January 20, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie School Board member Jeff Worlow asks Ethel Tompkins, Hoxie School's first African American graduate, about a photo in the display that was exhibited at the Mega King Fest in Little Rock on Monday. Tompkins and Worlow were among those who were in attendance at the event, where Hoxie received the Humanities Award from the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Hoxie receives MLK honors

The community of Hoxie received the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission's Humanities Award at the Mega King Fest, held Monday in Little Rock.

The Hoxie School Board voted to voluntarily integrate in 1955 and became the first challenged integration in the state of Arkansas when segregationists fought the decision in the court system. The board upheld its decision, as did the courts, paving the way for many other integration efforts in the future.

NE 4th property rezoned, citizens voice concerns

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to rezone property at Northeast Fourth and Poplar from R-1 to R-2 at Monday night's meeting.

The property, which is planned to be used as the site for a duplex, had previously come before the council to be rezoned to R-3 and have a quadplex built on it. The motion for that rezoning died for lack of second largely due to citizens' concerns about the rezoning.

Hoxie mayor speaks about state of city

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker read his state of the city report at the Jan. 12 city council meeting. The report included an update on the city's financial situation after 2015, as well as discussed some developments the city is getting in 2016.

While increased costs and the loss of the inmate work release program, which subsidized city labor, led to increases on water and sanitation rates, Tinker said the city is doing everything it can to keep costs down.

Agri Expo set for Feb. 5

The Lawrence and Randolph County Chambers of Commerce, in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, will present the 2016 Agri Appreciation Expo on Feb. 5 in Pocahontas.

The event, which will feature Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward as its keynote speaker, will also serve as the production meetings for the Lawrence and Randolph County Extension Services.

Many options available for financial aid

With the beginning of another spring semester, many Lawrence County seniors are being bombarded with more information about colleges, financial aid and life after high school than they know what to do with. While there are many students out there who already have their college plan in place, there are many who still may be debating whether they even want to go or not.

No matter what stage of planning for college a student is on, it's important to know what resources are available to them. Parents can play a crucial role in helping their child plan and get organized during this stressful time.

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