April 20, 2016 Edition

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WRFD GETS NEW FIRE TRUCK - Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens (right) shows the new fire truck the department recently purchased to Alderman Allen Smith after the Walnut Ridge City Council meeting Monday night.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

WR Council discusses
additional paving overlay

With oil prices being low, Walnut Ridge may look at increasing the amount of asphalt overlay it does this year as a surprising low bid led the Walnut Ridge City Council to discuss dedicating another $100,000 to street overlay during Monday night's meeting.

After appropriating $100,000 for street overlay in March, four bids for the paving project came back. Asphalt Producers, LLC, out of Jonesboro had the low bid of $62.80 per ton, which came in lower than predicted and should allow for work to be done on all the considered streets for this project.

When looking at the cost, Alderman Allen Smith requested looking into allocating another $100,000 as he said prices would not go down any lower than what they are now.
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Hoxie council discusses fees for rezoning

With an increase in rezoning requests in Hoxie, the city council spent much of the April 12 meeting discussing how to set fees associated with rezoning.

When a property is recommended for rezoning, the property to be rezoned must be marked and ads for a public hearing must be run in a local newspaper. These expenses are paid by the city and are expected to be covered in the fee paid by the party that put in the rezoning request.
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Consolidation of WR, College City election set

Walnut Ridge and College City both ratified petitions for the consolidation of the two towns earlier this year. A special election has been set for May 10 to allow residents of both towns to vote for the consolidation.

The ballot, which will include a vote on the consolidation itself and on the name of the consolidated city, Walnut Ridge or College City, will be available for residents of both cities at the Lawrence County Meeting Room on election day. Early voting will also be available at the county clerk's office in the courthouse beginning May 3.
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Archer honored with Make-A-Wish award

For Jennifer Archer of Walnut Ridge, Make-A-Wish has become a part of who she is.

Last week, she was recognized by Make-A-Wish staff members for her work with the organization.

Mallory Lindsey and Amy Westlake paid a surprise visit to Archer on April 12 at her hair salon to present her with the 2015 Heartfelt Achievement Award.
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Chamber quarterly meeting focuses on transportation

Transportation was the focus of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting on Thursday at the Lawrence County Meeting Room in Walnut Ridge.

Brad Smithee, a Hoxie High School graduate and maintenance engineer for District 10 of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, spoke about funding, construction and maintenance for highways in the area.

Smithee said maintenance of highways has become very limited due to increasing costs and decreased funding.
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