September 17, 2008 Edition

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Smith wins Hoxie seat

Lonnie Owen Smith of Hoxie was re-elected to the Hoxie School Board during Tuesday's school election. continued...

Remnants of Ike roar through area

Chuck Dunn began the process of removing this large oak tree on the campus of Walnut Ridge High School Monday. The tree toppled early Sunday morning when the remnants of Hurricane Ike swept through Northeast Arkansas.
TD Photo ~ John Bland
Remnants of Hurricane Ike arrived with a roar in Northeast Arkansas during Sunday's pre-dawn hours. While the system brought minimal rain, its winds left havoc with downed trees, branches and foliage as well as power outages over much of Lawrence County, but overall minimal property damage.

The effects of Hurricane Ike began Friday morning, two days earlier, when the valid fear of rising gas prices caused area residents to rush to the pumps to fill their tanks.

On Sunday, neighborhoods in Northeast Arkansas resembled disaster areas, with many lawns covered in leaves, limbs and other debris. Some large, old trees were uprooted with a few falling on, fences, structures or vehicles. Vulnerable younger trees, many of them Bradford pears, were snapped into pieces.

WR discusses stricter ordinances

The Walnut Ridge City Council discussed the need for new cleanup and animal control ordinances as well as a new building code during their meeting on Sept. 10.

Hoxie considering trash pickup options

Scott Downum, owner of Downums Waste Services, discussed the possibility of Downums taking over residential trash pickup in Hoxie at the Sept. 9 city council meeting.

Walnut Ridge BPW
to host conference

Members of Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women will host the Region II Fall Conference Saturday at First Baptist ChurchÕs fellowship hall.

At 80, Baxter remains avid
biker, retains varied interests

Bob Baxter has become a man of numerous accomplishments and has developed many skills during his lifetime. He continues that tradition even now as an avid biker. Born Nov. 22, 1927, in Topeka, Kansas, Baxter will soon be celebrating his 81st birthday.

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