April 20, 2011 Edition

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Grandparents' corner

Debra Lynne Ponder, 12, is the granddaughter of Susan Ponder of Imboden and the late Terry Ponder and Jim and Vickie Sturgill of Sofia, W.Va.

She is the daughter of David and Valerie Ponder, who live in Monitcello, where David pastors Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church.

Bethel Cemetery part of county's earlier history

As Lawrence County, established in 1815, approaches its 200th anniversary in 2015, maybe we can all learn more about our county, the "Mother of Counties" and our rich history. Part of our county's early history can be studied at the Old Bethel Cemetery.


A drive to that cemetery last Wednesday was an interesting experience. The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has nominated the Bethel Cemetery at Denton to the National Register of Historic Places. (See page 9A.)

The cemetery is located on County Road 225 about a mile north off of Hwy. 117, near the Denton community, and it is located approximately eight miles west of Black Rock. I think Hwy. 117, the drive between Black Rock and Smithville, is one of the prettiest in Lawrence County. The drive contains a combination of open pastures and wooded areas and has several very nice and relatively new two-story homes.

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