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SUNNY DAY JOG - Michelle Sanders (left) of Hoxie and Yvonne Doyle of Walnut Ridge enjoy the warm afternoon on Tuesday while jogging in Hoxie along the rails-to-trails walking and biking trail.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

WR Country Club closes

The Walnut Ridge Country Club has closed its doors. The club served its last meal on Sunday, a weekly lunch buffet that was open to members and non-members alike to cater to the after church crowd.

Greg Gill, a local farmer and club president, said, "I hate to see it happen, but we tried for six and a half years to keep it open."

Gill led an effort to keep the clubhouse open in 2010. He cited back taxes and generally high overhead as too great of a burden to overcome for some 50 members.

According to the July 21, 2010, issue of The TD, the Walnut Ridge Country Club clubhouse was reopened after closing, along with the golf course on June 20, 2010. That closure was mandated to comply with a court ruling.

County Attorney Jarboe dies

Lawrence County Attorney Dick Jarboe died on Saturday at the age of 72 after a long illness.

County Clerk Tina Stowers said Jarboe, who has practiced law in Walnut Ridge since 1978, had served as attorney for the county for more than 20 years.

Former County Judge Alex Latham, who is currently a member of the Lawrence County Quorum Court, said having Jarboe as county attorney was a huge asset for the county.

"He was always available to us," Latham said. "We could usually get an answer back on a question the same day."

WRHS team extends tradition with
strong showing in Odyssey of Mind

The Lawrence County School District in Walnut Ridge continued a strong tradition in Odyssey of the Mind competition by qualifying once again for the World Finals.

On Saturday, Walnut Ridge High School team members Drew Davis, Josh Jones, Krystin Wallace and Taylor Fiedor qualified for World Finals in problem 3, "It's Time, Omer," placing second, in division III, at the state competition held in Mayflower, said Tonda Brand, gifted and talented coordinator who oversees the OM programs.

The Lawrence County School District has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind for at least the past 25 years and has sent 11 teams to the World Finals, making their first debut in 2005 at the University of Boulder in Colorado. During that year, Shawn Kelly and Cheryl Dail coached the "Hula Hotties," consisting of Rachael Jackson, Brent Smith, Hunter Moody, Garret Culbreath, Natalea Foster and Nicholas Dail in Stunt Mobile, division II.

James crowned Miss NEA

Walnut Ridge High School senior Chloe James was crowned Miss NEA on Saturday at the annual pageant, which was held at Riverside High School.

The daughter of David and Darlene James, she advanced to the Miss NEA pageant through the Miss Bobcat pageant, where she was named first runner-up. She is also salutatorian of her graduating class.

"I am so honored to hold this title and represent Walnut Ridge High school," she said. "I appreciate the continuous support from the community, everyone at Walnut Ridge High School, and especially my parents and grandparents."

Barnett on Maryland's Top 100 Women list

The Maryland Daily Record has named Walnut Ridge native Angie Barnett to its 2017 listing of Maryland's Top 100 Women.

Barnett is president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau, serving Greater Maryland. A graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, she is the daughter of Norma Taylor of Walnut Ridge and the late James Taylor.

The Daily Record began Maryland's Top 100 Women in 1996 to recognize outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. A record number of 435 women were nominated this year for the statewide honor.

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