December 29, 2010 Edition

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Latham completing
final term as judge

Justice of the Peace Junior Briner (left) presented a plaque to County Judge Alex Latham, thanking him for his 22 years of service to Lawrence County during a reception in Latham's honor at the courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. Latham's wife, Lynda, was among the large crowd of well-wishers in attendance.
TD Photo ~ Gloria Wilkerson
After more than two decades as Lawrence County Judge, Alex Latham of Portia will leave his office on Dec. 31. It will be a bittersweet experience, he said. Latham is the longest serving county judge in the history of the county and said he has appreciated the opportunity.

After serving on the quorum court for six years, Latham said that people began to encourage him to run for county judge in 1978.

Levee tax on acreage in Running
Water District to pay for upkeep

Following public meetings held by the Running Water Levee District on Dec. 15 in Pocahontas and Walnut Ridge, Randolph County Judge David Jansen and Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham have signed orders instituting a flat tax of 50 cents per acre on all lands in the Running Water Levee District for the purpose of maintenance, repair and operation.

Swearing in set for officials

Elected officials for Lawrence County and the municipalities within the county will have the opportunity to be sworn into office on Friday at midnight as the new year begins.

Ellison says LCSD
will be in good hands

Jody Dotson will officially accept the office of Lawrence County sheriff at midnight on Jan. 1. A 10-year veteran of the department, Dotson says he hopes to continue the legacy of his predecessor, Dan Ellison, who he feels has done much to modernize local police procedures.

Cummins family enjoys short stay in Walnut Ridge

Richard and Connie Cummins, Bethany and Tip have left Walnut Ridge after a missionary furlough from Thailand. They arrived in Walnut Ridge Nov. 2 and departed Dec. 21. They were planning to return to Thailand on Dec. 26. Their son, Timothy, will continue attending Williams Baptist College.

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