July 11, 2012 Edition

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Fifth stretch of trail to be paved

Gretchen Hunt

Work on Lawrence County's Rails-to-Trails project will continue soon, thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Justice Junior Briner updated the Lawrence County Quorum Court on the project at Monday night's meeting.

The grant, which will be matched by the county with $20,000 in funds and in-kind labor, will pay for the fifth phase of paving on the trail.

This 1.25 mile stretch will begin at Old Walnut Ridge Road and continue north, crossing County Road 430. Bidding on the project will begin Aug. 9.

The entire length of the trail is 6.5 miles and stretches from Hoxie to College City. Much of the trail has already been paved and is available for use by cyclists and pedestrians.

Also at Monday night's meeting, justices unanimously passed a resolution renaming the arena at Black Rock the Donna and Jerry Moore Memorial Arena.

The Moores, who were active in 4-H, the Lawrence County Mounted Patrol and other community organizations, were killed in an automobile accident in June.

Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Director L.J. Bryant spoke to the court briefly about an effort by local leaders to become designated an EB-5 Regional Center.

The program allows foreign investors who allocate $500,000 or more in local businesses to provide jobs for local residents to receive a temporary visa to live in the United States.

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