April 17, 2013 Edition

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The value of a week

John Bland

"To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper." This quote is just a portion of a larger quote regarding the value of time.

This past week, several worthwhile events added up to a valuable week that was well spent by many area individuals. We report on many of the events in this issue of The TD, while some of the events will be featured next week.

Lawrence County was front and center as host to the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council's annual meeting. It was the first time for our county to host the meeting, and I think we made quite an impressive debut. Many tourism promoters from the region, as well as a number from our own county, were able to visit the new Stan Jones Mallard Lodge at Clover Bend for the first time. Everyone appeared to be impressed and excited to see this first-class lodge and the beautiful gardens that were beginning to blossom on the cool, sunny spring evening.

Stan told the overflow crowd about himself and his hunting lodge that opened this past fall. He noted approximately 20 weddings have been booked at the lodge during the upcoming months.

Walnut Ridge's Jack Allison stood up and told the group that Stan's success was "self-made" and was due to his hard work and planning.


The Leo Martin March for Missions 5K Run & Walk, an annual event, was held Saturday and raised approximately $6,000 for Free Will Baptist Missions.

The 5K event was based at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge, and the weather conditions were ideal for participants. The event was originally held in March but moved to April to improve chances for warmer weather. Terry Spradlin, Rev. David Harper and other organizers always conduct a well-organized, professional event.


Nicole McLaughlin reported that the Rumblin' Around the Ridge bikers group hosted a benefit bike ride on Saturday and raised $1,060 for the family of 14-year-old Walnut Ridge resident Sidney Randall, who has been missing for over a month.

She reported a turnout of 56 bikes and 81 riders from all over Northeast Arkansas, as well as from Tennessee and Missouri.


Another event, which involves many of our youth, was Monday night's opening Little League ceremony at Stewart Park. Support for the program appeared strong, with the rededication of the Bobby C. Watson Field, unveiling of new Cavenaugh scoreboards, and Cavenaugh Chevy's donation of equipment.

On a related note, Cavenaugh Auto World (the GM store) was also host for the Chamber of Commerce's first Community Power Breakfast on Tuesday morning.

Other worthwhile events are going on in the county, and this is just a few of them from my perspective. A lot can happen in the span of a week.

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