September 28, 2011 Edition

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Special events bring
people to LawCo.

John Bland

The Cavenaugh Thumperthon 5K brought out a big group of runners, walkers and supporters from Northeast Arkansas last Saturday morning at Stewart Park. It was another successful event, which followed just a week after the Beatles at the Ridge brought many visitors to Walnut Ridge.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House, along with Fran Cavenaugh, who was very involved in both events, agreed that such events are a great thing for our area.

L.J. Bryant, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development director, told members of Kiwanis last week that 19 media representatives signed in here on Sept. 18 for the unveiling of The Beatles sculpture.


Another event that is sure to bring people to our area is the Harvest Fest at Taylor's Greenhouse in Hoxie, which is opening this week.

This is the second year that Taylor's is having Harvest Fest, and this is no small feat considering that Taylor's suffered major damage and financial loss due the flood this past spring. In spite of the flooding, they have worked (and prayed) for weeks to make the fest bigger and better than the first year.

We agree with Lori Simmons of Taylor's, who said they felt it was important to provide this event for the community again this year.

We were part of one of many groups who enjoyed the event last year. Our church's children and youth enjoyed a bonfire with hot dogs and S'mores, as well as all the activities offered, especially the extensive corn maze.


Whether it's the British Invasion of the Rock 'n' Roll Highway, Thumperthon, a business expo, the Iron Mountain Festival or commemoration of the 1955 Hoxie School desegregation, Kari Shanks, manager of Walmart in Walnut Ridge, is a part of it. She is one of Lawrence County's most community-minded leaders.

Kari is active in the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis, among other organizations. If the cause is worthwhile and benefits the community, she is there, wholeheartedly participating and giving her support. She also involves her Walmart associates, and they all go above what's expected to support and be involved community fund-raisers and events.

We are fortunate to have her as part of our community.

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