August 7, 2013 Edition

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Vote on proposed tax
for hospital underway

Kenny Lewis votes at the Lawrence County Courthouse during early voting yesterday. The election pertains to the addition of a half-cent sales tax and extending a current half-cent sales tax already in place. Both will help fund Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Early voting is underway and Election Day will be Tuesday as Lawrence County voters cast their ballots in a special election pertaining to funding the county's hospital.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is seeking an extension of its existing half-cent county sales tax, as well as the passage of an additional half-cent tax. Both taxes would be in place until 2023, and funds collected would be used to fund the hospital's general operations.

Administrator George Fray said the hospital has always lost money, mainly because of emergency room losses. He said decreased revenue at Lawrence Health System's nursing home, Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, coupled with decreased federal funding has forced the hospital to seek this additional tax.

County fair is next week

The 89th annual Lawrence County Fair and Livestock Show is set for next week at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Imboden.

NEARIFA holds site class

As the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority (NEARIFA) continues to work with various governmental entities to locate potential prospects for their sites in Pocahontas, Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and Corning, members went back to class this past week to learn how to be more specific in their search and how to better market their sites to the outside world.

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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