May 25, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie to purchase land
for commercial development

The Hoxie City Council approved the purchase of four acres to be developed for commercial use at the May 17 meeting.

The property will be visible from the soon to open Highway 67 coming from Newport and will be a prime spot to locate fast food businesses, according to Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker.

As recommended by the job stimulus committee, the acreage, located near Cox Powersports, will be purchased from Wilson Schmidt for $150,000 with $30,000 in earnest.

Maggie Glisson (right) attended her first Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission meeting Monday night after accepting the position of airport manager. Chair Don Cavenaugh said she is settling in well and has knowledge of the field and a strong work ethic.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Glisson starts job as airport manager

Fresh from graduation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., Maggie Glisson of Pocahontas has just started her career with the airport manager position at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

"I've had a good first week, the people here are great and I'm excited to get started on some projects," Glisson said.

With a bachelor of science in aviation business administration, the airport commission is excited to have someone with her knowledge and work ethic step up at the airport, but for Glisson the aviation side of the job was not something she was sure about at first.

ATOD Coalition looking to build on success

Another big step in prevention efforts was taken recently when the Lawrence County ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition opened its new office, located in the Black Rock City Hall.

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by State Drug Director Denny Altes, was held to celebrate having the facility available for coalition use.

Alison Johnson, project coordinator for the coalition, said in addition to having office space, which Black Rock is renting at a discounted price, the coalition also has the benefit of being able to use other facilities, such as the city's meeting room where the open house was held.

Business retention effort underway

Current business and industry owners, along with Lawrence County Chamber representatives and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, met recently to discuss a new Business Retention and Expansion Program.

LaJuana Delph, a specialist in the area of business retention with the AEDC, spoke about the merits and benefits of a BR&E Program.

"Economic development is more than just bringing in new industries and businesses," Delph said. "You have to take care of your existing businesses, but you have to have a strategy."

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