August 19, 2015 Edition

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91ST FAIR CONCLUDES - Lloyd Clark and his grandson, Daniel Ayers, eight, of Rogers, look at the entries in the poultry show at the Lawrence County Fair in Imboden. The fair concluded on Saturday with the annual Lawrence County Auto Show that day and the carnival and rodeo that night. James Ratliff, president of the fair board, said the fair was a great success. "We had great weather and big crowds at the events," he said.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Proposed Jumpstart Animal
Shelter moving forward

Plans for establishing an animal shelter in Walnut Ridge are underway. Councilmen voted to allow an agreement between the city and Jumpstart Ministries to be developed.

The city would offer the former Gateway Animal Clinic, which it recently purchased, rent free to the organization to run as a shelter.

Hoxie City Council discusses
planning and zoning issues

During the Aug. 11 meeting, the Hoxie City Council voted to require all conditional use issues in regards to planning and zoning be brought before the council.

A conditional use permit is a zoning exception that allows the property owner to use their land in a way not permitted within the particular zoning district.

Limb pickup is strain on Walnut Ridge

The Walnut Ridge City Council discussed costs and assets tied up in limb pickup and how to make it financially viable.

A recently held pickup included 65 loads at a cost of $5,921. Mayor Charles Snapp said the estimated annual cost is $48,000 and does not include shredding costs.

County enrollment drops below 3,000
Two school districts report increase

First-day enrollment for all schools in Lawrence County dropped below 3,000 this year with a total of 2,972, compared to 3,011 on the first day in 2014.

The Lawrence County and Sloan-Hendrix school districts each saw increases in first-day numbers.

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