July 1, 2009 Edition

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James Johnson, co-owner of Johnson's Amusement Company, prepares a ride for the annual Portia Picnic, which began Tuesday and will continue through Saturday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Annual picnic
underway in Portia

The 104th annual Portia Picnic began Tuesday and will continue through Saturday with a carnival, pageants, political speaking and live entertainment.

The carnival opened Tuesday night with an armband night. Additional armband nights are set for Thursday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to close. Armbands are $18 at the gate or $15 in advance and are available at the Portia City Hall through Friday or Walnut Ridge City Hall through Thursday.

Airport, club working
on course relocation

Members of a committee representing the Walnut Ridge Country Club and the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission met last Tuesday night to discuss the feasibility of getting both organizations to work together to relocate seven holes of the club's golf course. The seven holes must be moved in order to bring the airport into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration's safety regulations.

WRFD applies for
renovation grant

The Walnut Ridge Fire Department has applied for an Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant is part of President Obama's stimulus money earmarked for construction or renovation purposes.

Lawhon named to
Top 10 at MAOT

ShayLee Lawhon of Walnut Ridge, the reigning Miss Northeast Arkansas Outstanding Teen, was named to the top 10 in the Miss Arkansas Oustanding Teen Pageant in Hot Springs Saturday.

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