August 3, 2011 Edition

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Frankly speaking...

John Bland
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Learning of Matt Mullen's tragic death in an accident on Friday brought home again that none of us knows what a day holds. Our sympathies go to his fiancèe Gina Rorex, his parents, family and friends and those at John 3:16 Ministries who conducted the service to celebrate his life.

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As the editorial cartoon in last week's TD showed, this heat wave has created a new phenomenon, summer cabin fever. The heat makes for almost intolerable conditions for summer football, band and other outdoor practices. For those who must work in the heat, extreme caution is in order.

Many have put off outdoor chores until there is a break in the heat. Watching the potential paths of the latest tropical storm even brought some hope that a storm system might come our direction and cool us down.

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We congratulate Diana Shelton on the completion of what sounds like a very successful term as state president of the Business and Professional Women.

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It is exciting that Walnut Ridge is part of a "Walks through History Tour" on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. Downtown Walnut Ridge is co-sponsoring the event with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The tour will begin at the Iron Mountain Depot. This might offer all of us an opportunity to learn more about our community.

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More good news is the near completion of the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority treatment plant. We should begin receiving the Spring River water from the Authority's new plant by the end of September if all continues to go well.

Members of the authority include Alicia, Hoxie, Sedgwick, Portia, Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County Regional Water District.

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