June 1, 2016 Edition

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Ronnie "Frog" Light (second, from left) of Minturn receives a senior ring and a proclamation making him an honorary graduating member of the Clover Bend High School Class of 1966. With him are classmates (from left): Dave Fowler of Walnut Ridge, Sandra (Moore) Welch of San Tan Valley, Ariz., Roger Goodwin of Fairfield Bay, Helen (Hawk) Headley of Goodlettsville, Tenn., Carolyn (McLaughlin) Morris of Putnam, Ill., and Pat (Turnbull) Westmoreland of Mammoth Spring.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

'Frog' Light recognized
at Clover Bend reunion

Just days before his high school graduation in 1966, Ronnie "Frog" Light got into a little trouble at Clover Bend High School. School Superintendent Francis Cate told Light he would have to be paddled if he wanted to graduate with his class.

Light refused to be paddled and did not go through graduation ceremony with the rest of his classmates.

Fifty years later, his former Clover Bend classmates wanted to make him an honorary graduating member of the class. They honored him during Saturday's program at the Clover Bend Reunion.

Road work approved for Lynn, Strawberry

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Lawrence County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officials.

The purpose of this project is to resurface two miles of various city streets in Lynn, including Smithville Road, School Street, Hardaway Street, Dawson Cutoff, Lion Street and Caspar Street; and 1.5 miles of various city streets in Strawberry, including Cedar Lane, Shady Lane, Pine Street, Wheel Street and Lone Hill Drive.

Accident claims life

A former Walnut Ridge man lost his life in a two-vehicle accident on May 24 at 4:50 p.m., according to a fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

Jerrod G. Leisure, 22, of Paragould, formerly of Walnut Ridge, was traveling southbound on Highway 135 in a 2005 Toyota south of Oak Grove in Greene County.

According to the report, the Toyota crossed the center line and struck a 2011 Chevrolet head on. The road conditions were wet as rain fell during the time of the crash.

Organization founded by Weeks receives honors

When Ethan Weeks founded The Finch Society at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, his main goal was to show fellow students the opportunities available in small-town law.

"There is a real focus on interviewing with firms in Little Rock," he said. "I decided to start this to show opportunities in small towns."

So last spring, The Finch Society, named after the Atticus Finch character in "To Kill a Mockingbird," was born, and several successful events were held in the first year.

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