March 26, 2014 Edition

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Arkansas firefighters
honor their fallen

Paula Haskins of Walnut Ridge, designer of the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters' Memorial, is shown with the memorial in the background following Saturday's dedication in Little Rock.
It was 28 years in the making, but on March 22, the state capitol grounds were filled with firefighter supporters for the dedication ceremonies of the Fallen Firefighters' Memorial.

Designed in support of all firefighters in the state, the memorial touches the lives of firefighters active in all communities and spotlights the life of those who answered the call and did not return home to their families.

In 1986, board members of the Arkansas State Firefighters Association began discussing ways to salute those firefighters who died in the line of duty. At that time the number of "fallen" stood at 67, but has since risen to 104.

In the spring of 2013, a light rain was falling during the memorial's groundbreaking ceremony on the west side of the capitol building in Little Rock. Several hundred people were there as many relatives and representatives of fallen firefighters had the opportunity to be part of "breaking the ground" on this momentous occasion.

AHTD suspends Hwy. 63 project

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department recently withdrew 10 construction projects from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April as a result of the uncertainty of Federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.

Bryant takes position with EAPDD

L.J. Bryant, who has served as the director of economic development for the Lawrence County Chamber since 2011, has accepted a position as a community liaison for East Arkansas Planning & Development District.

Hoxie girl granted wish

Most children wish for a lot of things when they are very young, and, if they are lucky, many of those wishes come true. Three-year-old Abagail Bates of Hoxie was thrilled recently when one of her greatest wishes was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation - a trip to Disney World!

Closing of refinery
affects local stations

Local gas stations may have trouble obtaining gasoline and diesel fuel over the next month. According to Jamie Jones, manager of the Citgo JP Flash Market in Portia, the Valero Memphis Refinery, a major crude oil distributer for the area, will be closed for repairs until May 1.

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