April 06, 2011 Edition

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Mayors prepare for cleanup

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker (left) and Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House signed a Twin-Cities Spring Cleanup proclamation on Thursday at Walnut Ridge City Hall.
TD Photo ~ Gloria Wilkerson
Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

The cities of Hoxie and Walnut Ridge will hold a twin-city cleanup April 11-23. Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker and Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House signed Twin-Cities Spring Cleanup proclamations at Walnut Ridge City Hall on March 31 announcing the event, the first time the two towns have ever worked together on their annual spring cleanups.

The proclamation states that spring cleanup is a way to provide citizens with an affordable way to clean up their property, and the cities wish to combine their cleanup efforts in a spirit of unity and cooperation.

The two mayors are striving to bring their citizens together for the common good of both towns.

"We need to project an image of unity in order to bring new businesses and industries to our towns and show the willingness of our citizens to work together," House said.

"Mayor Tinker and I have pledged to collaborate and cooperate with each other in our continuing efforts to help bring our two communities closer."

Mayor Tinker agreed that the rivalry between the towns in the past has been hurtful to both towns.

"The previous animosity between Walnut Ridge and Hoxie has been detrimental to both communities in attracting new industry here," Tinker said. "Mayor House and I understand we can achieve more collectively if our voices are heard working together.

"Our citizens wanted change when they elected us to office. Mayor House and I as businessmen understand that we need to work together to accomplish our common goals," Tinker said. "The past relationship between our towns has hurt us. That's not good for either town, and people outside of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie are very aware of the animosity in the past."

House said the Twin-Cities Cleanup is about more than just cleaning up the cities.

"It's about a new spirit of cooperation between our towns. The cleanup is just one of the things that sets the tone for that spirit," House said.

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