July 24, 2013 Edition

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READY TO MARCH - Walnut Ridge High School Band Director John Long (right) directs the marching band during its rehearsal on Tuesday. Students across Lawrence County are preparing for the new school year with Walnut Ridge and Hoxie bands and volleyball teams already meeting for practices, and football practices starting Aug. 5.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Tax issue critical for smaller hospitals

On Aug. 13, Lawrence County voters will decide whether to extend an existing half-cent sales tax and add another half-cent tax to support the local hospital.

Lawrence Health Services Administrator George Fray said the election is very important, not only for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but also for the county.

The tax, which would be in place until 2023, would be used to offset the decrease in federal funding being received, as well as to continue to help make up for losses in the hospital's emergency room.

LawCo. Ranger helps fight Arizona fire

Lawrence County Ranger Eric Smith with the Arkansas Forestry Commission worked in the fight against the wildfires at Mesa, Ariz., from June 25 through July 10.

WR increases mosquito
control efforts, methods

The Walnut Ridge Mosquito Control Committee is ramping up efforts to decrease the city's mosquito population. Many changes are being made beginning this week in spraying times and methods.

Premature baby born
at LMH is true miracle

On May 13, Tonya Owens of Alicia told her mother and son that she was having intense abdominal pains and needed to go to the emergency room.

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