June 01, 2011 Edition

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John Bland
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A bronze statue has been erected in memory of the late Lolly (Ledbetter) Shaver, longtime director of the Cross County Library in Wynne. Lolly was born in Strawberry and spent most of her growing up years in Walnut Ridge. A dedication ceremony for the statue was held May 1 and was attended by a standing-room only crowd, according to the Wynne Progress. Lolly and her husband, Wesley Shaver, had lived in Wynne since the early 1970s, and she first became a volunteer at the library in 1975.

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We know several families in the area have undergone hardships due to the flooding of late April and early May but hadn't considered the sacrifices some made in getting to their jobs.

The residents of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center shared a letter that they wrote to the LHNC staff. It reads, in part, "We would like to thank all of you for everything you've done, endured and sacrificed in order to care for us during the awful flood: working double shifts, driving out of your way, staying here for days so that you would be here to work your next shift ... and being away from your families for so long. ... We are so very blessed to have such special, kind, caring and compassionate people like you to take care of us. ... "

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As another school year ends, The TD is again striving to report on the many school academic and athletic honors, awards and scholarships presented. Space does not allow us to publish these as timely as we would like but we will do so as soon as possible.

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The 2011 National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., was televised Sunday evening. The concert featured several moving and personal stories of veterans who were injured or killed in the line of duty. A group of Pearl Harbor veterans was also present. Knowing that a group from Walnut Ridge School was attending the concert made it especially exciting. The group was there to compete in the World Odyssey of the Mind competition at College Park, Md.

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