May 9, 2007 Edition

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Rail-Trail receives $40,000 grant

Rail-Trail Committee Chair Lewis Slaughter (far right) leads a meeting of the committee on Thursday afternoon, following an announcement that the project has received a $40,000 grant. Committee members listening include (from left) Brett Cooper, Craig Stone and Michelle Rogers.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

The Lawrence County Rail-Trail Committee received some good news when it met on Thursday. The committee was told that the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is awarding a $40,000 grant for development of the trail.

Preliminary plans call for paving approximately one mile of the trail using the grant money. The section to be paved runs from the trail head in Hoxie and ends near the Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative in Walnut Ridge.

The grant is a non-matching gift, which means Lawrence County will not have to supply matching money. Committee Chair Lewis Slaughter said there has been a lot of work done by a lot of individuals to get the project to its current status.

"I want to thank the whole committee for their efforts," he said.

County discusses prospects
for Hutcherson Building

During its meeting on Monday afternoon the Lawrence County Quorum Court budget committee discussed possible uses for the Hutcherson Building.

Powhatan Courthouse
renovation complete

After two years, renovation of the Powhatan Courthouse is complete. The $1.4 million project, which began in 2004, was completed earlier this year. Everything in the courthouse has either been restored or replaced, from floor to ceiling. continued...

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