Congratulations to those groups and individuals who have been involved in the formation of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Water Authority. This is a huge project and has taken much planning, effort and forward-thinking. Ground was broken Friday at the site of a future water treatment plant on Hwy. 361, just over the Spring River bridge in Randolph County, near Black Rock. (See front-page story.) A.J. Henry of Walnut Ridge, chairman of the NEA Public Water Authority, said planning work on the $10 million project to get to this point began in 2001.
Members of the authority are Alicia, Hoxie, Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County Regional Water District, but Henry said the system, which will use surface water from the Spring River, will have the capability to serve other communities, as well.
Congratulations also to the Rails to Trails committee on being awarded more funding, $65,816, to continue development of the Rails to Trails in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge and on to College City. I would hope this trail will one day be a tourist draw and much-used by locals and visitors alike. This is another project that takes both vision and persistence.
Thanksgiving is now upon us, and it is only right to be listing our individual blessings. For me, and I'm sure for most of you, the list begins with family, friends, good health, church, school and community. Of course, my list includes our wonderful staff here at The TD, as well as our loyal readers and advertisers.
As Arkansas Press Association director Tom Larimer put it, this has been a year of change in the newspaper industry. Larimer writes in his weekly column, "I don't like everything that's happening in our industry, but then I don't like everything that's happening in this country or in the world these days. Everything is changing, including our business. I guess that's the way it's supposed to be, and I guess we should be thankful things are the way they're supposed to be."
Here's hoping that your list of blessings for which to be thankful is a long one!