January 20, 2010 Edition

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EMERGENCY PERSONNEL RESPOND ~ On Monday, Walnut Ridge emergency responders reported to a grease fire at the China Buffet in Walnut Ridge. Walnut Ridge Fire Department personnel (from left) firefighter Quentin Cato, Captain Chris Jones and Assistant Chief Carl White stretch an extension cord to a ventilation fan to remove smoke from the building. The fire caused smoke damage to the restaurant's vent hood and pipe system. According to Alan Haskins, fire chief, China Buffet can re-open after the building is inspected for a pressure and plumbing check.
TD Photos ~ Shantelle Prater

Schools respond to report

Following a recent Arkansas Department of Education news release naming 58 schools that appeared on a list of public schools with inflated grades, Lawrence County administrators are taking a closer look at how ADE chose the data used to compare the grades of high school students course work to end-of-year exams.

WR Council hears end-of-year
fire report, discusses repairs

The Walnut Ridge City Council passed a budget cleanup ordinance to close out the calendar year from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2009, at their regular meeting on Jan. 12.

Streets discussed at Hoxie

The condition of some of the streets in Hoxie was among items addressed at the City Council meeting on Jan. 12.

Christmas miracle arrives on
Dec. 22 for Carrie Mae Snapp

Miracles come in many shapes and forms and usually when you least expect them. Carrie Mae Snapp of Walnut Ridge received a miracle when she underwent a kidney transplant on Dec. 22. She calls it a Christmas miracle, a very special gift. It is even more miraculous because she is the first ovarian cancer survivor to receive a transplant.

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