February 16, 2011 Edition

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Make-A-Wish funds
will grant two wishes

Sherri Sparks (left) and Paige VanBrook, both of the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management and Lawrence County Communications Center, stop traffic as they collect Make-A-Wish donations in Walnut Ridge on Friday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
The organizers of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge's Make-A-Wish fund-raiser were in tears when the donations were totaled, according to Philip Baiza, coordinator of the event. Two wishes will be granted to children with life-threatening illnesses, thanks to the money collected during the event.

"We raised over $10,200," Baiza said. "It was beyond our wildest dreams, it was just amazing."

This was the first official roadblock for Make-A-Wish in Walnut Ridge and Hoxie, although Baiza has collected donations for the fund-raiser on his own for the past two years.

WR Council to sell helicopter,
purchase/install tornado sirens

Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House told the city council at their meeting on Feb. 8 that he is still enjoying being mayor after six weeks in office. He said traffic in and out of city hall has been enormous.

LawCo. posts loss
of 359 since 2000

According to the 2010 Census figures, Lawrence County's population of 17,415 has declined since the 2000 Census, which reported 17,774 residents in the county. This is a loss of 359 people.

Dunlap will serve on
Airport Commission

Pending approval of the Walnut Ridge City Council, a woman will be serving as a commissioner for the first time in the history of the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission.

Ted Cashion makes
gold level donation

Ted Cashion, financial advisor and managing director of Morgan Keegan in Memphis, along with a matching gift from Regions Financial, has made a gold level or $1,000 donation to the Rock 'n' Roll Highway 67 projects.

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