May 18, 2016 Edition

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ASU'S COACH ANDERSON VISITS - Blake Anderson (from left), head football coach of the Arkansas State University Red Wolves, visits with George Fray and Sam Weir at Tuesday's Rotary Club of Lawrence County meeting. Coach Anderson told Rotary members and guests that he has high expectations for the coming football season, his third at the helm of the Red Wolves. He was the guest of Fray, Rotary Club president. Weir, who now lives in Cherokee Village, was a standout football player at Walnut Ridge and ASU, as well as playing professionally and later coaching. Dan Mullen, Rotary member and former ASU football standout, presented Anderson with a Rotary ink pen.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

WR committee to study
impact if Hoxie consolidated

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp presented plans for a new committee at Monday night's city council meeting. The committee's mission would be to determine the true liability and economic impact the citizens of Walnut Ridge and the soon to be consolidated College City would face should a consolidation with Hoxie ever come to pass.

Snapp stressed this isn't about finding out what it would take to consolidate. Instead, the committee would only be looking at the impacts a consolidation would have on the city of Walnut Ridge.

Three plead guilty in FNB fraud case

Three former employees of First National Bank have pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to commit bank fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Thyer.

Thyer, who serves as attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch, of the Little Rock Field Office for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) announced on May 11 that Brenda Montgomery, 57, of Walnut Ridge, Peggy Sutton, 61, of Biggers, and Cindy Tate, 57, of Walnut Ridge, admitted to stealing nearly $4 million from First National Bank.

College City set to consolidate into WR

After the May 10 special election, which saw a high majority vote in favor of the consolidation of College City and Walnut Ridge, officials from both towns are moving forward with the next steps in the process.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said word was sent to the Secretary of State, the Municipal League and the East Arkansas Planning and Development District following the approval of the voters. This was to provide a legal notice of the consolidation and to seek a recommendation on how to redraw Ward boundary lines to equally distribute the property values and population in the new city limits of Walnut Ridge.

Hoxie Job Stimulus Committee
focuses efforts on vacant building

The Hoxie Job Stimulus Committee discussed what options remain on the vacant building that used to house a Save-A-Lot grocery store during its May 10 meeting. Mayor Lanny Tinker said he has reached out to every grocery chain in Arkansas and a few out-of-state chains as well, but hasn't been able to reach a deal.

"I have gotten nowhere on a grocery store," Tinker said.

The committee reviewed prices for advertising the building in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. They voted to run the ad three times to get the discounted rate. The ads will cost approximately $945. If no inquiries are received on the ad, then the city will look into hiring a commercial realty firm to market the building.

WR man dies in accident

A Walnut Ridge man lost his life in a two-vehicle accident on Saturday at 11:45 a.m., according to a fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

Tyler William Alls, 23, of Walnut Ridge was traveling northbound on a 2006 Honda motorcycle on Highway 91 near the intersection with Lawrence County Road 730.

Helicopter crash results in fatality

A helicopter crash near Portia early Friday morning resulted in one fatality, according to Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates.

While the pilot was not injured, a worker on the ground, later identified as Thomas Weisenbach, 51, of Walnut Ridge, was seriously injured and transported to a Memphis hospital, where he later died.

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