June 29, 2011 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland

Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County has lost one of its most outstanding and highly regarded citizens with the passing of Jimmy Snapp.

He spent most of his adult life as a Ford car dealer for Snapp Motor Co., and his name was synonymous with Ford in Northeast Arkansas. One comment about Jimmy was that despite his many years in business, no one had anything but positive comments to make about him.

Another comment was that he was steady and solid, always the same. It was also said that he was modest and unassuming but very wise, a true town father, who touched many lives. More often than not, he also had a good, funny story to tell.

It was quite a tribute to Jimmy, his wife, Anne, and their family that a multitude of friends from many decades of their lives came to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport Friday to pay their respects.


We thank Charles Hickman of Paragould for his donation to The Children's Shelter. He sent the check after reading about the shelter's financial burdens in The TD. There is no question that people see the need for the shelter and want to see it get beyond its financial hardships.


The TD has also received a note praising Sharleene Blount of Pocahontas, who formerly worked at KFC in Walnut Ridge and now works at KFC in Pocahontas. Her husband, Richard, is manager of the Walnut Ridge KFC. Apparently, with the help of Gary King, a jeweler, Sharleene helped find the owner of a lost $8,000 ring.


Randall Watts, superintendent at Lake Charles State Park, reports that the park is filling up on weekends this summer. With the July 4 holiday falling on a Monday, this will be a long weekend and excuse for many to travel out of town. For those at home or visiting here, the 106th Portia Picnic will be running through Saturday, and several towns have fireworks displays and celebrations planned. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

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