January 4, 2012 Edition

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Walnut Ridge residents Alan Smith (left) and Blaine Smith race against flood waters in Portia as they help carry items from a friend's home after heavy rainfall in April. The rainfall, followed by levee breaks, caused extensive flooding, resulting in the county being declared a federal disaster area. The flooding was voted as one of two top stories in the county for 2011.
TD Photo ~ Shantelle Prater

Flooding, interest in
peanuts top news for 2011

The Times Dispatch staff's voting for the top stories of 2011 ended with a tie for the number one spot. The extensive flooding that took place in the spring and the increasing interest in the peanut industry in Lawrence County topped the list.


Heavy rains flooded large portions of Lawrence County in April, followed by disastrous levy breaks that flooded additional areas.

Former players, friends
honor Coach Watson

Former Hoxie High School student athlete Linda Graddy Black recently came up with the idea to pay tribute to her favorite coach, Bobby C. Watson. She put together a reunion, or an appreciation event, held Friday evening in his honor at Don's Steak House in Walnut Ridge.

Ratliff to seek re-election

State Representative James Ratliff of Imboden will seek the democratic nomination to the office for nearly formed District 60.

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