April 12, 2017 Edition

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Wings of Honor Museum Board member Frank Wilson (left) spoke at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting Thursday. He emphasized the importance of passing history on to future generations as the 75th anniversary of the WWII Walnut Ridge Army Air Field approaches.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Air field reunion, air show
discussed at Chamber quarterly

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce held its quarterly meeting Thursday at the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge.

Museum Board President Harold Johnson and board member Frank Wilson presented about the history of the WWII Walnut Ridge Army Air Field as it approaches its 75th anniversary.

Johnson said times were tough when the air field began construction on June 20, 1942. The economy of Northeast Arkansas felt the impact of the air field.

The flat land surrounding Walnut Ridge proved suitable for building the runways needed to train pilots to be deployed. Of the 5,310 pilots enrolled, 4,461 graduated.

County to honor Jarboe

The Lawrence County Quorum Court discussed hiring a new county attorney following the death of Dick Jarboe.

County Judge John Thomison said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Cooper will assist the county as able until a solution is found. He added that they would like to hire someone locally if possible.

While hiring an attorney is the responsibility of the county judge, Thomison said he wants the court's full input. "I want us all to be on the same page."

ATOD 5K raises $6,400

Lawrence County's ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition hosted its fourth annual Run Like a Boss 5K race on Saturday morning at Stewart Park. Alison Johnson of ATOD said the event raised approximately $6,400.

Johnson thanked the participants and sponsors who helped make the event a success. (See the related ad for a list of sponsors.)

For the third year in a row, the 5K winner was Kendall Townsley, age 16, of Cave City. The race was first held in 2014, when Townsley, then 13, finished first in his age division.

Halford retiring from WBC basketball program

When the 2017 school year begins at Williams Baptist College, there will be a new Lady Eagles basketball coach strolling the sidelines for the first time in 33 years. Head coach and women's basketball coaching legend Carol Halford is retiring from the sport after 33 seasons at WBC's helm and 519 career victories.

"Coaching for 33 years at a great institution like WBC has been a fulfilling experience to say the least. It is about the people, the places we have been and the memories we made along the way. I am grateful to all the special players that made coaching a pleasure. I want to personally thank Dr. Tom Jones, Coach Jeff Rider and the WBC coaching staff for the support through the years," said Halford

Accident claims life

A Smithville woman lost her life in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 115 in Jesup on the evening of April 5.

According to a preliminary fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police, Stephanie N. Hufford, 35, was killed when the 2004 Grand Prix she was driving eastbound left the roadway in a curve and struck a tree.

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