Newport High School Graduates Three Top State Politicians

December 19, 2006 - Posted at 7:29 p.m. CST

NEWPORT, AR -- It's not very often that you find three of your top state politicians from the same area, let alone all of them attended the same school... but it's happened, and where else...right here in Region 8.

Arkansas Governor-Elect Mike Beebe, Treasurer-Elect Martha Shoffner and Auditor Jim Wood are all former Jackson County residents and share same the Newport Greyhound Pride!

The city of Newport celebrated the group's elected status at a reception Tuesday night at the Newport High School Cafeteria.  You don't have to look back at old high school yearbooks to realize that the three would go on to big things as students.

Beebe graduated in 1964 and Shoffner received her degree in 1962.  She was even elected "Class Beauty" and was a member of the Thanksgiving Court.  Wood was a junior at NHS in 1965 but graduated from Augusta High School.

Beebe, Shoffner and Wood were all presented with keys to the city of Newport from the Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor.  Superintendent Ronny Brown also gave each a new Greyhound windbreaker.

The group will be reunited in January for the Inauguration, along with Jonesboro native Dustin McDaniel who was elected to the Attorney General's office.