Sue Ann Jones, wife of Earl Jones, dies Aug. 31

Sue Ann Jones, age 60, died Aug. 31. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Augusta. Her husband, Earl Jones, formerly pastored Felsenthal Baptist Church in Felsenthal. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant child. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and four grandsons.


Historic church renovation 'a labor of love'

View a photo gallery on renovation work at Parkdale Baptist.

Read the story about Parkdale Baptist published in the Nov. 27, 2008 edition of the Arkansas Baptist News (PDF file).



WBC freshman enrollment up 5%  

WALNUT RIDGE – The largest freshman class in the recent history of Williams Baptist College (WBC) has pushed the college to enrollment gains on its Walnut Ridge campus. Total enrollment on the main campus climbed 2 percent for the fall 2014 semester, and the number of students living on campus climbed even more dramatically.

WBC enrolled 164 freshmen for the fall semester, setting a modern record for the college and marking the largest group of new students at Williams in nearly 50 years. The freshman count is up 5 percent over last year.

The college has an on-campus enrollment of 511 students this fall, with a full time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of 513. Both numbers reflect an increase of 10 students, or two percent, over last fall.

“It is truly exciting to see so many new students on the WBC campus this fall, and it is always great news when we can announce enrollment gains.  This just means more students are receiving a high quality college education at Williams,” said Tom Jones, WBC president.

The number of students living in WBC residence halls jumped from 324 to 377 this fall, which is a 16 percent increase.

“The increase in residence hall numbers indicates that students are coming from a greater distance to attend Williams.  We are delighted to have students from across the country and across the world,” Jones said.

The overall enrollment at WBC, counting the Walnut Ridge campus and several off-campus extensions, came in at 550, which is down from 574 last fall.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.


Reed dies Sept. 6 at age 96

LITTLE ROCK - Imogene Lacy Reed, 96, of Little Rock, died Sept. 6. She was a member of Parkway Place Baptist Church, Little Rock. She was born in Mena on Feb. 19, 1918, to Emory and Maggie Lacy; was a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and was married to Jesse S. Reed, former evangelism director for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

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ABCHomes receives creative gift


David Perry, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes), and Stella Prather, ABCHomes director of communications, show off a cake baked by Karen Gilbert, member of Washington Baptist Church, Washington. The cake is a replica of the ABCHomes’ Jonesboro Family Care Home.