July 27, 2016 Edition

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Restaurant receives
private club license

A new restaurant that is set to open in downtown Walnut Ridge was granted a private club license by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at its July 20 meeting.

Juan C. Aguilar requested the license earlier this year for Main Street Pizza, which he plans to open at 207 West Main Street.

The report states that several local pastors submitted letters of opposition. There were no objections from public officials, and Mayor Charles Snapp submitted a letter of support.

Rails to Trails in final stage of development

The Lawrence Country Rails to Trails Committee currently has a grant application pending with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. If approved, this grant will help to fund at least some of the remaining projects in the final stage of development of the Rails to Trails walking and biking path.

The application was hand-delivered to the ATHD's Little Rock headquarters earlier this summer by committee chair Lewis Slaughter and secretary Lee Turnbull. The committee is hoping to learn the outcome of the grant in the near future.

Rails to Trails lacks three main things that the committee has applied for funding to help accomplish.

Farmedic training held at WR Airport

Agriculture, big business in Arkansas, is also one of the most dangerous industries because of the array of equipment, chemicals and outdoor conditions.

First responders in the Northeast Arkansas area had the opportunity to enhance their skills with assisting farm accident victims during a two-day training session Saturday and Sunday at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport.

The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education at Arkansas State University, in partnership with McNeil and Company and Black River Technical College, presented the course at BRTC's training site, located in Walnut Ridge. The course, called Farmedic, was funded by Agricultural Safety Healthy America at no cost to the participants.

Taylor retires after 36 years of service

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Taylor, 913th Airlift Group, Air Force Reserve, of Hoxie retired on June 11 after more than 36 years of military service.

During a retirement ceremony, Taylor, who served under six different presidential administrations, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for the performance of outstanding service. His family was recognized for their long and continued support throughout his military career.

With chairs set up for 200, the room was full with guests standing in the back, as well.

Municipal filing period begins Friday

The filing period for the municipal election of alderman positions will begin Friday at noon and continue until Aug. 19 at noon. Petitions can be picked up at County Clerk Tina Stowers' office.

Candidates must file a petition to be on the ballot. Signatures must be from registered voters in the candidate's municipality. If the city is divided into wards, the signatures must come from registered voters within the candidate's ward.

In incorporated towns, 10 signatures are required, and in first- and second-class cities candidates must gather 30 signatures.

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