May 10, 2017 Edition

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Air field's 75th year marked well

Saturday was a wonderful day in Walnut Ridge as we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Walnut Ridge WWII Army Air Field.

As recovery continues from devastating flooding, thousands flocked to the Walnut Ridge Airport to honor veterans and watch a free air show presented by the Wings of Honor Museum.

The week leading up to the event was a roller coaster as we watched and anticipated how the flooding would impact our communities, as well as whether or not we would be able to continue with this celebration that we had been planning since last year's Walnut Ridge Air Field Reunion and Wings of Honor Festival.
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Pictures of the Past

This photo shows grades one through five of the Old Walnut Ridge Wing School during the summer term of 1957. The term provided extra help for Walnut Ridge Elementary students with individualized instruction by teacher Melba Ruth Dixon to ensure they would be promoted to the next grade. Students are believed to be as follows (front, from left): Wanda "Bugsy" Hammond, Brenda Cypret Denison, Timothy Allison, Ludie Bell "Kathy" Hammond Johnson, Connie McCall, unknown, Roger Dunn; (second row) Roger Teel, unknown, Kay Looney Matthews, Paula Ponder Bishop, Brenda Bookout, Jerry McCall, Danny Barr; (third row) Larry Martin, Billy Barr, Joe Hammond, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown; (back row) unknown and Dixon. If anyone can identify any of the other students or has any corrections to identifications, contact Brenda Cypret Denison at brendadenison@suddenlink.net. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo Courtesy of Brenda Denison

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