May 11, 2011 Edition

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County still waiting on
declaration as waters recede

Sherri Sparks (seated, from left) of the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management discusses the status of flooded areas with Alicia Mayor Melba Verke; (back) Portia City Clerk Wanda Dunlap, Black Rock Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale, Minturn resident Gary Light and Minturn Mayor Ronnie Brown.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
Several Lawrence County officials met with Nathan Davis of U.S. Sen. John Boozman's Jonesboro office on Monday regarding flooding in Lawrence County and progress toward having the county declared a federal disaster area.

County Judge Dale Freeman and State Rep. James Ratliff, as well as representatives of Black Rock, Portia, Alicia and Minturn, met with Davis and Sherri Sparks of the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management.

Sparks shared that local OEM personnel would be making visits to each home that was affected by the flooding.

Highways open again after flood

Tuesday brought reports of highways reopening, including Highway 67 between Walnut Ridge and Pocahontas, Highway 412 west of Walnut Ridge and Highway 25 between Black Rock and Powhatan.

Flood relief efforts continue in LawCo.

The Red Cross shelter in Walnut Ridge closed on Saturday, but many still need help and Lawrence County residents and businesses are continuing to assist victims of recent flooding.

Airport Commission discusses
repairs, Internet/phone services

The Walnut Ridge Airport Commission discussed ongoing repairs, the sale of unused army surplus equipment, alterations to the Arkansas Turbine building and Internet and telephone service changes at their meeting on Monday night.

JPs pass several resolutions

The Lawrence County Quorum Court passed four resolutions at Monday night's meeting and discussed the ramifications of the flood for county residents.

FNB honored as platinum sponsor

Lawrence County Tourism Committee members Jackie Snapp and Dr. Brett Cooper present a platinum album to First National Bank for its donation of $4,000 to the Guitar Walk in downtown Walnut Ridge as part of the Rock 'n' Roll Highway project.

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