December 23, 2015 Edition

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JPs remove bonuses from 2016
budget, 911 ends year in black

The Dec. 15 Quorum Court meeting began with tension as justices sat down to vote on the 2016 budget, including issues pertaining to the legality of bonuses for the quorum court members.

County Judge Dale Freeman opened the meeting with the following statement to justices: "You have voting power, and I've got the veto power. I'm not about breaking laws."

LCCS celebrates Christmas

Vickie Mitchell assists Santa Claus (Clay Sloan) in handing outs gifts at the Lawrence County Cooperative School's Christmas party held Thursday. Members of the Kiwanis Club and WRHS Key Club assisted with the party, and the Kiwanis Club provided gifts.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Students at the Lawrence County Cooperative School in Portia enjoyed a Christmas celebration on Thursday. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Ridge assisted with the party for the 35th year.

The Kiwanis Club provides funds so that each student can receive a gift at the party. Several Kiwanis members, along with a few of the Walnut Ridge High School Key Club members, assist with distributing the gifts at the party.

Kiwanis members donate approximately $1,500 to go toward purchasing the presents. In addition, they also make a $1,000 contribution to the school. The Kiwanis radio auction, held in the fall, helps the club raise funds to do this each year.

Dog ordinance approved in WR

The Walnut Ridge City Council held the third and final reading of the new dog ordinance at Monday's meeting. Several Walnut Ridge citizen's showed their support for the ordinance, which passed unanimously.

The only point of contention was that it would not take effect immediately, a particular concern for Marion McDaniel who spoke about a "vicious" dog he had made several calls to the police about and was told it could not be picked up by current ordinance.

Airport Commission looks to
increase real property coverage

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission discussed increasing coverage on certain properties through the airport's Municipal League Insurance.

Chairman Don Cavenaugh said he believes several buildings are underinsured, which would be a minor setback should a single building be lost but could have devastating impacts should a natural disaster take out several buildings at once. "We've got a real high concentrated risk," Cavanaugh said.

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