January 11, 2012 Edition

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Courthouse adds metal detector



Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson tests the new Garrett PD 6500i walk-through metal detector at the Lawrence County Courthouse, which was purchased to help increase security in the courtroom.
TD Photo ~ Shantelle Prater
The Lawrence County Courthouse recently installed a new walk-through metal detector, a Garrett PD 6500i, for added security in the courtroom.

Installed during the last week of December, it was first used on Jan. 5 during district court for Judge Larry Hayes.

The walk-through detector was purchased using the Court Room Security Grant, which was applied for by Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson. According to Dotson, who serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Security and Emergency Preparedness, the grant helps to fund court security improvements and new equipment for security personnel.
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New JP districts set

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.
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Lawson completes ASU
career at GoDaddy.Com Bowl

Arkansas State University fans, including many from Lawrence County, flooded into the Mobile area over the weekend to watch the Red Wolves face Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.Com Bowl.
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Hoxie to test lines

Smoke tests for the sewer lines covering most of the city will start in Hoxie this week.
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