August 29, 2012 Edition

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Walnut Ridge City Council members Michael "Button" Wallin (left) and Paula Haskins (right), along with City Clerk Carolyn Hayes and Mayor Don House, discuss the threat of West Nile Virus at a special meeting Friday night.

WR Council discusses West Nile

The Walnut Ridge City Council held a special meeting Friday night to discuss a plan of action to combat mosquitoes that could bring the West Nile Virus into the city. College City Recorder/Treasurer Joy Ring and Dale Leatherman, vice president for business affairs at Williams Baptist College, also attended the meeting. As of Friday, no cases in this area have been reported to the Arkansas State Health Department, according to Mayor Don House. However, the virus has been reported in seven Arkansas counties and has caused two deaths in Western Arkansas.

Intermodal Authority
discusses Hwy. 67 route

In a compromise move, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority (NEARIFA) passed a motion at its regular monthly meeting this past week endorsing the completion of Hwy. 67 North from Walnut Ridge to the Missouri state line, but stopped short of endorsing a route.

LawCo native is
new ASP director

Governor Mike Beebe named Lawrence County native Stan Witt of Austin to replace Col. JR Howard as the director of the Arkansas State Police on Monday.

WBC freshmen serve community

As part of their orientation, 12 groups of freshmen from Williams Baptist College participated in community service work on Monday.

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