March 30, 2016 Edition

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PAVED WALKWAYS TO CONNECT BALL FIELDS - Charles Reynolds, Chad Browning and Charles Johnson of Reynolds Asphalt of Pocahontas work Tuesday afternoon to pave eight-foot wide walkways to connect the ball fields at Stewart Park. A joint project of the city of Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County School District, the walkways will bring the ball fields into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by improving handicap accessibility.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Fuel farm is priority for airport

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission voted to move forward on a new fuel farm, which houses the on-site fuel the airport sells.

While the current farm is operational and isn't a major safety concern yet, Airport Manager Michelle Anthony has made its replacement a priority as the farm is over 40 years old and is showing signs of rust.
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County working to become
Work Ready Community

Dina Rose, chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, joined community leaders from six East Arkansas counties recently for the first of four ACT Work Ready Community Academies in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rose's attendance starts Lawrence County on the path toward Certified Work Ready status, which is designed to make the county more competitive in job retention and creation.
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Winds lead to precautions
around collapsing building

Strong winds on March 22 hit collapsing property at Abbey and West Elm, causing the back wall of the structure to sway and several bricks to break free.

Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens arranged to have more barricades set up around the building, which is part of a larger structure that houses two in operation businesses, Mullen Abstract and Steele Law Firm.
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WRHS grad soaks up culture, history
during semester study in Spain

It has been about 45 days since I traded in the comfort of Arkansas State University's campus and the idea of a "normal" freshman year for a semester spent living in a small Spanish village in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and every single day has been a breathtaking adventure.

I've hiked up mountains to castle ruins right here at my new home in Lanjaron, Spain. I've stepped outside my comfort zone on a daily basis. I've visited monasteries, mosques, cathedrals and churches all around Europe. I've learned more about history and culture in the past six weeks than I had in the previous 18 years of my life combined.
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