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Thomison nominated
for county judge

The Lawrence County Democratic Party convened Thursday night and nominated John Thomison of Smithville to be the Democratic candidate for county judge in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Following the passing of County Judge Dale Freeman it was determined that the party could make a nomination in vacancy up to 47 days prior to the election (which was Thursday).

An overflow crowd, filling the courtroom and the courthouse lobby, gathered Thursday and voted on two potential nominees, Mary Freeman, the judge's wife, and Thomison, a previous candidate for the position. The final vote was 156 for Thomison and 106 for Freeman.
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FESTIVAL DRAWS CROWD - The Brandon Cunning Band plays for the crowd gathered Saturday afternoon for the 2016 Beatles at the Ridge festival in Downtown Walnut Ridge. Thousands attended the festival, which concluded Saturday night with the Liverpool Legends as the headline act.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

School board races decided

Voters in three school districts in Lawrence County cast ballots in early voting and at the polls on Tuesday to elect school board members.

Jeff Worlow was elected to serve the Hoxie School District, Brittany Schmidt was elected to the Lawrence County School Board and Aaron Murphy won the election for the Sloan-Hendrix position.

Results in the Hoxie vote were: Jeff Worlow (incumbent), 165 votes (64 percent); Dennis Coggins, 57 votes (22 percent); and Sherry Moore, 36 votes (14 percent).
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Judge's death shocks county,
creates unique vacancy

County Judge Dale Freeman, who has been recovering from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Aug. 10 near Cabot, died unexpectedly on Saturday at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock.

Freeman, who had been making considerable strides in his recovery, passed away 37 days after the accident, days for which his family was thankful.

He and his wife Mary, have three daughters, Tonya Brand of Walnut Ridge, Candi Yarbro of Portia and Michelle Boots of Jonesboro, and a son Jeff Reese of Powhatan, as well as four grandchildren.
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Progress on building
for Ma & Pa's made

Following the equipment auction, progress is being made on preparations to the former Save-A-Lot building in Hoxie to house Ma & Pa's Flea Market.

Mayor Lanny Tinker gave an update at the Sept. 13 city council meeting stating that the building has been cleared of the left over equipment from the former business. Tinker said the auction didn't bring much for the city but there was some savings in the removal of the equipment. Exact figures will be presented at the next meeting.

Tinker added that insurance and electricity has been transferred over to the new owners, who are working on removing some interior walls before moving in.
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City to address issues
with community center

Issues surrounding the Walnut Ridge Community Center were brought before the Walnut Ridge City Council at Monday night's meeting by Marion McDaniel and Bobby McDaniel.

Concerns were shared by both citizens about the school not being charged for water and sewer. The school recently started paying water and will start paying for sewer starting with September's usage.

The Lawrence County School District not paying for water and sewer was included in an operating agreement related to the Walnut Ridge Community Center. With split ownership, the school has been paying electric and gas for the center while the city was not charging water and sewer. Maintenance on the building was to be split between the city and school.
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WR enacts voluntary fire fee

The Walnut Ridge City Council enacted a monthly $5 voluntary fire fee at Monday's city council meeting. This fee will be printed on upcoming water bills with totals listed for both paying with or without the optional fee.

Depending on the support of this voluntary fee, this could prevent the council from having to raise property taxes to pay for the fire department.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the voluntary fee is higher than the previous fee, which was set at $2.50 for residential and $3 for commercial. The $5 fee was suggested so that if only half opt to pay, it will provide the needed funds.
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