June 15, 2016 Edition

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GOFFS ARE 2016 FARM FAMILY - Rickey and Virginia Goff (left) of Smithville have been named as the 2016 Farm Family of the Year for Lawrence County. Their sons, Kevin of Phoenix (from right) and Keith of Benton, were instrumental in the family business while growing up on the farm. Keith and his wife, Tina, have a son, Samuel, and a little girl on the way. This year's honorees will be featured in an upcoming special section in The Times Dispatch.
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Taco Bell to locate in WR

After weeks of anticipation by area residents, the official announcement came Tuesday morning that a Taco Bell restaurant will soon be constructed in Walnut Ridge.

The announcement came in conjunction with a groundbreaking ceremony held at the site that was once the location of Tolson Motor Co., on Hwy. 67B North, for many years. The site is located next to Aaron's, Inc.

"Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County are at a turning point," said Mayor Charles Snapp as he made the announcement. "This will have a big economic impact."

Court approves raise during tense meeting

After heated crossfire and a denied adjournment vote, the Lawrence County Quorum Court decided to give a three percent raise to county employees with an ordinance to be passed at the next meeting.

The decision was made following confusion about what had previously been decided on how to handle salary adjustments, longevity pay and the budget in general.

County Judge Dale Freeman made several claims, including that his budget was missing money, that funds appropriated to the sheriff's department were a waste of taxpayer's money and that County Clerk Tina Stowers and County Treasurer Marilyn Crafton were mishandling funds.

WR council to vote on new wards

The Walnut Ridge City Council will consider three alternative ward redistricting proposals for the consolidated cities of Walnut Ridge and College City at Monday night's 6 p.m. meeting at the Walnut Ridge Police Complex.

The three proposals, drawn up by James Walden of Garver and Associates, will be available for review at the police complex from 3-5:45 p.m. prior to the meeting. Residents of Walnut Ridge and College City are encouraged to review the proposals and attend the meeting.

Looney serves as 2015 Arkansas State Fair Queen

In August of 2015, WBC student and local business owner Holly Looney was crowned the 2015 Miss Lawrence County at the annual county fair.

She continued on in the pageant system, and was crowned the 2015 Arkansas State Fair Queen in late October, the first contestant from Lawrence County to hold the title. During the year of her reign, she has been very involved in volunteer work and various events throughout the state, representing Arkansas, Lawrence County and Walnut Ridge.

Holly is a 2013 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and will graduate in May of 2017 from Williams Baptist College with a bachelor of science in liberal arts. She is the daughter of David and Karen Looney of Walnut Ridge.

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