February 06, 2008 Edition

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Community Building
will be asset to county

The new Lawrence County Community Building, which is the former Hutcherson building in downtown Walnut Ridge, has a great space for public meetings. I was one of several who saw the remodeled interior for the first time last Wednesday, when the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event was held there. The first floor of the building has been divided between the large meeting room and another large area that is expected to be the future home of the Lawrence County Library.

Our hats are off to Bob and Paula Hutcherson, who donated the building to the county, and to our elected county officials who are making good use of it. The upstairs has lots of space that will apparently provide storage for county records to help alleviate some of the overcrowding in the courthouse.

The Business After Hours was a nice event, too, with a good mix of people from the community.

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On Tuesday of this week, the Lawrence and Craighead County Cooperative Extension Service sponsored a water meeting to learn more about concerns regarding groundwater tables and irrigation. This meeting was also held at the new Lawrence County Community Building.

Among those scheduled to be on the program were: Herb Ginn, Lawrence County Extension agent ~ agriculture; Bill Binkley of Binkley's Greenhouse and Strawberries; and Ben Starr, NRCS district conservationist for Lawrence County.

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When you think about it, the situation with our golf course and airport co-existing side-by-side is very unique. The story about the airport's efforts to be reclassified to land commercial aircraft and the need to shut down several holes of the golf course made Sunday's front page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The FAA requirements prohibit any obstructions within 500 feet of commercial aircraft runways. Kenneth Heard's story is titled, "Airport out to cut golfing handicap: When runway meets the fairways." Most everyone agrees the airport and golf course are both vital assets to this area, so we join others in hoping a win-win solution will eventually come about.

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