October 31, 2008

Yellowjackets Overwhelm Leopards 12-0

There could be no better day than Halloween to post this article reporting our shut-out of the black & orange rivals from Malvern!

The Yellowjacket defense forced three turnovers and allowed just two first downs and eleven total yards, all of which came on the ground, against the Leopards last Friday night. Final score Sheridan 21 Malvern 0.

Yellowjackets overwhelm Leopards by a score of 21-0
By Andy Mayberry

Using an awesome display by the defense, the Sheridan Yellowjackets overwhelmed the Malvern Leopards by a score of 21-0 on Friday, October 30.

The Yellowjacket defense forced three turnovers and allowed just two first downs and eleven total yards, all of which came on the ground.

Malvern received the opening kickoff at their own 32 yard line. On third and six, Brad LaRue intercepted a Leopard pass at the 42 and ran it back to the Malvern 25 yard line.

After being unable to move the ball, both teams exchanged punts. On first down at the Yellowjacket 21, Gary Brown broke free and ran 41 yards down to the Leopard’s 38 yard line. Moments later, Brown carried the ball into the end zone from five yards out to give Sheridan an early lead. Larry Campbell added the extra-point to make the score 7-0.

With 1:28 left in the first half, Sheridan faced a first and 15 at their own 35 yard line when LaRue hit Willie Traylor on a 65 yard bomb. Campbell added the extra-point to give the Yellowjackets a 14-0 halftime lead.

Early in the second half, Brown picked off a Leopard pass and ran it back to Malvern’s 27 yard line. On first and goal at the three, David Damron carried the ball in for Sheridan’s third touchdown of the game. Campbell’s extra-point gave the Yellowjackets a 21-0 lead with 5:47 left in the third quarter.

From that point on, the two teams combined to punt the ball away six times. For the game, Sheridan punted four times for a 32 yard average, and Malvern was forced to punt seven times for a 40 yard average.

The Yellowjackets rolled up 261 yards of total offense while limiting the Leopards to a mere 11 yards.

Gary Brown led Sheridan with 97 yards on 14 carries while David Damron added 36 yards on 10 carries, and Scott Herron finished with 7 carries for 31 yards. Herron also caught one pass for 11 yards.

With the victory, the Yellowjackets, ranked third in class AAA, improved their record to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Malvern dropped to 2-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

After the game, Coach Don Campbell remarked, “We’re 9-0 and 5AAA-South District champs. You can’t beat that.

“Our defense played super, and our offense was better. Our backs played great, and we completed some big passes.”

Campbell also added, “I love these crowds. We really want to have another big crowd this week (against J. A. Fair).”

Sheridan’s last game of the regular season will be Friday, November 6, at home against the J. A. Fair War Eagles. Kickoff will be at 7:30.

Everyone is strongly urged to come out and support the Yellowjackets.

October 30, 2008

Class Reunion - The Lakeside Country Club

If you're like me (and I know I am), and you're not an East Ender, then perhaps the Lakeside Country Club on Woodson Lateral Road is new to you. I had never heard of such a place until Greg McGathy suggested it for a reuion venue. Turns out, it's been in the community for YEARS!

I snapped a few shots of this rustic secret on my way back from a Sheridan trip recently, to introduce LCC to those of you who've never been here.

Click on any image to enlarge.

We might just have this huge rock fireplace roarin' during our reunion on Friday evening, January 16th.

This is like a sunroom with 3 sets of double doors that open up to a large patio which overlooks the 600 acre Lake Ferguson.

As you can see, this is a great location, a beautiful building, and it'll make for a great first night of our 20 year reunion. For more information about the reunion and to register online, click here.

October 29, 2008

Beat Malvern Dance

Beat Malvern Dance Coming

Come dance to the beat with Pepsi as they and Older Girl Scouts of Sheridan present the Pepsi Video Van and a surprise D.J. on October 24, 7:00 to 11:00 at the Sheridan National Guard Armory.

Tickets will be on sale next week at your schools (Jr. High and Sr. High).

Tickets will be $3.00 each and only a limited number will be sold. Come pay your last respects to the Panthers and dance with Pepsi and us.

Now, I have a couple of questions about this intriguing little article...

  1. Who/what were the "Older Girl Scouts of Sheridan"?
  2. Who was the "suprise D.J.?"
  3. Can you find the one major mistake in this article?

October 28, 2008

Seniors Talk About Crowds

We played well in the first half," said Coach Campbell. "We blocked and passed well. We also played good defense."

Seniors talk about crowds
By Andy Mayberry

If you are a Sheridan resident and haven’t watched a Yellowjacket football game this season, you are among the minority.

The Yellowjackets have drawn huge crowds for each game this year. Sheridan fans often outnumber fans from opposing schools; even at away games.

The players and coaches from Sheridan greatly appreciate the support. Here is what some of the seniors had to say.

“The crowd has enthusiasm when we’re on the field. When it’s fourth and one, they’ll root us on. I think they’re a major part of the team,” said running back David Damron.

“The big crowds are great. They seem to really get into the game when we play the bigger teams,” said defensive lineman Steve Coleman.

Said defensive lineman Alan Holmes, “When we are down a little bit, it really feels good to be able to look up and see a big crowd. It makes you feel better to know all of those people want to see you play.”

“The enthusiasm is great. The crowd means a lot to us. It really fires us up,” remarked quarterback Brad LaRue.

“The crowd is all right! The people are yelling and screaming, and there are people down on the sideline going crazy. It’s awesome,” said offensive lineman, Jamey Black.

“They give us spirit and make us play together as a team. The team isn’t complete without the crowd,” claimed defensive back Brand Moon.

“The crowd gives you extra energy you didn’t know you had,” said offensive lineman Phillip Clifford. “It makes you want to give it all you can for the fans.”

Tight end Andy Crouse said, “The large crowds let you know that the town and the school are behind you, and that makes us play better.”

Head coach Don Campbell also appreciates the crowd. “The crowds have been fantastic. They are always unbelievable.”

All of the Yellowjacket players and coaches enjoy the large crowds, and many expressed a great desire to please the fans to keep their support for the team.
If you haven’t made it out to a Sheridan game yet, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.

Notice the small article included above: "Beat Malvern Dance Coming?" More on that one tomorrow.

October 27, 2008

80's Tees

By now you've noticed the "80's Tees" banner ads on this blog and over at sheridan88.com. I wanted to take a moment & let you know a bit more about these cool tees.

I can't remember how I found the site... but as much googling as I do for all things 80, I'm not suprised I found it. This has to be the best collection of vintage 80's t-shirts available. Just look at a SMALL sample of what they have:

Now, I've posted the 80's Tees ads for two reasons. Real simple & quick:

1. This is an 80's blog. We love the 80's. Everybody loves t-shirts. It's a perfect fit.
2. I make a whopping 18% commission on any sale generated from the ads. That's what I'm talkin' about!

See, you knew all along I was in it for the money didn't ya! Hey - I gotta justify these late nights somehow! But seriously - I don't care if anybody buys a t-shirt. I'm not even gonna ask you to buy a t-shirt. But if you do buy a t-shirt, I'm thinkin', why shouldn't I get a little kick back?!

That's all.

My apologies for wasting today's blog post on advertising. But you gotta admit, the shirt designs are pretty cool!

October 24, 2008

The Sheridan Alma Mater

The Sheridan Alma Mater

O’ Sheridan High
O’ Sheridan High
Our love to thee we bring;
We love thy walls,
We love thy halls,
Our praises to thee sing.
May students ever come to thee
In search of truth and light,
And justice reign o’er thy domain
For years to prove thy might.

O’ Sheridan High
O’ Sheridan High
Thy royal and thy gold.
Thy flag shall ever wave for thee,
Emblem of love untold;
Our alma mater now we bring,
Our pledge of loyalty.
Throughout the world our voices ring
Dear Sheridan High for thee.

-Words by Betty Sue and Russell Harris
-Music by Dale Martin

I can't help but comment on the line in the first verse "May students ever come to thee in search of truth and light". With all due respect to my alma mater, I'd like to redirect your search to the true source of Truth and Light here.

Yellowjackets Defeat Bulldogs 21-19

Boy, do I remember this game!

Yellowjackets defeat Bulldogs score of 21-19
By Andy Mayberry

The Sheridan Yellowjackets used a 77 yard drive to score the go-ahead touchdown with 2:33 left in the game as they defeated the White Hall Bulldogs by a score of 21-19 on Friday, October 23.

White Hall received the opening kickoff but was forced to punt three plays later. After receiving the punt at the Bulldog 43, Sheridan drove the ball down to the one yard line where they faced a fourth and goal situation. On the next play, Gary Brown bulled his way into the end zone for the first score of the game. Larry Campbell’s extra-point gave the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead.

With ten seconds remaining in the opening quarter, White Hall’s Marcus Jones rambled 59 yards for a touchdown. Theon Barnes added the extra-point to tie the score at 7-7.

Following a 56 yard halfback pass to Willie Traylor, White Hall recovered a Sheridan fumble at the Bulldog’s six yard line. On third and seven, David Damron picked off a pass and ran 25 yards for a touchdown. Campbell’s extra-point gave Sheridan a 14-7 lead with 5:55 remaining in the first half of play.

In the third quarter, the Bulldogs used over five minutes as they marched 90 yards for a touchdown. On first and goal at the seven, Jones again ran it in for the score. The point-after attempt failed, leaving the score 14-13 in favor of Sheridan.

After intercepting a Yellowjacket pass at the Sheridan 38 yard line, White Hall faced a fourth and two at the 30 when an offside penalty against Sheridan gave the Bulldogs a first down just before the end of the quarter. With 11:01 left in the game, Alan Holmes recovered a fumble at the 14 yard line to thwart the Bulldog drive.

Moments later, White Hall scored another touchdown after returning a punt back to the Yellowjackets 31 yard line. A missed extra-point left the score 19-14 with 4:50 remaining in the game.

Sheridan moved the ball from their own 23 down to the White Hall 13, aided by a 34 yard run by Gary Brown. On third down and ten, Brad LaRue pitched out to Damron and then circled around the left end. Damron lofted a pass between four defenders, and LaRue made the reception for the game-winning touchdown. Campbell’s kick made the score 21-19 with 2:33 left in the game.

On fourth down and ten at the White Hall 45, Scott Herron broke up a pass at the ten yard line to seal the Yellowjacket victory.

“I just don’t know what to say,” said Coach Don Campbell. “Our kids just hung in there and won the game.

“We owe the fans our thanks. There were people here at 5:15. We want the fans to know that we appreciate them. They are the unsung heroes of this game.”

The Sheridan victory means that they need only to win one of their two remaining games to clinch at least a share of the conference championship.

The Yellowjackets’ next game will be Friday, October 30, at Malvern. Sheridan will then finish its season against J. A. Fair at home on the following Friday.

With the win, Sheridan raised its record to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the 5AAA-South conference. White Hall dropped to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Fan support at White Hall game was tremendous.

October 23, 2008

The Early Growth of Sheridan Schools

SHERIDAN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, built in 1970, is one of the most modern in Arkansas. Built at a cost of $900,000, it contains 65,000 sq. ft. of floor space and has 28 classrooms in addition to a gymnasium, offices, and one of the best equipped Agricultural shops in the state. Construction is of concrete blocks, bricks and steel. The sign in front of the building is the original one placed in front of the old 1913 high school by the Class of 27-28.

(I noticed when in Sheridan recently that this old sign is no longer in front of the high school. I'm assuming it's now at the Grant County Museum. Does anyone know for certain?)

Sheridan Schools’ Growth Fantastic
By Alma G. Stuckey

Sheridan Schools, one of the fastest growing school systems in Arkansas, had its beginning in a two-story frame building which stood at the present site of the old brick Agriculture building near the Kelly-Williams gymnasium at the old high school. It is known that I. W. Blacklock was a teacher in the school during the last year it was used.

In 1913, the Sheridan School District erected the first brick building ever used in Grant County near the site of the first school. The building had two floors, each floor divided into four rooms. The first graduating class of the then new high school contained one senior – the late Sam L. McDonald. I. W. Blacklock was principal of the school.

During the years from 1913 through 1924, heading the school as either principal or superintendent were I. W. Blacklock, 1914-15; J. M. Cathy, 1916; H. A. Bruce, 1917; John R. Hubbard, 1918; Ed F. McDonald, 1919-1920; Thomas H. Berry, 1921-23, and S. A. Sims, 1924.

Between the years of 1925 and 1933, L. A. Francis, E. D. Brandon, and Alton Thomas headed the school as superintendents. In 1933, at the height of America’s worst economic depression, A. R. McKenzie took over the office as Superintendent, offering to assume full duties with no pay above his regular salary as Agriculture teacher, a position he had assumed when he first came to Sheridan in 1924. To alleviate the condition of low finances, Student Government was adopted. The part the students played in keeping an honor study hall saved the school one teacher’s salary.

In 1936, Sheridan school district purchased the Missionary Baptist College property for $7,500, and set it up as Sheridan Elementary School. After the college building burned in November, 1957, the present grade school was constructed. McKenzie Hall, still used by the school system, was built as an N.Y.A. project in 1942. A bond issue passed in 1947 was used to finance the construction of a new gymnasium – named the Kelly-Gymnasium, and a new music building, Mitchell Hall, named for Coats A. Mitchell, a long-time school board member, was also finished that year. The new grade school was occupied in 1957.

A. R. McKenzie retired as Superintendent in 1962, and Clyde H. Koon took over as head of the Sheridan School System. The first year he served as superintendent, the enrollment in Sheridan Schools was 1300. There was a total of 55 teachers on the faculty.

In 1963, the Sheridan District approved a $400,000 bond issue, and Arkansas’s first ultra modern air-conditioned, windowless school was built for grades 9 through 12. The Student Council landscaped the grounds and built a fountain in front of the building. The fountain was dedicated to Mrs. R. H. Thornton, longtime student council sponsor.

The Sheridan School Board purchased 20 acres of land on the west side of town in 1967 for the purpose of locating a new high school there. In 1969, voters in District 37 approved a 10-mill tax increase and a bond issue of $1,233,000. Enough of the bonds were sold to construct a new senior high school and a cafeteria to be shared with the grade school. In 1972, the remaining bonds were sold and a new gymnasium and agri shop were built. Four new air-conditioned rooms were built at East End School, a part of the Sheridan system.

In 1973, $103,000 of second lien bonds were issued to complete the East End School, a library and an office, and to complete the lower floor of the senior high school. In 1975, District voters approved a five-mill tax increase to provide funds to enlarge the high school with six rooms, and the junior high school with nine classrooms, and a cafeteria. The ninth grade was moved to senior high school, and middle school students were moved from the original 1913 building to what would now be called Middle School, containing 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

The 1,300 enrollment in 1962 has increased to 2,700 in 1976; there is now a faculty of 120 teachers as compared to 55 in 1962, and a total of $2,100,000 has been spent on a necessary expansion program for Sheridan Schools in recent years. Sheridan School’s first brick high school constructed in 1913 has given way to progress – all students have been moved out of the building, its use yet to be worked out.

Sheridan School District No. 37 has grown from a one-building school taking care of all students to a $2,000,000 system with 2,700 student enrollment. Along the way the Sheridan District has picked up 22 districts through consolidation. They include Lost Creek, Harlow, Liberty Bois’d Arc, Cross Roads, Stuckey, Corinth, Wilson, Hood, Little Creek, Moore, Palestine, Cane Creek, Shiloh, Sandy Ridge, Tabor, Carder, Providence, Orion, Oak Grove, Walnut Ridge, and East End.

Again, many thanks to Vicki Ausbrooks for typing out all of the lengthy newspaper articles you're reading on this blog.

October 22, 2008

Where Is This?

Last week I posted the pic above to see if anyone could identify the location. Debra Howard & Scott Warmack were the only ones to comment & both were correct. This is Essie's Restaurant in Sheridan - (currently "Karla's") - where we held our senior breakfast (when it was "Charlie's" - owned by Travis Miller's family). Can anyone think of any other owner's and/or names this famous restaurant has had?
My memories of Essie's go way back before our senior breakfast... Scott's recollection of the organist is starting to ease it's way back into my mind, but I had totally forgotten about that until he mentioned it.
I spent many mornings at Essie's with my Papaw as he stopped for his morning coffee. The waitresses would always ask, "You got your helper with you today, Si?" I'd impatiently wait for him to finish that bottomless cup o' joe, only to have the waitress come back around and top it off again! Papaw would eventually finish up and was faithful to leave 2 quarters as a tip for his waitress. Fifty cents didn't seem like much, but I'm guessing the coffee cost less than that.
I always wanted one of those cow-head kiddee cups that they displayed high up on the shelf on the back wall. Never got one though. I did eat six whole tacos one Thursday night during the Mexican buffet. I thought I was an animal! I also remember the towel dispenser in the restroom - one of those that had the roll of cloth towel that you had to crank out until you found a dry spot. I just assumed we all were reusing the same towel... that was back before we had germs.
Well, I don't know if you can get tacos at Karla's on Thursday nights anymore, but you can get them almost any night at the Midget Market. That's right, the MM is a Mexican Restaurant now. No more video games.

October 21, 2008

Back to the Zoo

I posted the first photo below back in August, but have since found several more photos from Mrs. Tolson's kindergarten class trip to the zoo.

I just took my children to the LR Zoo about a week ago, it's much different now. For one thing, it almost cost more for one adult to get in today ($8) than it did our entire class back in the 70's! The former entrance gates are now gone & the old carousel sits in that spot. Also, the cages you see in the background of the photo below were the large cat cages. This building has now been renovated into a large snack bar called the "African Cafe". That's right, you can now eat a corndog in the same spot where Nala the lioness used to chew on that old bowling ball.

Front Row: Lee Shaw, James "Sugarfoot" Hicks, Chase Coleman, Vicki Thompson, Angela Rogers, Betty Jo Skorcz
Middle Row: Deanna Fowler, Jon Paul Anderton, Jeffrey Darnell, Jamey Black, Jackie McElroy
Back Row: Debbie Fowler, Suzanne Kirk, Aaron Wilson, Kim Smith, Vandra Williams, Terry Mayberry

1975 Fashion Tip: Bell bottoms, midriffs and red pants - you can't go wrong.

This is Kim Smith and myself leaning over the wall to pet the bunny. I don't remember much at all about the zoo trip, but I distinctly remember doing this! I also remember playing in the large shoe (remember that... from the "There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe" nursery rhyme?)

October 20, 2008

Kindergarten Christmas

I'm not sure why the Sheridan Headlight featured our class for this picture, but my mom has hung on to this clipping for a loooong time.

THE BOYS AND GIRLS in Mrs. Tolson's kindergarten room rest on their laurels as they admire their beautiful Christmas tree.

Here's my attempt to i.d. everyone:

Front Row L-R: Jeffrey Darnell, Fred Pemberton, Bryan Tygart, Jackie McElroy, Betty Jo Skorcz
Middle Row: Terry Mayberry, Vicki Thompson, Angela Rogers, Lee Shaw, Lynn Childers
Back Row: Vandra Williams, Kim Smith, Aaron Wilson, James Hicks, Jody Wiggins, Jon Paul Anderton, Phillip Clifford

Check out the Christmas craft hanging on the chalkboard & seen above. I remember making this reindeer... with Q-tips for antlers... probably cupcake papers for eyes & lots of construction paper. I still have some of my elementary crafts... guess I'll have to start diggin' again! Stay tuned!

October 17, 2008

Yellowjackets Defeat Lumberjacks 14-10

Yellowjackets defeat Lumberjacks
By Andy Mayberry

The Sheridan Yellowjackets had to come from behind to defeat the Warren Lumberjacks by a score of 14-10 on Friday, October 16.

After recovering a fumble at their own 26, Warren drove the ball to the Sheridan 22 yard line. Faced with a third down and six, the Lumberjacks passed to the end zone, but the pass was broken up by Scott Herron. David Damron put an end to the Lumberjacks’ drive with an interception of a fourth down pass at the 16.

Sheridan ran over seven minutes off the clock as they drove 84 yards for the first score of the game. With 7:41 remaining in the first half of play, Gary Brown scored from one yard out. Larry Campbell kicked the extra-point to give the Yellowjackets a 7-0 lead.

Warren’s Ricky Paskell returned the ensuing kickoff back to the Sheridan 20 yard line. On fourth and goal at the two, the Yellowjacket defense stuffed Warren at the one yard line.

Moments later, the Lumberjacks recovered another Sheridan fumble at the Yellowjackets’ ten yard line. Sheridan’s defense held tough, though, and forced Warren to settle for a 27 yard field goal with 2:43 left in the half.

In the third quarter, Paskell intercepted a Yellowjacket pass and returned it to the Sheridan 20. Two plays later, Michael Yon scored the only Warren touchdown of the game. The extra-point gave the Lumberjacks a 10-7 lead with 6:36 left in the third quarter.

On Sheridan’s next possession, the Jackets faced a third and ten when Damron threw a 38 yard halfback pass to Bill Berry at the Warren 13 yard line. On first and goal at the two, Brown scored his second touchdown of the evening. Campbell’s extra-point gave Sheridan a 14-0 lead with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Yellowjackets forced Warren to punt, and Sheridan took over at their own 20 yard line with 9:49 left in the game. Sheridan never allowed the Lumberjacks to touch the ball again as they kept control of it for the remainder of the game to ice the 14-10 victory.

Sheridan finished with 289 yards of total offense while holding Warren to just 107 yards.

The Yellowjackets rushed for 237 yards and completed two of three passes for 52 yards.

Individual leaders for Sheridan included: Gary Brown, 23 carries for 104 yards and two TD’s; David Damron, 16 carries for 84 yards; and Bill Berry, two receptions for 52 yards.

Sheridan improved its record to 7-0 while Warren dropped to 3-3-1.

After the game, Coach Campbell remarked, “It was a heck of a ballgame. That last offensive drive was super. The offensive line and the backs did a great job, and the defense had a couple of good stands.

We were behind and came back. That’s the mark of a good team. Now we just need to get ready for next week (against White Hall).”

The Yellowjackets will play at White Hall on Friday, October 23 at 7:30.

October 16, 2008

Old School

"The first brick school building in Grant County was constructed in Sheridan in 1913.

The Sheridan School

A school was located just east of the present city of Sheridan in 1868. A short time later this school was probably relocated within the city limits. Speculation is that this building was located on Bell Street between Oak and Main. Classes for lower grades were being conducted there in 1879.

One of the first teachers to be employed in the Sheridan School was Professor F. E. Winston, who was succeeded by Tom Ruffin.

The Bell Street school remained at that location for a brief time and was soon relocated in 1882 at the site of the present Sheridan Middle School campus on Rock Street. This frame building was about twenty by thirty-six feet with a second story Masonic Hall and was administered by R. M. Rodgers. In 1886 he established a Normal School for the training of local teachers, locating it near the northwest corner of Oak and Pine streets in Sheridan.

In 1893-94 the Board of Directors for the Sheridan School included Dr. J. B. Shaw, A. B. Childers, and P. E. Harper. The principal at that time was R. W. Anderson, with Frank W. Rushing as assistant principal.

The curriculum in 1893-94 included higher arithmetic, algebra, geology, higher English, natural sciences, and Latin.

In 1913 Sheridan students moved into a new two-story brick building constructed just south of the old frame school. A warranty deed from President of the School Board J. L. Butler and Secretary T. C. Rushing in 1911 shows that one acre of land for this facility was purchased from W. D. McDonald for $18.50. There is also a mortgage record dated 1912 to the State Bank of Chicago for $12,000 to “build and equip a new building, at six percent per annum, payable semi-annually.” This building, which is still standing, is described in the Grant County Museum files in a 1917 handbook.

Starting about 1913, the school was expanded to ten grades and later to twelve. In 1913 there was one graduate from Sheridan School, Sam L. McDonald. His name was placed on the sidewalk at the front steps of the school building, beginning a tradition that continues today.

The 1913 building, circa 1980's, before it's renovation into the current administration building.

October 15, 2008

Where Is This?

Who can tell me where this photo was taken? Who knows... the winner might even get a prize! Leave your name & your guess in the comments section.

October 14, 2008

Wally World

You know you're a redneck if your fondest memories growing up took place in a Walmart discount store.

I'm proud to say that many of mine did!

Right after the Sheridan Wal-Mart (pronounced "WalmartS") opened in 1980, on a rare and very special occasion we would take a trip way down south of town where Cliff Peck Chevrolet was before it burned. Don't remember Cliff Peck? How 'bout that circus outfit that came to town about as often as Haley's Comet... remember that? All happened in the same spot. Cliff Peck Chevy... rag tag circus event... new Walmart. And now, of course, the new Walmart Supercenter.

So, we'd make those special trips down to Walmart for our daily necessities - my primary necessity being the Matchbox Cars they sold for 76 cents. They were hanging there on the toy aisle... the second or third aisle from the front of the store. I think it was that same aisle I would have to mop 16 years later during my first night on the job as a Walmart Stock Clerk when somebody's diaper-less baby left a pile in the middle of the aisle and a shopping cart wheel trucked right through it, leaving a skid mark longer than any you'd find out at the Benton quarter. My point being... I remember buying those Matchbox cars there. But this is only the first of many - MANY Walmart memories...
  • Joe Dan Reed's grandma worked there, so I thought she owned the store & could get Joe Dan anything he wanted. Lucky.
  • He did get the first EVER digital watch that would play "Dixie" from Walmart. I don't think I've ever wanted something more in my life than a watch that played "Dixie". My dad finally bought one off a guy at work... played "Dixie" AND "Stars and Stripes Forever". Eat your heart out Joe Dan!
  • We bought our first microwave at the Sheridan Walmarts. It weighed 300 pounds.
  • At this Walmart, I resisted the urge to buy one of those fake "Panama Jack" shirts - so wanting to fit in, but knowing that wearing anything off the Walmart clothing rack was not the way to do it.
  • For obvious reasons, I not only resisted - but refused to buy one of John Anderson's "Swingin'" T-shirts from this store... even if Charlotte Johnson was "really lookin' good."
  • This Walmart used to sell Wrangler - back before they were cowboy cool.
  • I bought many of these at Walmart.
  • As I alluded to earlier, I got my very first job at this Walmart as a stockman.
  • I eventually worked in the Electronics department selling these new-fangled digital audio recordings called, "Compact Discs" to many of you. Well - not many of you... only those who could shell out $600 for the CD player.
  • I later would work my way up through the management training program beginning in this store.
  • And, the most memorable event I have from the Sheridan Walmart: I met my wife in this store. Now THAT, my friends, is RED - NECK!

And those are my memories from the Sheridan Walmarts. Now, here are images from their Grand Opening Ad from a 1980 Sheridan Headlight.

We never could afford Prang watercolors. Now I see why... they were high!.

The boys' football jersey above can now be bought on Ebay under the "Vintage Clothing" category for about twenty bucks.

Hole N' Sole Sandal. Nice.

I'd bet if I dug around long enough, I'd find some old 4th & 5th grade photos of some of you girls sporting coats like these!

Remember - the Pack-n-Play hasn't been invented yet!