April 02, 2014 Edition

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Danny West (from left) and Tim Stocker with West Machine Inc. and Bryson Long with the city of Walnut Ridge put finishing touches on the new welcome sign for Walnut Ridge and Hoxie located on Highway 67 North. Charles and Jackie Snapp, Don and Fran Cavenaugh, Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker, Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House and Dr. Brett Cooper were on hand Monday to see the finished sign.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Walnut Ridge, Hoxie
get new welcome signs

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The final touches on the first of four new welcome signs for Walnut Ridge and Hoxie were completed on Monday. The newly erected sign can be seen on Highway 67 North coming into Walnut Ridge.

Charles Snapp with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee said the new signs are the third stage of a marketing plan started years ago. The first two stages of which were the Beatles Tribute on Abbey Road and the Guitar Walk.

Three more signs will be installed, one on Highway 67 coming into Hoxie, which will have Hoxie listed first, and two on Highway 412. Both cities are assisting with installation, which is being done by West Machine, Inc.

The signs are funded through a grant from Don and Fran Cavenaugh and Chevrolet.

"Don and I are proud to be able to assist the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce with the signs. This is a great way for the Chamber to start off our community revitalization and beautification program," Fran said.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House commended the Cavenaughs and the Chamber for their efforts saying that continuing progress in the area of tourism is very important. He also pointed out that Highways 67 and 412 are prominent roadways around Walnut Ridge and Hoxie and the new welcome signs will garner attention.

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker said, "I think it's a good that Walnut Ridge and Hoxie are working together. It will be good for the entire community."

"The more our two communities can do together the better for both," House said.

The new signs are approximately 11-foot wide and 10-foot tall and are expected to last for 20 years.

"I want to thank Danny West for his great work on the signs, the cities of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie for their support and of course Charles Snapp for his continued vision for a better Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County."

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