October 31, 2007 Edition

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Festival draws crowd to WR

Karen Williams (left), chair of the Chamber's Activities Committee, cheers as Walnut Ridge resident Darlene Moore hugs Alvin Lewis as he comes to the stage during the Iron Mountain Festival. Lewis, a member of the 875th Engineer Battalion, which recently returned from Iraq, was among soldiers recognized on Saturday. Moore sang the National Anthem after members of the Walnut Ridge National Guard unit, which is scheduled to leave for Iraq in January, posted the colors.
Submitted Photo ~ Robert Warden

Live entertainment, food vendors, a variety of booths and perfect weather helped make downtown Walnut Ridge the place to be on Saturday.

Karen Williams, chair of the Chamber's Activities Committee, which organizes the Iron Mountain Festival, said she approximates the crowd at between 4,000 and 5,000 people.

"I think it was the best ever," Williams said. "It was a huge success."

Special events during the festival included the annual Walk of Hope, a martial arts demonstration and board break by the Allied Tang Soo Do Federation, a Miss Iron Mountain contest and a dog costume contest.

The festival, which is an annual event, has grown over the years into what Williams sees as a great asset for the city of Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County.

BR Foothills Celebration starts Friday

The Black Rock Foothills Celebration will kick off Friday evening and continue through Saturday with something for the entire family, according to Mayor Bud McLaughlin.

Lathams sell after 34 years

Alex and Lynda Latham have sold their grocery store in Portia after 34 years in business.

Walk of Hope raises $3,000

Lawrence Countians continued their efforts to raise awareness of cancer and assist those fighting the disease during the annual Walk of Hope held Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge.

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