September 27, 2017 Edition

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The new 'U' in Arkansas

Most all would agree that Williams Baptist College is one of our greatest assets in Lawrence County. The news last Wednesday that Williams Baptist College will be known, beginning July 1, 2018, as Williams Baptist University was met with unanimous favor.

Williams was founded in 1941 as Southern Baptist College. It operated as a junior college until 1984, when it moved to four-year status. Its name was changed to Williams Baptist College, in honor of founder Dr. H.E. Williams, on the college's 50th anniversary in 1991.

Pictures of the Past

This photo of Company K 153rd Infantry Regiment was taken in 1958 at summer camp in Fort Polk, La. The year before, the unit was called to active duty to assist with the integration of Central High School in Little Rock. Members are (front, from left): G.D. Gleghorn, D.L. Davis, R.H. Rainwater, O.W. Kellim, O.M. Manning, E.P. Healey, W.L. Mullen, Chester L. Myers, A.T. Adams, Kenneth L. Swan, L.C. Rainey, Lawrence E. Robert, Raymond E. Crafton, Bobby S. Guimon, Harold L. Mitehill, Leroy L. Johnson; (second row) John E. Nichols, Jack M. Allison, E.R. Stone, J.D. Wallin, L. Crafton, R.E. Verkler, Mansal G. Graham, C.W. Jones, J.D. McGinnis, Bobby L. Kearby, L.B. Mayland, Johnny E. Shields, C.W. Shaw, J.G. Nichols, R.E. Lee, Cleburne D. Brand; (third row) J.D. Blankenship, J.C. Hilburn, J.A. McMillon, A. Crafton, J.J. Hutsell, G.H. Rose, Conley W. Sullivan, W.D. Hibbard, Austin G. Smith, William M. Hennessee, J.B. Elders, J.F. Smith, Ronald C. Burrow, J.D. Daughtery, Rayburn Foster, A. Inman; (fourth row) Joe D. Winfrey, A. Foster, G.L. Floyd, R.E. Murphy, Z.C. Lawhon, J.C. Cook, Joe C. Cook, Bobby Lovelady, Douglas L. Swan, G.C. Whittaker, Wright, F. E. Petero, C.E. Dement, J.S. Sparrow, M.T. Graham; (back) J.A. Douglas, B.G. Oliver, Roger D. Waddell, W.J. Robinett, B.L. Bryant, Thomas L. Staten, Bobby D. Cook, Douglas Lovelady, John H. Oldham, Theron T. Graham, C.J. Waddell, C.D. Hoggard, B.J.Schmidt, D.E. Barnes and L.E. Cunningham. (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 Leroy Johnson

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