40 Years Ago
Former President Gerald R. Ford will speak during the American Studies Lecture Series at Harding University in Searcy this spring, according to Harding President Clifton L. Ganus Jr. Other featured speakers will include CBS correspondent Richard C. Hottelet and Bill Waugh, president of the Casa Bonita Mexican restaurant chain.
Ford will speak April 23 in the Benson Auditorium. Waugh will speak Feb. 17 in the American Heritage Auditorium. Hottelet will speak March 17 in the Benson Auditorium.
Pictured in today’s paper is Sharp County Judge Frank Arnold signing the new county jail construction contract as architect Herman Lee and Gary Vinson, vice president of Vinson Construction of Batesville look on. The jail will be located just north of the mental health building in Ash Flat, across the east parking lot from the Sharp County Courthouse. The eight-cell jail and sheriff’s office will cost $159,912 with federal and state funds providing $120,000. Vinson Construction is the general contractor.
Obituaries in the paper today are Hayden Cockrill and Herbert D. Cannon.
Michaelangelo’s “Last Judgment” and other frescoes in the Sistine Chapel will be cleaned in the first major restoration work of the private papal chapel since it was built 500 years ago, the Vatican said.
Officials said it may take a team of experts up to 12 years to complete the restoration. The chapel is not expected to be closed to the public except when the ceiling frescoes are washed.
The Concord High School Pirates defeated the Pleasant Plains High School Panthers 79-57 in Pleasant Plains Wednesday night in a non-conference basketball game.
Terry Mote scored 18 points to pace three Pirate players in double figures. Jerry Messort added 17 for Concord, and Kenny Cousins scored 11. Mote and Steve Liles led the winners in rebounding with eight each.
Concord also won a preceding junior game 43-34 as Mark Spinks scored 15 points to lead the Junior Pirates. Ronnie Brackett was the leading rebounder for Concord with four.
Jan. 29, 1981
From Paul Buchanan’s Two Cents Worth column: Time to run the aging test again. If you’re not already a member of the Geritol set, you’re rapidly approaching that status in life when:
Life insurance salesmen never come around anymore.
You start talking about how far you had to walk to school back in the old days.
You’re forced to buy a larger medicine cabinet.
You realize you’re losing the battle of the bulge.
You watch the Lawrence Welk show on Saturday night and suddenly realize that the people on the dance floor are in your age bracket.
You don’t recognize any of the actors and actresses who receive Academy Awards.
Your weight-lifting exercise consists of getting up out of a chair.
Your favorite part of the newspaper is 25 years ago today.
You don’t like to drive at night outside the city limits.
You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions.
You start looking forward to your Social Security check and going to bed.
Obituaries in the paper today are Mendy Trammell, Fitzhugh Shaw and Dorothy J. Huff.
David Gaylon Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Davis Jr. of Desha, enlisted on Jan. 26 in the United States Air Force, according to Sgt. Ken Davenport, local Air Force recruiter.
Davis is a 1979 graduate of Desha High School. He has departed for Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to take six weeks of basic military training and has selected the administration specialist career field.
From Craig Ogilvie’s “This is Arkansas” item: The flag plaza at Village Creek State Park, between Forrest City and Wynne, features the world’s largest replica of the Arkansas state flag. It measures 100 feet in length.
The following are Billboard’s hot singles for the week ending Feb. 7 as they will appear in next week’s issue of Billboard magazine:
1. “Celebration,” Kool and the Gang
2. “The Tide is High,” Blondie
3. “I Love a Rainy Night,” Eddie Rabbitt
4. “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton
5. “Passion,” Rod Stewart
6. “Starting Over,” John Lennon
7. “Every Woman in the World,” Air Supply
8. “Woman,” John Lennon
9. “It’s My Turn,” Diana Ross
10. “Giving It Up for Your Love,” Delbert McClinton
Guard, Jan. 30, 1981