April 30, 2014 Edition

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NEARK Gun Club is 40

John Bland

The Northeast Arkansas Gun Club of Walnut Ridge is now 40 years old and is believed to be the oldest continually operated gun club in Arkansas, reports Jim Hardin.

The NEARK Gun Club was formed in April of 1974 for the purpose of providing a place to shoot skeet and trap for area residents. Through the years, member volunteers have provided almost all labor and improvements to the club site.

The efforts of Leroy Johnson of Walnut Ridge and the late Floyd Dupwe of Jonesboro have kept the club going for many years, Hardin added.

The club shoots on Thursday afternoons and visitors are welcome to join them. The club's shooting site is next to the Walnut Ridge Country Club property, just north and east of the airport.


It was fun for family members and friends to watch, take photos and act as "paparazzi" as WRHS prom goers walked across Main Street on a red carpet runway Saturday night.

They were walking from their banquet at the Lawrence County Meeting Room to their prom at The Venue. The activity caused quite a stir on Main Street and provided extra excitement for all involved.


Walnut Ridge Regional Airport's Swindle Field will be getting attention as it is now featured in a new mobile phone application that pilots can use to get from point A to point B. Michelle Anthony, airport manager, shared that a diagram of our airport is the featured example for Foreflight Intelligent Apps for PilotsĒ.


The Central Arkansas Argus-Sun reports that six-year-old Rylee Burns of Brinkley motivated others in her church to give to a worthy cause due to her own generosity. Rylee is the daughter of Eric and Heather Burns of Brinkley and granddaughter of Lana Burns of Walnut Ridge.

Rylee attends the Brinkley First United Methodist Church, where she heard about the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2015. Rylee's church had challenged its members to donate to this cause during the season of Lent.

Rylee took that challenge to heart and told her parents that she didn't need or want presents for her March 17 birthday. Instead, she asked those attending her birthday celebration to bring a $1 to donate to "Imagine No Malaria." Through the monetary gifts Rylee received, she was able to give approximately $300 to the effort.

Her example encouraged other church members to step up and give to the cause. Donations by the congregation totaled some $2,000 by the end of the campaign.

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