December 26, 2012 Edition

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Motorcycle club supports
community in many ways

Gretchen Hunt

The Rumblin' Around the Ridge motorcycle club seems to always be planning its next benefit ride, and in recent months has done much to support Lawrence County organizations, as well as help provide gifts for children this Christmas season.

Amongst their activities have been poker runs for the Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports Club and the Lawrence County Cooperative School at Portia, as well as a toy run and a toy and food drive.

Nicole McLaughlin, who serves as coordinator for the group, said she and her husband, Jeremy, see the organization as a good way to give back to their community.

"We feel that it's a blessing to give back to a community that we love and were born and raised in," she said. "With Jeremy riding a motorcycle, this organization gave me a way to make it happen."

Toy and food drive

The holiday season found Rumblin' Around the Ridge busy trying to help ensure that children in Lawrence County would have a good Christmas.

The club hosted a toy run for the Lawrence County Angel Tree during the Hoxie Christmas parade with approximately 30 bikes participating.

"They were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy," McLaughlin said. "Most brought more than one. We collected two big boxes of toys that night."

The group then hosted a toy and food drive on Dec. 8 at Hays and Walmart. Toys collected were donated to the Angel Tree project, and food collected was given to the Hoxie First Baptist Church food pantry.

McLauglin manned the donation point at Hays and her son, Chance, was at Walmart, along with his grandmothers, Roxanne Wooten and Kathy Woody, who each worked half the day.

"We collected another big box of toys plus several small bags full," McLaughlin said. "My Explorer was loaded down with three big boxes of dry goods and about 15-20 bags of cans."

The drive also raised just over $200 dollars, which was split between the Angel Tree and the food pantry.

LCCS ride

In November, Rumblin' Around the Ridge hosted a fundraising ride for the Lawrence County Cooperative School.

There were approximately 20 bikes, with most having double riders. The ride began at Cox Powersports in Hoxie and ended at the school.

At the end of the ride, everyone was treated to free barbecue and music by Mark Davis of Party Time Productions.

The high hand winner of the poker run was Joe Winters of Walnut Ridge. Low hand was Jennifer Roberts of Black Rock.

The winner of the 50/50 drawing was Jimmy Whitlow of Sulphur Rock, who donated his half back to the school.

Bike games winners were: Slow Ride, Thomas Smith of Hoxie; Straw Drop, Thomas Smith and Desi Eldridge of Hoxie; Tire Toss, Adam Cook of Walnut Ridge; and Helmet Toss Eddie and Debra McPherson of Walnut Ridge.

In addition, chances were sold on a 42-inch flat screen television, which was won by Connie Owens of Hoxie. The TV was donated by Latham's Black Rock Grocery.

"The event raised just under $600 for the school," McLauglin said. "We want to thank the school for the privilege to help and all of the businesses and individuals who helped to make it a great event."

Shooting sports run

The group held a poker run for the Lawrence County 4-H Shooting Sports Club on Sept. 8. The ride started at Cox Powersports in Hoxie and ended at the Donna and Jerry Moore Memorial Arena at Black Rock.

There were 21 bikes, most of which had two riders. The winner of the high hand and a night's stay at The Hub Motorcycle Resort in Marble Falls was Anthony Kopp of Powhatan. Low hand winner was Richard Millsap of Hoxie.

There was also a 50/50 drawing, and the winner was Will Mansfield of Walnut Ridge.

"He graciously donated his share back to the club," McLaughlin said.

Bike game winners were: Slow Ride, Millsap; Pie Pan Race, Robbie and Rachael Netrefa of Black Rock; and Straw Drop Race, Terry and Robyn McNelly of Walnut Ridge. Riders were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs served by 4-H members.

"We want to thank the club for allowing us to help them along with everyone who donated their time and help or items," McLaughlin said.

The event raised nearly $550.

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