May 22, 2013 Edition

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Discovery of body
met with grief, relief

Funeral services for 14-year-old Sidney Randall, who had been missing from her home in Walnut Ridge since March 9, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Walnut Ridge's Sharum Gymnasium.
For more than two months, the family of Sidney Randall and members of the Lawrence County community have held their breath in hopes of good news regarding the missing 14-year-old.

Reality took hold on Saturday when the Randolph County 911 Center received a call that a local fisherman, Herschel Meeks, had discovered a body in Black River.

On Monday, the Arkansas State Crime Lab confirmed that the body was that of Randall, who had been missing from her home in Walnut Ridge since March 9.

During a press conference on Monday, Police Chief Richy Thatcher shared a letter from Randall's mother, Denise Cornell, thanking law enforcement personnel and community members for their efforts.

"We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who donated or volunteered their time to help bring Sidney home," she said. "We cannot express how much this has meant to us."

WR hires Urban
Planning firm

At their regular meeting on May 14, Walnut Ridge hired Urban Planning Associates, Inc. to update the city's zoning maps and code book, accepted bids from a company for chemicals to use in mosquito control this year and voted to use a portion of Rural Development grant money to pave the police department parking lot.

Hoxie supports paving project

A resolution was passed at the Hoxie City Council meeting on May 14 for the paving of Midway Road. Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House acquired funding through State Street Aid to pay for the paving.

Funds awarded to housing unit

The Arkansas Development Finance Authority has awarded $177,833 in federal low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) and $219,300 in federal home program funds to Parkwood Apartments in Hoxie for renovation efforts.

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