October 21, 2009 Edition

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Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham talks about progress on Highway 67 on Thursday morning following a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a stretch of the new highway from Newport to Highway 226. From this overpass on Highway 226 traffic can be seen traveling on the new stretch of highway.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

New stretch of Highway 67 opens to traffic

Several from Lawrence County were among the first to drive on the most-recently completed stretch of the new Highway 67 from Newport to Highway 226 near Swifton.

Gov. Mike Beebe spoke at a brief ceremony prior to the official opening of the highway. The governor then led a procession of cars on an inaugural drive of the new four-lane divided highway.

Kirksey resigns from
Hoxie City Council

Alderman Jim Kirksey resigned at the regular Hoxie City Council meeting on Oct. 13, because he has recently moved out of the ward in which he served. Kirksey was on his second term and has served approximately three years.

WR Council adopts
hazard mitigation plan

At their October meeting, the Walnut Ridge City Council adopted a natural hazard mitigation plan for the city, discussed grant money received for new police cars and made plans to meet with house inspectors concerning a homeowner's contention that leaks from the city pool has damaged her home beyond repair.

Shelter closed temporarily

The Children's Shelter located in Walnut Ridge has been closed temporarily, according to administrator Amber Hampton.

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