July 13, 2016 Edition

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AEDC VISITED - Kevin Sexton (from right), senior community developer with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, talks with Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker and his wife, Lida Tinker, at the AEDC office in Little Rock. Lawrence County Chamber representatives and local leaders took breakfast and visited with AEDC representatives Friday morning.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Court moves forward
on employee raises

The Lawrence County Quorum Court approved the first reading of an ordinance establishing a three percent raise for county employees.

This raise, which will not apply to elected officials, will cost the county about $78,480 annually. Upon the final reading and approval of the ordinance, the employees will receive the raise as well as be paid retroactively from Jan. 1, 2016, in a lump sum.

Justice Lloyd Clark discussed setting a compensation policy that clarifies what employees should be paid based on hours and qualifications. County Judge Dale Freeman, while stating he'd never operated a business that way, did agree that something needed to be established, but didn't want to over extend the county's budget.

Sheriff to review intake policy,
new jail will increase safety

Sheriff Jeff Yates announced the intake policy at the county jail is under review. A new procedure is being developed that will help determine which inmates are the county's responsibility and which are the arresting agency's responsibility when it comes to liability and medical treatment.

To prevent confusion on which agency made the arrest, what the charges are and what to do if medical treatment is required, the policy being utilized currently requires the arresting officer to fill out paperwork before the jail will accept the inmate. The charges would have to be verified with Yates, Chief Deputy Tony Waldrupe or Jail Administrator Debbie Burleson before intake could be completed.

Three school board races to be on ballot

The Sept. 20 School Election will include three races, according to information released by County Clerk Tina Stowers on Tuesday.

The filing period ended Tuesday at noon with races in the Hoxie School District, Lawrence County School District and Sloan-Hendrix School District.

In Hoxie, incumbent Jeff Worlow will face Dennis Coggins and Sherry Moore.

Voters in the Lawrence County School District will decide between incumbent John Householder and Brittany Schmidt.

Event to celebrate Hoxie first stand

The 2016 "Hoxie The First Stand Celebration" will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Studio in downtown Walnut Ridge.

The event will mark the 61st anniversary of the integration of Hoxie School and kickoff efforts to construct the Hoxie Civil Rights Museum.

In 1955, Hoxie School voluntarily integrated and became the first challenged integration in the state of Arkansas. When segregationists fought the decision in the court system, the board upheld its decision, as did the courts, paving the way for many other integration efforts in the future.

Accident claims life

A one-vehicle accident on Thursday evening on County Road 511, near Clover Bend, resulted in the death of a Black Rock woman.

Kimberly Simpson, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene. Timothy Starling, 41, of Portia was airlifted and remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Holbrook returns from mission trip in Italy

Katalina Holbrook, a 2015 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a rising sophomore English major at Arkansas State University, recently returned from a six-week adventure in Vicenza, Italy, where she partnered with a local church to do mission work in the area.

Holbrook teamed up with a Dallas-based organization, Let's Start Talking. She made the journey with her friend and sorority sister, Elizabeth Johnson.

During their time in Vicenza, the girls taught English through the Bible by using workbooks modified to help understand the English language and spark meaningful conversation.

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