June 22, 2016 Edition

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Ken Guthrie (left) and Alderman Rob Combs look over the first alternative, which was the one selected by the city council, for the new Walnut Ridge wards to be used upon the consolidation of Walnut Ridge and College City on Jan. 1, 2017.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

New WR wards to be
drawn, filing to open

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted on a new ward map at Monday night's meeting. The wards will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, upon the consolidation of Walnut Ridge and College City.

With three alternatives, drawn up by James Walden of Garver and Associates, on display in the Walnut Ridge Police Complex the afternoon prior to the meeting, citizens were able to give their input on what option they preferred.

The council chose alternative 1, which was the closest to the current wards with the least shifting of boundaries. Other alternatives would have caused aldermen incumbents to enter into the race against each other and would leave other wards without a current council member residing in them.

County Clerk Tina Stowers said the new wards will be processed through her office and the filing period would open in late July. All aldermen positions will be up for election, which will be voted on in the November General Election.

Walnut Ridge aldermen will continue to be elected "at-large" meaning any resident can vote for any aldermen regardless of the ward in which they reside, though only two from each ward will be elected.

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