April 9, 2008 Edition

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Fire destroys former
Hob-Nob Restaurant

County Judge Alex Latham stands in a section of County Road 410, northwest of Walnut Ridge, which caved in during last week's flooding. Latham said the county is still assessing the damage to its infrastructure.
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An early morning fire, reported at 2:52 a.m. Monday, destroyed the structure that had once housed the Hob Nob Restaurant, a bridal shop and motel rooms and apartments.

The familiar landmark was located on a curve at 415 Northwest Fourth Street (Hwy. 67B), across from the Polar Freeze.

Walnut Ridge firemen arrived on the scene at 2:55 a.m., at which time the massive blaze was well involved. Due to the size of the fire, Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Alan Haskins said reinforcements were called in to help.

Assisting with the effort were departments from Hoxie, Alicia, Sedgwick, Portia and Imboden, which brought their mobile support trailer to the scene to fill bottles for the firemen's air packs.

Flood causes damage

For the fourth straight week flood advisories continue for Lawrence County. With yet another round of storms predicted by the National Weather Service, the county is in wait-and-see mode. The heaviest rainfall is predicted for Thursday and could bring as much as two to three additional inches of rainfall to already saturated land.

Spring is time for cleanups

As spring brings warmer temperatures, the season is the perfect opportunity for household repairs, yard work and other maintenance. It is also the perfect time to get rid of unwanted items, and local cleanups are scheduled to help residents do just that.

Rail-Trail project moving forward

The Lawrence County Rails to Trails Committee has been steadily continuing efforts to fund the transformation of the former rail spur into a walking and biking trail for county residents and visitors.

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