June 8, 2016 Edition

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Mayor Charles Snapp (right) speaks at a press conference Monday announcing the location of a new Tractor Supply Co. store in Walnut Ridge. Others are (from left): Ryan George of BG Development Co. in Jonesboro, Dr. Tom Jones of Williams Baptist College and Phillip Barr, also of BG.

Developers announce plans
for Tractor Supply in WR

A Tractor Supply Co. retail store will be opening in Walnut Ridge in the coming months thanks to a cooperative effort that took place over a year between several entities and individuals.

Papers were signed Monday, just prior to a press conference, selling the retail property, known as the Ridge Center, which includes the former Walmart building, owned by Williams Baptist College, to BG Development Co. of Jonesboro.

The property is located on Hwy. 67B North and includes a Dollar General Store, Ma and Pa's Flea Market and the First National Bank ATM drive-through.

ABC actress' star first shone
at WR's Front Street Theatre

As a young child, Mary Hollis Inboden often accompanied her father to Front Street Theatre in Walnut Ridge, where he helped Carrie Mae Snapp with set building.

Snapp was able to see Inboden recently, while she was visiting her parents, Kim and Toni, and brother, Lee, in Bono for the premiere of her new ABC show, "The Real O'Neals."

She recalled the child actor who thrived on the stage at Front Street Theatre.

"You knew when you met Mary Hollis as a five-year-old that she was a unique person," Snapp said. "She knew from a very early age what she wanted to do. That's a wonderful gift!"

Bigger graduates from Naval Academy

Sully Bigger, a 2012 graduate of Crowley's Ridge Academy in Paragould and resident of Walnut Ridge, recently graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

He graduated on May 27 with a Bachelor of Science in History degree, as well as a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

Sully is the son of Dana and Jim Bigger of Walnut Ridge. His parents, along with maternal grandparents, Sam and Dianne Burns of Walnut Ridge; paternal grandparents, Nancy and Eddie Bigger of Marion; brother, Jake; aunt, Melanie Hicks and cousins, Audrey Jane and Gracie Hicks, attended the graduation festivities during the final week of May in Annapolis.

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