May 18, 2011 Edition

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BLAZE RAZES BUILDING ON HWY. 67B NORTH - Firefighters struggled to tame this fire on Hwy. 67B North in Walnut Ridge, Sunday afternoon. Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens said the cause of the fire was undetermined but could possibly be electrical. The fire, reported at 1:40 p.m., was at a building owned by Zada Dickey that had been rented and used for auctions, Owens added. It had once housed Ashlock Tire Service, which had moved next door. The Hoxie, Alicia, Sedgwick and Imboden fire departments assisted. "We thank them for their help," Owens said.
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Disaster declared in LawCo.

Steve Jones, director of the Lawrence County Office of Emergency Management, reported Tuesday morning that FEMA has declared Lawrence County as a federal disaster area.

According to a release from FEMA, the county will be eligible for individual assistance under the presidential disaster declaration, as well as for federal aid under FEMA's public assistance program.

Council discusses budget, dumpsters, brush pickup

Walnut Ridge residents will see changes beginning this week in the way the city picks up brush and class IV trash, and usage of the city dumpster will now be limited to two days a week. The cost of keeping the dumpster open and picking up brush around town on a daily basis is simply costing the city too much to continue the services the way they have in the past, according to Mayor Don House and Street Superintendent Rickey Ditto.

Water rate increase proposed in Hoxie

Issues affecting the City of Hoxie's budget were reviewed at the May 10 city council meeting.

LawCo. residents share stories
about effects of recent floods

Many families in Lawrence County were temporarily displaced from their homes by the recent flood. Others have had their homes and furnishings severely damaged by floodwaters and watched possessions they treasured be carried away by the currents of the flood. Some still cannot return home, and one family never will.

Judge Tom Hilburn dies

Judge Thomas L. Hilburn, 71, of Cherokee Village, died Wednesday, May 11. Hilburn spent most of his life in Walnut Ridge.

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