October 5, 2011 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland

Sheriff Jody Dotson and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department deserve our praise for their recently instigated program. The program allows those incarcerated in the county jail to work a day, doing community cleanup or trash pickup, and have their jail sentence decreased a day for each day they work.

That doesn't mean that the rest of us can slack. Each of us needs to be reminded to cleanup and take care of our property.

The Chamber Tourism Committee is working hard to bring tourists to this area, while the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority is striving to promote new and existing industry.

Therefore, we must clean up our towns and county to make this a desirable area for folks to live, work and visit. Each of us can make a difference by taking care of our own property.


Having class reunions in the fall seems to be a fairly new trend that continues to be more popular, at least with alumni from the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie schools. The classes seem to enjoy being back on campus, especially when there is a home football game. They can tailgate before the game, sit together as a class during the game, and see other old friends and former teachers.

This past weekend, two Hoxie High School classes and three Walnut Ridge classes had reunions that were held in conjunction with the schools' homecoming celebrations.

Three members of the WRHS homecoming royalty are children of members of the WRHS Class of 1981, who held a 30-year reunion last weekend. The WRHS Class of '81 also had children on the football team, dance team and band. Having alumni return for homecoming makes it a real homecoming.

Maybe the only drawback is that fall is a busy season, and alumni often have conflicts with their children participating in activities at their own schools. Despite that, I hope the trend continues to have class reunions in conjunction with homecoming or other home football games.

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