August 15, 2012 Edition

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Good things are happening

John Bland

After two weeks of riveting NBC TV coverage of the summer Olympics, we hated to see it end. However, for those interested in high school sports, there will be opportunities to watch volleyball and football games almost daily with the start of school on Monday. Rodeos are also scheduled this weekend at the Lawrence County Fair in Imboden.

We are happy to report and witness several positive news developments in recent days. The Children's Shelter Gala held Friday night raised much-needed funds, a total of $15,370. Randolph County businesses and individuals appear to be lending a big hand in support of the shelter.

It is good news for our area that the NorthRidge subdivision is expanding in Walnut Ridge. Local property for building new homes is traditionally scarce, and this addition will be most welcome.

The big talk in our office and for many has been the opening of Art and Culture, Danny West's new yogurt shop located next to the Beatles Park in downtown Walnut Ridge. As most of you know, Danny was the lead artist in creating the Beatles sculpture at Beatles Park.

Art and Culture is part of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce's "Invest in Your Dreams" program that offers lower rent in exchange for improvements made by the business owner. Every positive step toward downtown renewal is gratifying to see.

Another exciting community project is the Chevy Camaro giveaway underway by Cavenaugh Auto World, the Kiwanis Club and the city of Walnut Ridge. Funds are being raised from the sale of $100 tickets for a chance to win the car, donated by Cavenaugh. The funds will help match a grant to upgrade the city swimming pool with renovations and a splash park.

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