February 25, 2015 Edition

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Kirksey named WRPD chief

Chris Kirksey (left) receives his chief's badge from Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp on Thursday at City Hall. Captain Kirksey was promoted to WRPD chief after about a month-long search. Officer Bubba Blackwood was also a candidate and has been promoted to head the new drug interdiction department.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl
Chris Kirksey has been named the new Walnut Ridge Police chief. Mayor Charles Snapp presented him with his badge on Thursday at City Hall.

"I feel blessed, honored and excited about this opportunity," Kirksey said. "I feel like we're going to achieve great things."

Kirksey was one of two final candidates alongside WRPD officer Bubba Blackwood. Snapp said when deciding who should take over as chief, he spoke with former and current WRPD officers, city department heads and employees of the 911 Communications Center.

Ice lingers, schools closed
for more than a week

Sleet and snow that fell on Lawrence County early last week still lingers on many side roads and parking lots keeping travel conditions hazardous and schools closed.

Appearance of cemetery
relies on financial support

Upkeep for a cemetery the size of Lawrence Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge is a major undertaking and expense. The cemetery consists of 23 acres and contains in excess of 10,000 headstones, as well as gravesites that are unmarked.

LawCo. raises 12K for Make-A-Wish

Lawrence County volunteers were able to raise $12,200 for this year's Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon to benefit Make-A-Wish. The total raised in the region during the 13-hour fundraiser on Feb. 13 was $339,410. All money will help to grant the wishes of children in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.

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