March 13, 2013 Edition

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Community members lift candles during a vigil for missing Walnut Ridge 14-year-old Sidney Nicole Randall held Monday evening in downtown Walnut Ridge. A second vigil is planned for tonight at 5 p.m. at the Sexton Field on the Walnut Ridge School campus.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Search continues
for missing WR girl

Sidney Randall was last seen at 10 p.m. Saturday.
A Walnut Ridge man is dead and his 14-year-old stepdaughter is missing, sending shockwaves through the community.

Sidney Nicole Randall was last seen by her mother, Denise Cornell, on Saturday night at 10 p.m. She said when she awoke in the middle of the night both her daughter and her husband, John Cornell, were gone.

"My first thought was maybe she had gotten sick and he had taken her to the hospital," Denise said. "I called and they said no one had been in there, so I called 911." She said shortly after, her husband returned to the home.

WR man killed in shooting

Walnut Ridge Police Chief Richy Thatcher said the WRPD and Arkansas State Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Southeast Third Street early Sunday morning.

Airport plans to continue
rehab of ramp and taxiways

Stacey Morris, Walnut Ridge Airport's engineer from ETI Corporation in Memphis, attended the airport commission's meeting on Monday at noon. Commissioners voted on the airport's new Capital Improvement Plan for 2013, which continues rehabilitation on the ramp and taxiways.

DTWR, Chamber receive Bootstrap Award

Downtown Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce received "The Bootstrap Award" at the annual Henry Awards Banquet on March 5 at the 39th Governor's Conference on Tourism held in Hot Springs.

WR receives $520,000
state grant for paving

The city of Walnut Ridge has received a $520,000 grant from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

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