September 12, 2012 Edition

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Beatles at the Ridge is Saturday

Eric Wilmes of Custom Concrete Creations in Paragould attaches "strings" to the Guitar Walk at Cavenaugh Park. Perry Manus (not shown) did metal work and welding on the strings and other components of the park. Various work crews and individuals have been working swiftly to complete the park in time for its formal opening with a 3 p.m. ribbon cutting during Saturday's Beatles at the the Ridge festival.
TD Photo ~ John Bland
After months of planning and intense preparation, the Beatles at the Ridge music festival is set for Saturday in Downtown Walnut Ridge.

A full slate of activities and entertainment will span the downtown area, culminating with the ribbon cutting of Guitar Walk at Cavenaugh Park and an evening of vintage rock 'n' roll music, all of which is free of charge.

The festival will also include a Beatles Sing-Along on Friday night and a 5K race for runners and their canine companions Saturday morning.

"We have activities that will appeal to all ages and keep everyone in the family entertained all day long," Lorra Whitmire, festival chair, said. "Beatles at the Ridge is a big event."

WR Mayor reveals plan to
alleviate budget shortfall

At a special meeting on Sept. 4, Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House methodically laid out plans to increase the city's general fund balance and repeated causes for the decrease that had alarmed many city council members. Personnel layoffs accounted for the largest reduction in spending.

WR airport to seek 80/20 grant

Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission Chairman Dan Coker told commissioners that he has discussed the possibility of applying for an 80/20 grant with the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics. At their meeting on Monday night, Coker said there are 20 other airports in line ahead of the Walnut Ridge airport wanting grants, and funding is limited.

Meeting room gets face lift

Work is complete on renovations to the Lawrence County Meeting Room, and the Quorum Court was informed that total cost on the project came in at $9,000.

Two board races slated for Tuesday

Voters of the Hoxie and Sloan-Hendrix school districts will decide the outcome of board member races in Tuesday's School Election. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

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