January 12, 2011 EditionAlso in this issue...
JPs give funds for ChamberLeslie Ginn
At the suggestion of new County Judge Dale Freeman, the Quorum Court approved appropriating an additional $5,000 per year, bringing the total to $10,000, dedicated to the Chamber of Commerce in support of hiring a part-time individual qualified to work on economic development.
"For the past few years, the Chamber of Commerce has been an all volunteer organization," Justice Junior Briner said. "They are ready to do business now."
Freeman and the Quorum Court, which includes three new members, Kenny Jones, Nathan Crafton and Alex Latham, centered their first meeting of 2011 on improving the attitude of cooperation and unity in Lawrence County.
"We need to go forward and not look back," Freeman said. "Every member of this quorum and the community needs to work together if we are going to move forward." Walnut Ridge resident Mike Shelton also addressed the court regarding the future.
"There is a lot of negative talk among communities, cities and the county," he said. "We need to forget the past and focus on the future. Prospective businesses evaluate the entire community. If you're not ready to forget the past, you're not in the right seat."
"It's not about Dale Freeman," Freeman said. "It is about all of us. If we will all support each other - a 'we' attitude, not I or them - we will be able to make the changes Lawrence County needs."
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