March 2, 2016 Edition

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Judge, sheriff races
decided in primary

Lawrence County races for county judge and sheriff were decided in Tuesday's Primary Election.

Dale Freeman was re-elected county judge, receiving 1,245 votes (57 percent) to defeat John Thomison, who received 953 votes (43 percent).

In the race for sheriff, Jeff Yates was re-elected with 1,635 votes (75 percent). Richy Thatcher received 557 votes (25 percent).

Consolidation petitions ratified

WR and CC consolidation to go to election

With both the College City and Walnut Ridge city councils approving their respective consolidation petitions last week, a special election could be called as early as May 3.

While a topic of discussion amongst the two cities for many years, several former College City mayors confirmed that this is the closest the two cities have ever been to consolidating.

Former mayor of College City Harold Johnson was one of the first to speak at a special College City City Council meeting held Feb. 23.

Williams to launch new honors
program with Coe Scholars

Dora Lwamba, a Williams Baptist College senior from Olive Branch, Miss., does research recently in WBC's Felix Goodson Library. Starting in the fall, Williams students will have a chance to participate in a variety of academic opportunities and challenges through the new Honors Program.

Williams Baptist College will launch its new Honors Program this fall, and it will welcome its first group of participants, known as Coe Honors Scholars. Students selected for the prestigious program will participate in a wide array of academic opportunities and challenges.

The title of Coe Honors Scholar is a tribute to the late Henry E. (Ezra) and Verbeth Coe of Tuckerman, whose recent estate gift endowed scholarships at Williams, as well as benefiting two other educational institutions. Longtime supporters of WBC, the Coes left nearly $1,000,000 from their estate to Williams.

WR trash rates increase in time for March bill

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to approve an ordinance to increase sanitation rates by $5 on all city accounts at a special meeting called Wednesday, Feb 24.

This rate change is required to offset a deficit from an increase in tipping fees from $9.25 to $10.25 at the beginning of the year. Walnut Ridge was looking at a deficit of about $77,000 in the sanitation department without the rate increase. However, due to holding a special meeting that allowed a faster passing of the ordinance, Snapp said residents should see the increase on their March water bills, which should allow enough additional revenue for the sanitation department to barely break even.

Flowers Nursery & Gifts to open

Flowers Nursery & Gifts will open Monday at 3205 Hwy. 67B in Walnut Ridge, next door to the Pizza Hut. A grand opening is set for Saturday, March 12.

Owners of the new business are Brad and Angela Flippo and Mark and Jessica Light. Angela will be the manager.

Nancy Ervin, who owned and operated Taylor's Greenhouse and Nursery in Hoxie for many years, will also be affiliated with Flowers. "She will play a key role in the business," Angela said. "We are very grateful to have her. She will also be able to provide landscaping designs for homes and businesses."

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