March 1, 2017 Edition

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Rotary announces first
Hall of Fame inductee

The Rotary Club of Lawrence County has completed its selection process for the first class of inductees for the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame. The club begins this week announcing inductees with the first being Walnut Ridge native Sammy Weir.

Weir, who now lives in Cherokee Village with his wife, Peggy, was a standout football player in high school, college and on the professional level.

Weir and other inductees will be honored at a banquet on Saturday night, April 22, at Williams Baptist College. A golf tournament, held in conjunction with the banquet, will be held on Friday, April 21, at Rolling Hills Country Club.

The Rotary Club has been researching and planning for this project for several months, and its members are excited about honoring those who have impacted Lawrence County through their achievements in sports.

Rotary Club member George Fray said, "I think this will really serve this county for a long time. We've been looking for a project to make the county a better place and one that everyone, the whole county, can take pride in."

A selection committee of seven Rotary members, plus two at-large members selected the recipients, each of whom must receive a 75-percent vote of affirmation or a yes vote by seven of the nine committee members.

The Sports Hall of Fame project will also serve as a fundraiser for Rotary. With proceeds from the golf tournament and banquet, Rotary members plan to increase the level of scholarships now given to a graduating senior at each of the four high schools in Lawrence County.

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