January 17, 2007 Edition

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Roberts working on city
cleanup, new businesses

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

Donnie Roberts, mayor of Hoxie, is making plans for a city cleanup to begin next month.

Roberts said work has already begun on city streets and ditches. He said they started in the northeast section of town and they are working their way southeast tearing out culverts and making repairs.

"We are working five days a week," he said, "trying to get it done."

A spring cleanup planning session is set for early February to map out what all needs to be done.

"Without a plan we're wasting our time," said Roberts. Adding that the project will go full force through March.

After the clean up is complete, Roberts said he plans to begin working with several businesses, trying to get them into the city.

"I want to show them what Hoxie has to offer," he said. "We have very reasonable utilities and a great school and community."

Roberts said he is working closely with Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers.

"I will continue to go to her for advice," he said. "She and her husband have been in the business for years." Adding that she has already given him some good ideas.

Roberts has several things going in the city right now and he says he has been consulting other city leaders on the various projects.

He said he is going to seek advice on the projects from the leaders with experience in each area.

Several businesses have grand openings planned for the coming months including Sears, which recently opened in the old Fiddler's building.

Kingdom Tool Rental, owned by David King, will open soon in the T-Ricks Plaza. A smoker's cafe is also set to open soon in the old Hickory House building.

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