April 06, 2011 Edition

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Working together, promoting
pride of community

John Bland

We applaud the efforts of Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker and Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House, who have signed the Twin-Cities Spring Cleanup proclamations. The April 11-23 event will be the first time the two towns have worked together on their annual spring cleanups. We hope many other joint ventures between our twin cities will follow.

Thanks to the group of approximately 50 volunteers who worked during a cleanup day at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge on Saturday. The cleanup was held as part of the city's efforts to increase and promote volunteerism in the community.

To me, getting involved as a volunteer is one of the best ways to develop one's own community pride. I hope more of us will follow their example.


The abundance of spring rains had us wondering about the effects of all the moisture on spring planting. Apparently, the plentiful rains of early spring are fairly common and have not had much of an impact on our farmers.

Herb Ginn, extension agent for agriculture and staff chair for the county extension office, reports:

"Some corn and rice has been planted in the county, but at very small percentages. The recent rains have halted fieldwork for now, but hopefully, warmer temperatures will return to aid in making field conditions favorable again. April is usually a big month for corn, milo and rice planting, provided the weather will cooperate.

"May is the recommended planting time for peanuts - usually around the second week for us and a lot of soybeans are also planted in May."


J.D. Johnson of Black Rock reports that his nephew, Jesse Wells from Kennett, Mo., is following in his footsteps. Wells was the topic of a feature, "Voices of Our Heroes" in The Daily Dunklin Democrat in Kennett on March 27. Like his uncle J.D., Wells has gone from a career in the military as a U.S. Marine, to a career in law enforcement, joining the Kennett Police Force in 2006.

As a paratrooper, J.D. Johnson jumped out of many an airplane. He spent time in New Orleans, patrolled the Gulf Coast and Vietnamese waters as a member of the Coast Guard and has had other notable experiences in law enforcement since returning to Lawrence County.

Wells credits J.D. for having the most influence on his life.

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