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FEMA visits airport

FEMA and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management conducted a site survey of the Walnut Ridge Airport on Tuesday. Because of the proximity of the airport to the New Madrid fault line the airport is being evaluated by the agencies to gauge in what capacities the airport might serve in the event of a disaster.

"They are looking at whether the airport could be more than just a place to bring in supplies," said Michelle Anthony, airport manager.

In a meeting on Monday the airport commission learned that the airport had passed a recent military inspection for continuing to serve as a refueling stop for military aircraft.

It was also reported that the work in continuing on problems with the airport lighting. "There are still a few kings to be worked out," Anthony said.

In other business the commission passed the budget and discussed the need to increase insurance coverage on four properties located at airport.

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