January 13, 2016 Edition

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New book to
spark interest in
WR, Hoxie's past

The authors of "Images of America: Walnut Ridge & Hoxie," say they hope to spark an interest in the rich history of our two towns with the publication of their new book. I believe they will succeed in doing that.

Local authors of the new book are Jon Walter and James Whitlow. The book will debut at a book signing set for Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 4 p.m. at Imagine in downtown Walnut Ridge.

Pictures of the Past

The Hoxie School Board made a courageous and landmark decision on June 25, 1955, when they voted unanimously to integrate their schools, becoming the first successfully contested integration in the state. Seated (left to right) are school board members Guy Floyd and Howard Vance and Supt. K.E. Vance. This photo is one of 213 that are featured in the book, "Images of America Walnut Ridge and Hoxie," which was compiled by Jon Walter and James Whitlow and will be published Jan. 25. More information can be found at www.ATaleofTwoTowns.com.
Photo Courtesy of University of Memphis

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