August 20, 2008 Edition

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Five-alarm fire destroys building

A fireman is silhouetted against a blazing building at the former location of Farm Service's fertilizer facility in Hoxie. The current owner is Grisham Farms, Inc. of Mountain Grove, Mo.
Submitted photo ~ Robert Warden
A fire in Hoxie brought five fire departments out in the wee hours of the morning on Monday.

An alarm at 1:28 a.m. reporting a fire at the building on Northeast Second Street, formerly used by Farm Service as a fertilizer storage building, was immediately answered by Hoxie and Walnut Ridge firemen.

"The building was 75 percent involved when we arrived," said Robert Lee of the Hoxie Fire Department. "We made an interior attack on the fire and kept it from spreading to another building about three feet away."

Alicia and Portia firemen were paged for backup at 1:42 a.m., and Imboden firemen were called at 1:53 a.m. to help with their Cascade system, filling up air tanks for firefighters air packs. The fumes were not toxic, according to the firemen, but were extremely strong and foul smelling.

WR aldermen discuss ISO rating
and rural fire protection plan

With no new or old business on the agenda at their meeting on Aug. 12, Walnut Ridge City Council members were updated by Fire Chief Alan Haskins about plans made in an effort to lower the city's fire rates and to offer affordable fire protection to those who live outside the city limits.

Hoxie council hears
complaint about dogs

Several topics affecting Hoxie residents were discussed at the Hoxie City Council meeting last Tuesday.

First-day enrollment shows
decrease in area schools

Countywide enrollment, at 3,112, is comparable to recent years, though it shows a decrease from last year's 3,246.

Ceremony slated for first phase of rail-trail

Phase one of the Rails to Trails Project will officially open Saturday. The Rails to Trails Board, along with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate with a ribbon cutting and fun walk Saturday morning.

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