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The children of Williams Baptist College founder H.E. Williams, (from left) Steve Williams, Jim Williams and Martha Nicholas, answer questions from Brett Cooper, WBC's vice president for institutional advancement, at the college's 75th Anniversary Convocation Chapel.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Williams family helps celebrate
WBC's 75th anniversary

The children of Dr. H.E. and Beatrice Williams helped celebrate the 75th anniversary of Williams Baptist College on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Martha Nicholas, Jim Williams and Steve Williams shared their memories at the college's opening convocation ceremony.

The three were interviewed onstage, eliciting both tears and laughter as they recalled the early years of the institution, which was founded as Southern Baptist College in 1941.

All three children talked of the years of sacrifice their parents and others poured into the college, as well as more lighthearted moments, such as Steve, the youngest child, getting into trouble when he skipped church to see the Beatles at the Walnut Ridge Airport in 1964.

Chamber to host open house, book signing

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will host an Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 4-7 pm to reveal their interior renovations and showcase their recently acquired historical photograph collection.

The chamber office, located in the historic Iron Mountain Depot, was built in 1908. Beautifully restored in 1995, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

With monies donated from Cavenaugh GM Chevrolet and many hours of volunteer labor from the Lawrence County Beautification and Revitalization Committee, the depot has realized its first and much needed interior update in over 20 years. In addition to the chamber offices, the Amtrak waiting room and bathrooms were also renovated.

Lawrence Co. farmers facing tough times

Whether it be reduced yields or whole sections of planted acreage destroyed, Lawrence County farmers are facing tough times after they were affected by flooding at both the beginning and ending of the 2016 season.

Jerry Morgan of Lynn said he has spoken with farmers throughout the area over the past week, and, without assistance, many will be hurting.

He mentioned one field of soybeans where all but about one acre is now just stems after being drowned by floodwaters.

Lorene Hamilton takes 100th birthday in stride

A pot of beans cooks on her stove, while Lorene Hamilton of Walnut Ridge recounts stories and highlights of her life. The phone rings, and she tells a caller she is busy but will call back. A few minutes later, a neighbor stops by to see if she needs anything. She mentions that another neighbor had taken her by the nursing home earlier that day to visit residents there.

Her lively actions and her vivid stories belie the fact that she will turn 100 years old on Monday. She will be honored with a 100-year birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Street Church of Christ Annex. Everyone is invited to attend but asked to RSVP with Libby Allison at 870-886-5119.

Lorene was born on Sept. 5, 1916, just north of Alicia at Davenport Crossing. The daughter of Joe and Winnie Webb, she also had two brothers, Maurice Webb and Boyce Webb. Her father died at age 75, and her mother lived to be 82. Boyce died at the age of 51, but Maurice, who died last year, lived to be 101.

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