander.

According to the Lawrence County 9-1-1 Communications Center, they received several calls about the lights; however, a Randolph County Sheriff's deputy reported to the center that the lights were part of a promotion for a tanning business in their county.

By the way, our 9-1-1 Communications Center also received calls from citizens around the county at 11 p.m. on the night of Feb. 27. They reported feeling the earthquake that was centered in Greenbrier and that had a magnitude of 4.7.

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Slammer Hunting Innovations, Inc. based in Black Rock, was the topic of a Feb. 9 story in The TD. The company produces a laser crossbow called the "X-Bow Laser Boresighter" that allows hunters ease in sighting with their crossbow or riflescope. The company recently attended the Kinsey's Archery Products tradeshow in Hershey, Penn., and reported signing up 40 new dealers. Slammer HI was also represented at the recent Arkansas Sports Show in Jonesboro. James Jones of Black Rock is president of the company. Other partners include Joe Johnson of Walnut Ridge as vice president, Rob Womack of Walnut Ridge, Tommy "TomCat" Garner and Jim Dunlap, both of Hardy, and Dr. Robert Engelken of Jonesboro and a native of Walnut Ridge.

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