We note that Valentine’s Day was scarcely mentioned in earlier editions of the Van Buren County Democrat. (Some might say that reflects a lack of romance. We prefer it being a reflection of a busy community with work to accomplish.)

On Feb. 14, 1957 the top picture was of the Beta Club being organized at the Clinton Vocational Training School with (by our count) 39 students and an advisor pictured. The group had just attended the Beta Convention in Little Rock.

The top story laid out that the City of Clinton was going to get serious about enforcing its Occupation Tax. The tax, passed in 1952, was due Feb. 1, but the council agreed to give businesses until March 31 to pay it before penalties would be levied.

James Wallace had just graduated from Air Force boot camp. Rural Development was “picking up speed,” and an opportunity existed for those willing to dedicate acreage to strawberries. A study was also being made about opportunities in egg marketing.

A can of vegetable soup was 10 cents.

Business still Feb. 8, 2006. Faye’s Diamond Mine had won a prestigious Buyer’s Choice award at a New York City convention. Inside the papers were several ads taken out congratulating the business, and Faye, for her award.

Shirley was set to vote on a new High School, and a local law office suffered fire damage, with no injuries.