August 3, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie-WR football
rivalry to return

John Bland

I think it will be exciting when the Hoxie Mustangs host the Walnut Ridge Bobcats on Nov. 3 in the first football match of those two schools since 2007. (See the front page story, featuring both Tom Sears, Mustang head coach, and Larry Treadway, Bobcat head coach.)

Coach Treadway, beginning his 11th year as head coach of the Bobcats, noted recently at Kiwanis that "we're going to have our hands full moving up to 3A."

Coach Treadway is in his 42nd year of coaching and recalled changes that have occurred in football over that time span. He noted that many of his football players used to chop cotton and were used to the heat from doing that. Now, football teams meet up with at least two other teams to have pad camps during the summer so that players can stay conditioned and used to the heat.

Water once was rationed to football players, but now they get water all the time. Much emphasis is also placed on avoiding concussions.

Despite changes in the sport and players, "it's still a hard sport," Treadway said. "They've got to want to play."


Tiffany Verkler Head, native of Black Rock and former TD staffer, alerted us that The Parachute Inn, located in Walnut Ridge, will be featured on AETN's "Exploring Arkansas" this evening at 6:30. Tiffany has been with AETN for a number of years and is the AETN public relations manager.

The Parachute Inn segment was originally scheduled to be featured on the July 6 episode, but the feature did not air then and was rescheduled to air tonight.

The teaser for the show states, "The Parachute Inn in Walnut Ridge offers diners a unique dining experience. A Boeing 737 jetliner has been converted into a dining room at this restaurant in Lawrence County…"

Other segments to be included in tonight's show are the Plein Air Festival in Eureka Springs, Bear Creek Lake in Lee County, and the worst maritime tragedy in U.S. history, which occurred in Marion on April 27, 1865.


Two of my favorite television programs, which I try to watch on Sundays, are "Exploring Arkansas" and Rick Steve's Europe. According to the AETN schedule, the Parachute Inn segment will be broadcast again on Sunday at 5 p.m. I have learned that there are many places in Arkansas that are worth a visit, many of which are nearby. Watching Rick Steve's Europe is almost like taking a mini-vacation.


We recently had the opportunity to visit P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm in Roland. His home and farm are an inspiration to anyone who appreciates flower, vegetable and rose gardening, garden design and cooking fresh foods from the garden to the table. We hope to share some of the highlights from that visit in an upcoming edition.


Lawrence County native John (John Bill) Spickler writes that he read that Maggie (Kirkpatrick) Snow had moved to be closer to family. "I went to school with her and her brother, Charlie, and their cousin, Kenneth Kirkpatrick, and Maggie's late husband, Max Snow.

John lived in the St. Louis area for over 50 years and last winter, because of health problems, he also moved to be closer to family. He moved to be with his son and daughter-in-law.

"If any of my ‘old' friends, and some ‘not so old' would care to write to me, I would like to hear from them." His address is: John W. Spickler, 5776 NW State Route F, Union Star, MO 64494-8104.

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