July 17, 2013 Edition

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LEARN ABOUT ANIMALS - Wildlife biologist Bob Tarter (right) with the Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth shows Rocky the raccoon to Emma Allen (from left), Abigail Brown, Jaden Deckard and Jada Diaz at the Lawrence County Library as part of its summer reading program, "Dig into Reading." Tarter showed a variety of animals including a red-footed tortoise, a mega bat and a bobcat, which he used to teach the children about different skills animals have based on size, senses and abilities. The summer reading program will conclude next week with a magic show by Rocky Clements on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Hoxie sewer rate to increase

After a public hearing on July 9, the Hoxie City Council passed an ordinance at its meeting that will increase sewer rates beginning Sept. 1 for each user connected and served by the sewer system. The increase will only affect the first 1,000 gallons used and raises that cost from $4.40 to $6.
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Roberts wins preteen crown

Kayla Roberts, daughter of Eric and Debra Roberts of Walnut Ridge, was crowned National American Miss Arkansas Preteen at the state pageant held June 27-30 at Springdale. Roberts attends Hoxie School, where she will be an eighth-grader in the fall.
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WR Council rezones property

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to rezone a property along Highway 67B North and mentioned a few budget items that will be discussed in greater detail at the next budget committee meeting.
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Accident leads to fatality

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 91 in Walnut Ridge resulted in the death of a Walnut Ridge man, according to WRPD Chief Richy Thatcher.
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Burch joins Extension staff

The Lawrence County Extension Service has announced the addition of Katrina Burch of Walnut Ridge, who will serve as the Family and Consumer Science agent for the county.
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