November 18, 2015 Edition

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John Andrews (left) of Walnut Ridge visits with Tom Dillard, who was the featured speaker at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Dillard is a well-known Arkansas historian, archivist and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Chamber celebrates Lawrence
County's 200th anniversary

This year's Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet paid tribute to the 200th anniversary of Lawrence County. The theme was "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Celebrating Lawrence County 1815-2015.

The banquet, held Thursday evening at The Studio in downtown Walnut Ridge, featured Tom Dillard, who is one of Arkansas' leading historians, who spoke about some of the county's more colorful and interesting historic citizens.

Hoxie sets new City Hall hours

After some research on citizen traffic during City Hall hours, Mayor Lanny Tinker discovered that more people came during the lunch hour when the office was closed than in the 4-5 p.m. work hour.

This has prompted him to change office hours to 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and remain open during the lunch hour. The hours are to go into effect today.

New jail to take two years,
state of old jail uncertain

With a new sales tax approved, the SouthBuild Team, the firm commissioned to develop plans for a new county jail complex, will move forward with the next stages of a schedule set during meetings held in August.

Sheriff Jeff Yates said he is looking forward to getting the jail built.

WR City Council moves
forward with dog ordinance

The Walnut Ridge City Council approved the second reading of a new city dog ordinance during Monday night's meeting.

The council amended section eight of the ordinance pertaining to dog registration fees. The fees were adjusted to $5 annually for spayed and neutered dogs and $15 annually for unaltered dogs. A $25 lifetime registration will also be available for spayed and neutered dogs only.

Smithville man dies in accident

A two-vehicle accident at 5:27 p.m. on Nov. 10 resulted in the death of a Smithville man, according to Cpl. Benjamin Rapert with the Arkansas State Police.

The preliminary fatal crash summary stated that Marshall McDonald, 56, of Smithville was traveling westbound on Highway 412 near Walnut Ridge, at the overpass of U.S. 67, in a 2001 Chevrolet Lumina.

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