July 5, 2017 Edition

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Congratulations, Worlow family

John Bland

It is often said, and true, that farming is big business in Lawrence County. We have many excellent farmers in the county and among them are this year's Farm Family of 2017, brothers Mitchell Worlow and Jeff Worlow and their families.

The Worlows have a big farming operation in the Sedgwick area. As do other farmers, they face the challenges of rising production costs and unpredictable weather and market prices. The Worlows join a long list of outstanding farm families, including their parents, Glen and Tish Worlow, who are past recipients of this honor.

Please take time to read the special 2017 Farm Family of the Year section in this week's TD. The Worlow and our other farm families deserve our respect and admiration for their hard work and contribution to our economy and our food supplies.


Residents of Walnut Ridge will see a major change this week with the delivery of trash carts for each residence in the city. The carts are being provided by the city but are the responsibility of residents to store and place approximately three feet from the street on their trash pickup days.

A mechanical arm will grasp and empty each cart, which is expected to save the city time and manpower that can be used for other city needs. Garbage rates will remain at the present rate for $12 per month. Further details regarding the new process can be read on a cardboard hanger accompanying each cart.


Walnut Ridge photographer Ashley George of Creative Tough Photography has made herself known in pageant circles, including those affiliated with the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Read about her pageant involvement in this week's front-page story by Aubree Hughart, TD intern. Ashley is also a staff photographer for The TD.


Over the years, it has been my privilege to attend several class reunions for the purpose of taking photos for The TD. The Walnut Ridge High School Class of 1977 held their 40-year reunion Saturday night at The Venue. Judy Davis Goodwin, class president, with the help of several class members, had one of the best I have attended.

The Venue was just the right size for the classmates and their guests. The decorations included Bobcat memorabilia and lots of photos, including a cake with all the class senior portraits. Events of the evening included a tribute to the 12 deceased class members and a walk to nearby Beatles Park for photo ops.

It would be impossible for us to cover every class reunion that takes place in Lawrence County, but we are happy to do so when we are asked and able to attend. We also welcome good, clear photos from class reunions, since we live in an age when many people have good cameras or good cameras on their cell phones.

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