January 21, 2015 Edition

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MANY ATTEND SYMPOSIUM ~ Dr. Blake Perkins speaks about women during the early settlement of Lawrence County, including their roles, rights and some misconceptions about how they lived. Perkins was one of several to present at a symposium held Thursday coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Lawrence County's establishment. Over 125 attended the event, which was presented by the Arkansas History Commission and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives. It was supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The event was held at Powhatan with many volunteers from state parks as well as Walnut Ridge High School.
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Thatcher resigns

Interim WR
chief named

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp sent out notification to local media and state officials that Police Chief Richy Thatcher had turned in his resignation Tuesday morning.

Airport to keep military contract

During Monday's Airport Commission meeting, Airport Manager Michelle Anthony said several positive connections were made in regards to the airport's military contract, which was at risk due to insufficient military fuel sales. She received word from the Defense Logistics Agency Tuesday that they are waiving the sales requirement and allowing the airport to keep its contract.

WR to remain NEARIFA member,
city employees to receive pay raise

The Walnut Ridge City Council passed the 2015 budget at its meeting on Jan. 13. The total anticipated revenue is set at $2,718,736 with the total anticipated appropriations being $2,304,205.

Hoxie to look at
waste management

The Hoxie City Council formed a committee to make recommendations for refuse and waste management at its meeting on Jan. 13.

Mayor Duckworth seeks community involvement

New Portia Mayor Kelly Duckworth will focus on community involvement during her administration.

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