January 13, 2016 Edition

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TETRAHEDRON WORK NEARING COMPLETION - Kevin Smith with Smith Electric installs lights on the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport's tetrahedron on Tuesday afternoon. In the background Billy Hargan (front) and Tim Stocker with West Machine Shop put finishing touches on the metal work. The tetrahedron, a wind direction indicator from the 1940s, is being refurbished with assistance from a state grant.

Williams kicks off Anniversary

The spring semester is underway at Williams Baptist College, and with it comes celebration of the college's diamond anniversary. The liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge was founded in 1941, and WBC is set to celebrate the 75-year mark throughout 2016.

"Our diamond anniversary is a great time to pause and reflect on all that Williams Baptist College has become over the past 75 years," said Dr. Tom Jones, WBC's president. "For seven and a half decades, Williams has fostered academic excellence and Christian commitment. As a result it is now a national leader in providing high-quality, affordable Christian education. It's a great tribute to the college's founders."

Gates honored by Three Rivers

Jim Gates of Walnut Ridge was the 2015 recipient of the Three Rivers District of the Arkansas State Firefighters Association's Joe Coker Achievement award.

The honor was presented last week at the district's winter meeting at the Walnut Ridge Fire Department.

Gates, a retired assistant chief for the WRFD, served many years with Chief Coker, as well as currently serving as secretary/treasurer for both the Arkansas State Firefighters Association and The Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Weeks retires after nearly
50 years in martial arts

After more than 47 years in martial arts training and instruction, Fred Weeks of Walnut Ridge has retired from active participation at ATF Martial Arts.

Weeks, who founded the Allied Tang Soo Do Federation (now ATF Martial Arts) in 1980, oversaw his last testing and promotion ceremony as Grandmaster on Jan. 5 at the ATF studio, located on West Main Street.

He began his training in 1969, and both he and his wife, Susan, earned black belts in the Chuck Norris System. Weeks began his school in Walnut Ridge as part of the Norris System before he started the Allied Tang Soo Do Federation.

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