July 31, 2013 Edition

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BATTLE OF THE BADGES - The battle of the badges blood drive was Monday at the Lawrence County Meeting Room. Police and fire departments were encouraged to give in a friendly competition to see which department could donate the most units. The Walnut Ridge Police Department won the contest and throughout the afternoon the American Red Cross collected 49 units. Pictured are (from left) Magan Guthrie with Red Cross, Melissa Collins, administrative assistant with WRPD, and Tony Waldrupe, WRPD captain. The drive was sponsored by Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Early voting for special election set

Early voting begins Tuesday in a special election pertaining to adding a half-cent sales tax and extending an existing half-cent sales tax to help fund the operation of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Music lineup for
Beatles at the Ridge set

The third annual Beatles at the Ridge music festival will be Sept. 20 and 21 in downtown Walnut Ridge. The Beatles tribute band BritBeat and the Nuttin' But Talent show will be featured this year. The festival is free to attend.

Bids let for road improvements

The Arkansas State Highway Commission recently approved two bids, one to resurface 4.5 miles of roadways in Walnut Ridge and the other to resurface 4.4 miles of County Road 42 in Lawrence County.

Transplant transforms Matthew Cole's life

Matthew Cole of Paragould was diagnosed with diabetes at age five. He had taken multiple shots a day and struggled with high blood sugar for 23 years until a surgery about eight months ago changed all of that.

Main Hoxie crossing to close for construction

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad crossing on Highway 67B in Hoxie will be closed Tuesday though Thursday of next week, Aug. 6-8, due to construction.

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