November 9, 2016 Edition

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Cavenaugh elected state rep.

Voter turnout was strong in Lawrence County for Tuesday's General Election as Americans went to the polls to help decide the new president of the United States.

County Clerk Tina Stowers released unofficial results showing 5,858 ballots cast in the county, representing approximately 65 percent of the almost 9,000 registered voters.

Locally, voters also turned out to help decide a race for state representative of District 60 between incumbent Democrat James Ratliff and Republican Frances Cavenaugh. Cavenaugh has been announced as the winner, but Ratliff carried Lawrence County with 3,089 votes (55 percent), while Cavenaugh received 2,542 votes (45 percent).
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Porter inducted into Military Veterans Hall of Fame

Major General Bobby B. Porter

Walnut Ridge native Major General Bobby B. Porter, U.S. Army, was posthumously inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame Saturday night.

Bobby Porter's friends from his youth reflected on his remarkable military career just after his death on Jan. 5, 2007. They said they knew that he would grow up to have a career in the military and be successful.

"All Bob's life he wanted to be a soldier," said Jack Allison of Walnut Ridge, who graduated a year ahead of Porter from Walnut Ridge High School.

"There was no question in my mind what he was going to do," said Robert H. "Bob" Rainwater, Porter's friend and classmate in the WRHS Class of 1952.

Porter was the son of Walnut Ridge residents Walter and Thelma Porter, recalled Johnny Shields, member of the WRHS Class of 1953. Bobby's father was the owner of Porter's Super Service Station located next to the Salad Bowl Restaurant.

Porter's wife, Carolyn "Sue" (Dinkins) preceded him in death about one and a half years prior to his death. Sue's father, Bert, was with Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Walnut Ridge before the family moved to Jonesboro, recalled Shields.
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Touring group from Little Rock gets VIP treatment in WR

For the Holy Souls Seniors Group from Little Rock, a day trip to Jonesboro and Walnut Ridge on Oct. 24 held a surprise or two in addition to the scheduled stops. The scheduled stops included a visit to the Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro and the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge.

One of the surprises was their bus being pulled over by Walnut Ridge Police Chief Chris Kirksey. The stern-looking chief presented bus driver Taff Virden with some violations, and then, Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp joined in the fun, stating that Walnut Ridge needed the money and was on the lookout for tourists to exploit.

After the brief spoof, Mayor Snapp gave the Little Rock group a sincere welcome to Walnut Ridge and remained on the bus as they continued around the bypass and on to the museum.
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