The summer of 1992, 25 years ago, was full of excitement in the area of sports. American Legion Baseball was making their mark as one of the best teams in the state and local golf was full of tournaments and achievements.
1992 was the first season for Ron Biggs as head coach of Newport after leaving Batesville. According to the Independent, Baseball fans at Newport know that this town is very rich in baseball tradition and the 1992 Kell team may be one of the surprise teams in the state. They are loaded with talent throughout the lineup with several of the players being All-State and All-Conference selections.
With players including Chris Pounder, Shannon Sullivan, Chad Soden and Jimmy McClure, the AAAA Legion were a force that summer. Jimmy McClure became the first Arkansas College baseball signee.
In the sport of golf, the Newport Country Club hosted the First Annual Ladies Invitational with 44 teams from Newport and the surrounding communities. Sixteen local and 28 out of town teams competed in the 18-hole scramble. Later that summer was the 34th Annual Newport Country Club Invitational Four Ball held July 17-19 with 96 teams from six states competing. Five local golfers competed on the ASGA PGA Junior Golf Tour that summer. The players included John Oswalt, Brad Keiffner, Richard Vanhook and Luke Reardon.
As Newport sends local teen Bubba Driver to the Arkansas School for Math and Science, the Newport Independent ran an article 25 years previous announcing the school would open fall of 1993 in a former hospital building in downtown Hot Springs. The decision was made by the state Education Board, chosen between the two finalist; Batesville and Hot Springs.
Kyle Strickland and Any May were among students attending the 36th annual Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation Youth Citizenship Seminar. The Hardin’s were named the 1992 Farm Family of the Year for the second time. The first honor was in 1972. The 1992 photo included additions Hannah and six month old triplets, Will, Matt and Joe.  
Grocery Stores advertised Ruffles Potato Chips for 78 cents and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese 2/88 cents.
On July 1, 1992 the White River Technical College, formerly White River Vocational Technical School became known as Arkansas State University Beebe/Newport. It would eventually be a fully accredited university, as we know it today.
The Missouri-Pacific Railroad in Newport and the Rock Island Railroad Depot at Weldon were listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As I look through the archives of the Newport Independent, the rich traditions of the community and its members are evident in the photos and writings of past contributors.