June 29, 2016 Edition

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Ma & Pa's to move to Hoxie

After years of being vacant, the former Save-A-Lot store in Hoxie will now house the long-standing Ma & Pa's Flea Market, currently located on U.S. 67B in Walnut Ridge.

The Hoxie City Council unanimously approved the sale of the building at the June 21 meeting to Clifton and Diann Powers at the purchase price of $150,000.

Mayor Lanny Tinker said he expected the closing of the sale to be quick with $10,000 up front and the remaining $140,000 to be paid in installments. The money would be put into the Job Stimulus Fund, which is used in the economic advancement of the city of Hoxie.

Disaster training facility could
see hundreds weekly in LawCo.

ASU Disaster Preparedness Education Director Deborah Persell speaks at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission's meeting Monday night. Persell and several others attended the meeting to talk about a proposed disaster training facility at the airport that would not only be beneficial to the airport's state staging area status for emergencies but also has the potential to bring in hundreds of students and emergency personnel weekly.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission took the first steps at Monday night's meeting in an agreement with the Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University to establish a disaster training facility in Lawrence County.

Regional Center Director Deborah Persell and Major Brian Mason, as well as several other members of the team, were present at the meeting to give a presentation to the 40-plus in attendance.

The 80-acre facility will be located in the southern portion of the airport just north of Lawrence County Road 428 and will offer training for a variety of emergency situations, including earthquake, flood, tornado, as well as programs such as FARMEDIC and HAZMAT training.

These programs will bring in students and emergency personnel from across the state and beyond. Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens said this could be very big for the county in way of bringing perhaps hundreds of visitors into the area within a single week.

Having attended several trainings himself, Owens said it's not uncommon for the trainees to eat at the local restaurants or stay overnight in local lodging.

Hwy. 67 to open Aug. 11

Travel between Lawrence County and central Arkansas is about to get easier and quicker, noted Brett Cooper, chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has announced that the new Hwy. 67 freeway to Walnut Ridge and Hoxie will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 11, hosted by the AHTD and the Chamber.

"It is hard to overstate just how significant the opening of the new Hwy. 67 is for Lawrence County," Cooper said. "It literally provides new avenues of access between Lawrence County and central Arkansas, and beyond. It makes our community all the more attractive to visitors and prospective industries, and it builds on the county’s tremendous strength in transportation options."

School board filing opens on Tuesday

The Lawrence County Clerk's Office has petitions available for those wishing to run for a position on a county school board.

In order to petition, the candidate must reside and be a registered voter in the school district.

Petitions can be filed starting Tuesday at noon, and the filing period will close Tuesday, July 12, at noon.

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