June 26, 2013 Edition

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Mayor speaks about
WR at convention

Mayor Don and Mary House attended the Arkansas Municipal League Convention in Hot Springs, Wednesday through Friday of last week. On Thursday, Mayor House spoke at the convention on "Innovative Ideas to Promote Your Community."

His speech highlighted the grassroots efforts that created the Wings of Honor Museum, Beatles Park, Abbey Road and the Guitar Walk at Cavenaugh Park.

He also noted the asset of having the Amtrak Iron Mountain Depot, two state parks, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives facility, the Clover Bend Historic Preservation Project, the Stan Jones Mallard Lodge, two state wildlife management areas nearby, as well as the seven-mile walking-biking trail that spans Walnut Ridge and Hoxie.

For several years, House served as a member and as president of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Board that promotes the region's tourism. He has been active in helping with preservation and tourist-related projects in Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County.

He remarked that it was an honor to represent Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County at the Municipal League Convention. He noted that Helena West Helena and McGehee were the only other towns given the opportunity to tell their story.

House said, "Just a few years ago, who would have thought Walnut Ridge would be highlighted at a major state convention for its innovative ideas?"

House said that because a few people had dreams and many volunteered themselves and their resources, some very good things have happened in Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County.

Mayor House also serves on the Resolution Committee for the Municipal League.

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