ASU band highlights parade

Thursday, January 7, 2010
The 196-member ASU band brought big sound to the Labor Day parade

This is the second part of the Democrat's year in review recap of the stories from 2009.


The Clay County Democrat releases a special magazine-style publication reflecting on the community's response to the late January ice storm...Abie Petty receives the Arkansas Activities Association Interscholastic Star award for her involvement in both the Rector school and community...The Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation sponsors an art show for RHS art students, resulting in $436 raised for the organization by the sale of students' works...Gifted and Talented students Kristie Hardin, Abie Petty, Chelsea Benson and Amanda Layer represent Rector in the Arkansas Finance Challenge competition, earning third place at the state level...The Rector School District announces classes will end May 28 following several days of closure due to the weather...Hillary Calhoun signs to play basketball with Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill...Rector native Mike Randleman serves as the Distinguished Alumni speaker for the ASU College of Fine Arts Honors Luncheon...Sarah Hester receives the first Moses Knight Scholarship awarded through the Helping Hands Foundation...Bethany Sisneros and Joabou Mitchell receive $5,000 scholarships from the Helping Hands Foundation...Plans for a proposed veterans memorial in Rector move forward following the organization of a committee to oversee the project and several generous donations...Blake McCarroll, Justin Duke and Hillary Calhoun represent Rector in the annual Sun Senior Classic at Jonesboro...Softball players Amanda Bradford, Hillary Calhoun, Stephanie DeMent and Bethany Sisneros are named to the All-Conference team, with Bradford and Calhoun also garnering All-State honors...Baseball players James Bradshaw, Justin Duke, Logan Buck and Dalton Shaw are selected to the All-Conference team...A crowd of 150 people gather for the fourth annual FFA Lawnmower Races at Boydsville...Delta Asphalt of Paragould resurfaces the Rector Municipal Airport runway...Clay County raises over $35,000 for cancer research as part of the annual Relay For Life event, with the Rector team, WRECK, raising $4,846...Logan Buck signs to play baseball with Crowley's Ridge College...Bethany Sisneros and Matt Williams are announced as queen and king, respectively, during the 2009 RHS Prom...The annual Rector Area Chamber of Commerce banquet honors the local members of the community who offered their help during the ice storm.


RES sixth graders complete the DARE program...Marmaduke advances to the state 2A baseball tournament...Classes begin, as the NEAITC celebrates its official opening...Rector Healthcare celebrates mothers with a Mother's Day Banquet...Logan Buck and Hillary Calhoun take home the Athletes of the Year awards at the RHS Athletic Banquet...Area National Guardsmen who served overseas as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom are honored during a special ceremony at Harding University in Searcy...Rector High School graduates 46 seniors during an emotional ceremony...Rector teachers Bill Rabjohn, Rebecca Simmons, Dereta Palmer, Kathy Cavaness and Rita Dortch retire after memorable careers in education...Marmaduke graduates 49 students in its Class of 2009...Rector sixth graders mark the completion of elementary school in a special ceremony...Hundreds visit Rector Downtown Park for the annual Mayfest celebration.


Tom Wagster and family celebrate the 25th anniversary of his life-saving heart transplant...Ray Taylor of Marmaduke signs with the Crowley's Ridge College baseball team...Dr. Len Kemp returns to the Rector Medical Clinic...Justin Duke signs on to join the CRC basketball team...Byron Phillips steps down as mayor of Marmaduke following a state investigation into charges relating to theft and drugs...Heavy rains cause many local producers to either delay planting or re-plant crops...Jessica Scott and Kelsey Wynn attend the 53rd annual National Leadership Forum at Harding University sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau...The Rector Commercial Historic District is named to the National Register of Historic Places...Operation Dadbags is honored during the 217th Freedom Salute event in Fort Smith for their efforts in assisting local troops...The Terry and Bret Palmer families are named the 2009 Clay County Farm Family...Marmaduke celebrates American independence with the return of the Marmaduke Picnic...Dalton Shaw wins the World Taekwando Championship at the American Taekwando Association tournament held in Little Rock...Several young students take part in Rector's first Kids College program hosted by BRTC...The City of Rector receives a grant in excess of $39,000 for the restoration of the waterworks building.


JoAnn Hoots retires after 30 years in local health care...Area students take part in the annual Celebration of the Arts event sponsored by the Clay County Arts Council...The Helping Hands Foundation benefit concert sells out a month in advance...Steve Dixon is appointed mayor by the Marmaduke City Council...David Hollis of the Air Evac Lifeteam is named the 2009 Regional Clinical Educator of the Year.


Rector native Paul Frets debuts his painting, "Picking Cotton," to be featured in the Helping Hands Foundation auction during the Labor Day weekend festivities...Aaron Parsley is hired as an assistant athletic trainer by Hendrix College...The Rector Water Department receives a $1,000 donation from Teleflora of Paragould...Rector senior citizens take part in the Senior Olympics at Paragould...Demetra Shultz is named the Grand Marshal for the 2009 Labor Day Parade...The 2009-10 school year begins at Rector and Marmaduke...Gail Burns is announced as an inductee into the Educational Theatre Association's Hall of Fame...Local farmers take part in the annual Clay County Field Day...New teachers Wendy Richardson, Keena Graham, Craig Dewey, Lance Ritter and Rachel McNamee are welcomed to the Rector School District.

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