April 23, 2014 Edition

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Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House (from left) points to the Walnut Ridge end of Hwy. 412, which is scheduled to be widened to four lanes from Hwy. 141 in Greene County to Hwy. 67 in Lawrence County. Also attending a meeting on Thursday at Light were Ricky Ditto, head of the Walnut Ridge Street Department, County Judge Dale Freeman and State Rep. James Ratliff.
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Meeting held on proposed widening of Hwy. 412

A public meeting was held on Thursday evening at Light Baptist Church to receive input on a proposal to widen Hwy. 412 in Lawrence and Greene Counties.

The proposal, which is part of the Connecting Arkansas Program, calls for widening the highway from Hwy. 141 in Greene County to Hwy. 67 in Lawrence County.

Input is being sought on whether the widening is needed, if there are any historical sites, cemeteries or archaeological sites in the path and if there are any environmental constraints to completing the project.
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LawCo. roads to be improved

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Lawrence County.
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BR closing will bring changes

In October 2013, the Lawrence County School Board voted to consolidate the Black Rock School into the Walnut Ridge campus. Enrollment was down at both schools and the board had already been preparing for less funding for the 2014-15 school year.

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Warnick announces candidacy for sheriff

Joseph Warnick of Imboden has formally announced that he is running for the position of Lawrence County Sheriff.
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Barber to seek mayor position

Hoxie resident Russell Barber has formally announced his plans to run for mayor of Hoxie. Barber, 56, says he will seek the office in this November's election. He released the following statement:
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