September 23, 2009 Edition

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Rains disrupt harvest

Ben Stone of Cox and Stone Farm watches as his father, Ray Stone, cuts rice on Monday. The muddy field in the background is evidence of the rainy weather that has been hampering harvest efforts.
TD Photo ~ Shantelle Prater

Rain continues to complicate harvest for farmers in Lawrence County. Of the 106,000 acres of rice planted in the county, only an estimated eight percent has been harvested.

According to Herb Ginn, Lawrence County Extension Agent, rice farmers are not only worried about the rain, but about wind and cooler temperatures, too.

"Two of the concerns are shattering and lodging," said Ben Stone of Cox and Stone Farms, who has grown up around farming his entire life. Shattering occurs when heavy rain or wind knocks the grain from the rice stalks onto the ground, while lodging occurs when the entire rice stalk is knocked down.

ATOD pushing for
new social host law

The Lawrence County ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition is hoping to see a social host law implemented in Lawrence County on the heels of a similar law passed at the state level.

Hoxie votes to rezone property

About a dozen people attended a special public hearing in Hoxie on Sept. 15 to discuss concerns regarding re-zoning some city lots from residential to commercial.

Tourism group discussing
Rock 'n' Roll Highway

The tourism committee of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has begun discussing plans for the Rock 'n' Roll Highway. The group is looking into ways to promote Lawrence County's segment of Highway 67, and pledges from some committee members should give the project a big boost.

Williams enjoys enrollment boost

Enrollment at Williams Baptist College has climbed this fall, with increases noted both in overall student numbers and in the number of students on the main campus at Walnut Ridge. The college released its fall enrollment numbers Friday.

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