June 5, 2013 Edition

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Several stories in the news in the past week are worthy of a comment

Schools in Lawrence County are losing some truly outstanding educators with the close of this school year. A few others not profiled, though not officially retiring, are moving on to other pursuits. They will be a hard group of individuals to replace.

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A very successful and well-organized Walmart Jail & Bail fundraiser Saturday morning raised $6,813.05 in four hours. Proceeds will benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Cindi Blackburn, organizer, praised the 14 volunteer callers as well as those who gave generous donations.

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The Lady Eagles softball team of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge completed their best season ever. Their dream season came to an end last Wednesday afternoon when the Williams softball team lost to second-ranked Lubbock Christian University 2-1. They finished in fourth-place at the 2013 NAIA National Championship, and three of their players received All-American team honors.

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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named Landon Hearnes of Maumelle as the 2012-2013 Boy's Golf Outstanding Player of the Year, and he and other top athletes were honored at the first All Arkansas Preps Awards Banquet on Saturday evening at the Little Rock Convention Center.

Landon is the son of John and Mary Hearnes of Maumelle and the grandson of Wilma Jones of Minturn, who also attended the banquet. Master of ceremonies for the event was Keith Jackson, and Peyton Manning was the guest speaker.

According to the Democrat-Gazette's All Arkansas Prep website, "Landon Hearnes, 2012-2013 Boys Outstanding Player of the Year, got off to a fast start at the boys high school golf overall tournament and held on for a one-stroke victory at the Pleasant Valley Country Club. Hearnes, a (graduating) senior at Central Arkansas Christian, was 3-under par after 13 holes and finished with an even-par 72 to edge Episcopal Collegiate senior Conley Hurst for the title." Landon will be coming to Northeast Arkansas, as he has signed to play golf as a freshman at Arkansas State University.

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The summer reading programs put on by the Lawrence County Library are always top-notch. The program provides a way to keep kids reading during the summer months, as well as providing fun group activities. This year's program, "Dig into Reading," begins Monday with PaleoJoe at the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge at 10 a.m. Paleontologist Joseph Kchodl, author of the "Dinosaur Detective Club" series, will be giving a presentation and will show a tyrannosaurus rex tooth, a velociraptor skull and other fossils.

Other "Dig into Reading" summer highlights will include a Lake Charles State Park program, the return of Brian and Terri Kinder, Activated Storytellers, a Davidsonville Historic State Park program, Animalilogy and the Rocky Clements' Magic Show.

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