October 19, 2011 Edition

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Fall is season of fun, service

John Bland

Fall is not only a favorite season of many, but it is also one of the busiest. Several stories in this week's TD relate to the Iron Mountain Festival planned for Saturday, Oct. 29, in downtown Walnut Ridge. The Black Rock Foothills Celebration is set for the weekend of Nov. 4-5 and involves many activities, such as the ever-popular Black Rock Lions Club Pancake Breakfast.

This is National Business and Professional Women's Week, and the Walnut Ridge chapter's annual coffee is this Thursday. The local club is also honoring member Kari Shanks, their much-deserving "Woman of the Year."

Honored Friday was William I. (Bill) Rainwater of Jonesboro for a lifetime of service to the Lawrence County Conservation District. State and county conservation officials, as well as his family members, were on hand to honor him. Rainwater has served Lawrence County in many ways, and in more recent years, has continued his extraordinary record of community service in Jonesboro.


The Hill Foundation is continuing efforts to promote the successful story of the 1955 Hoxie School desegregation. Those involved believe the story is one that should have its rightful place in history. Courage and integrity were displayed, not only by members of the African-American community, but also by the Hoxie School Board and others in the community.

I agree with the Hill Foundation and hope their efforts to place a monument at the state Capitol, as well as in Hoxie, will be successful.


Hoxie School has several special events planned this Friday with a chili cook-off, club activities and a veteran's ceremony, all leading up to the football game when the Mustangs host Harrisburg at 7 p.m.


The Harvest Fest continues at Taylor's Greenhouse in Hoxie providing lots of fall activities, such as bonfires, hayrides and a corn maze, in the evenings. The Powhatan Historic State Park will host Ghost Walks on Friday from 7-10 p.m.

Efforts continue to raise funds for the Lawrence County Tourism projects and to support and sustain The Children's Shelter.

Almost every week, we have stories of local blood drives and benefits to help a family in need. This week is not different. These and many other events and activities attest to the fact that Lawrence Countians are on the move, giving of their time and effort in many worthwhile pursuits.

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