April 11, 2007 Edition

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RandCo. Tourism group visits
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Frank Wilson points out the guns, which are still in working condition, on a Cobra helicopter, on display at the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum to Kimberly Williams, travel writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers.

Amber Adams
Staff Writer

Members of the Randolph County Tourism Association, along with travel writers from Arkansas and Missouri, visited the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum and the Parachute Inn recently.

Their visit was part of a tourism project focusing on Northeast Arkansas including Wynne, Batesville, Ash Flat, Hardy and Pocahontas.

Writers from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and several national travel magazines toured the museum following breakfast on the Boeing 737 at the Parachute Inn restaurant.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers said the group contacted her about two weeks prior to their visit, saying they would like a full tour of the museum.

"That museum is such an asset to this area," Rogers said. She added that the group also discussed other things beneficial to the area including the Rails to Trails project, Amtrak, the SCCA races, Iron Mountain Festival and the annual reunions held at the museum.

Rogers said she is looking into the Main Street Arkansas project, hoping to apply for grants to help rejuvenate downtown Walnut Ridge.

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