Frankly speaking...

This is one of those weeks we will be glad to see pass. Besides being the week of the General Election, The TD staff is having new flooring installed in the back half of our office.

Please be patient with us, as our office will be topsy-turvy for the next few days as we move desks and equipment from side to side in order to have the new flooring installed.

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Raul Blasini of Pocahontas has coordinated highly successful health fairs and screenings in Pocahontas for the past seven years. He is expanding his efforts with health fairs in Lawrence and Clay counties this year. The Lawrence County Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 15, at the Walnut Ridge Community Center.

Raul, who is a prostate cancer survivor, began the health fairs primarily as prostate cancer screenings, but a number of other health screenings were added through the years.

Thanks to the help of several area healthcare agencies, the Lawrence County Health Fair will also offer many free services. Please come out and take advantage of this opportunity.

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The recent fall weather has cooperated this year, with near perfect conditions for the festivals and other events in Lawrence County on recent weekends. The weather was also ideal Saturday in Fayetteville for the U. of A. homecoming game. The maples on campus were glowing, and the win over Tulsa made the day even better.

We were proud of Walnut Ridge native Chance Weeks, who was among the senior Razorback marching band members honored at halftime.

We were also proud of another U. of A. student with Lawrence County connections. The U. of A. student government president is Carter Ford of Paragould, who is the great-grandson of Pauline Chaney. Mrs. Chaney lived in Walnut Ridge and died earlier this year at age 104. As student body president, Carter had the honor of escorting the homecoming queen. See the related photos in this issue.

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