June 9, 2010 Edition

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WR, Hoxie have great
walking, biking options

John Bland
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Walnut Ridge and Hoxie now offer a lot of good options for walkers, runners and bicycle riders. Not only do the options offer healthy recreation, but they are also a lot of fun.

The Rails to Trails path, located on the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spur, starts in the center of Hoxie and continues through Walnut Ridge. It will eventually extend to College City. The trail offers a pleasant walk or bicycle ride, and two benches have recently been installed along the track in Hoxie. Walkers and riders are reminded to stop for oncoming traffic at intersections, but this is not much of an inconvenience.

The Walnut Ridge and Hoxie schools both offer their tracks to walkers or runners in the community, and it is not uncommon to see walkers on those tracks.

A favorite walking spot of ours is Lawrence Health Services' walking track. The LHS track offers an outer and inner track, and a lap around the two together equals one lap around a standard track. With benches and a gazebo, it is ideal for those who want to take a break during their workout.

On a recent bicycle ride, we explored the new paths through Stewart Park. For several years, Stewart Park has offered a road around the park, which totals 1.25 miles and shows markers at each quarter of a mile. The new paths offer another option and open up the large wooded center for use. Even in mid-day, the new paths offer full shade.

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As noted in last week's Good Old Days, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital opened to its first patients on May 31, 1960. The rates were $9 for a semi-private and $13 for a private room. To mark the anniversary, the hospital is in the midst of a very successful fund-raising campaign to bring patient rooms and other areas up-to-date.

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We think the Farmer's Market is really neat and has a lot to offer. It is open each Saturday morning from 7 to noon across from the courthouse and offers locally grown produce, bedding flower and vegetable plants, homemade breads, jellies, cookies, salsa and more. Mel Fender is manager, and the Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor. Go early for best selections.

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