May 20, 2009 Edition

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ALICIA HOSTS FESTIVAL ~ Alexis Dalton, six, and her brother, Slade Dalton, eight, enjoy the new playground equipment at Alicia City Park during a festival held Saturday at Alicia. Alicia Mayor Beth Reynolds coordinated the event to help raise funds for a new generator for City Hall, to provide the city with disaster reserve monies and to support an animal control program. The festival included a martial arts demonstration, music, games and food. "We had a good turnout and lots of fun," Reynolds said.
TD Photo ~ Frank M. Witowski Jr.


The next phase of paving will begin this summer on the rail-trail, which runs through Hoxie and Walnut Ridge. The trail's board of directors approved a contract this month to pave the section from Midway Road to Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

WR Council discusses park improvements

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to build a new parking lot at Stewart Park and passed an ordinance to prohibit the withdrawal of groundwater for drinking purposes near Frit Industries at their meeting on May 12.

Hoxie receives FEMA checks

Mayor Donnie Roberts updated the Hoxie City Council on the ice storm damage and cleanup at its May 12 meeting. Hoxie has received two Federal Emergency Management Agency checks totaling approximately $23,700 to help with the damage.

Sparks receives statewide honor

Lawrence County Communications Center supervisor Sherri Sparks of Walnut Ridge was named Arkansas Supervisor of the Year at the annual Association of Public-Safety Communications and National Emergency Number Association Conference on May 4 in Hot Springs. APCO/NENA is the organization that sets guidelines and standards for public safety communications and 911 Centers in Arkansas.

First wedding held
at Alice French gardens

Lauren Weitkamp and Brent Garner held their wedding at the Alice French Memorial Gardens on Saturday evening at 6. It was the first wedding to be held in the garden, located on the grounds of the old Clover Bend School, which now serves as a museum and community center.

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