June 4, 2008 Edition

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Kevin Rogers of Entergy cuts a ground wire that broke causing a power outage in much of eastern Lawrence County on Tuesday afternoon. The wire came in contact with a feeder line, tripping power at several substations causing outages in Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and College City.

Broken line causes power outage

Many residents and businesses in eastern Lawrence County were without power for approximately an hour Tuesday afternoon after a broken ground wire came in contact with a feeder line.

Power had flashed one time Tuesday morning and several times in the afternoon before going out.

Rick Hutcheson, a construction supervisor with Entergy, said the problem was located on a pole in the alley behind the Walnut Ridge Police Department. A ground wire on the pole was broken in two and had swung onto a primary line.

"It was probably hit by lightning," Hutcheson said of the pole. He said the ground wire is there to protect the other wiring from lightning strikes.

It has probably been broken for some time," he continued, saying the wind on Tuesday had probably blown it around causing it to make contact.

WR named ADN city

Walnut Ridge is one of eight cities that have joined the Arkansas Downtown Network (ADN) of communities dedicated to revitalizing historic commercial areas, Main Street Arkansas Director Cary Tyson has announced.

Lawrence Hall to
offer respite care

Sarah Wright, administrator of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, reported on a new respite care program at the Lawrence Health Services Board meeting on May 27.

Local police officer arrested

A Walnut Ridge police officer has been terminated from his position after he was arrested by the Jonesboro Police Department in connection with an ongoing investigation.

WR man dies after accident

A Walnut Ridge man has died from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle accident on May 15, according to Cpl. Phillip Roark with the Arkansas State Police.

England at a Glance

England ~ When my parents sat me down that February night to tell me that my mom and I were to journey to that jolly old country, I was almost overwhelmed by the excitement. This trip was a gift from my parents, Dr. Bobby and Karen Shackelford, to me in honor of my high school graduation. Traveling to the United Kingdom had always been a dream of mine and now I was to see that dream turned into a reality.

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