August 3, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie head football coach Tom Sears (from left) and Walnut Ridge head football coach Larry Treadway visit with Terry Burnside of U-Save Car and Truck Rental at Thursday's quarterly meeting of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Football is topic at
Chamber meeting

Walnut Ridge and Hoxie's head football coaches were the main speakers at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting on Thursday. The coaches shared about their careers, the upcoming season and a Nov. 3 game when the Mustangs and Bobcats will face off on the football field for the first time since 2007.

A change of classification for Walnut Ridge resulted in the two schools being placed in the same conference and an automatic matchup for the teams.

Sears said the 3A-3 conference was already a tough conference and noted the addition of Walnut Ridge and Newport will not make it any less competitive.
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WR water, sewer public meeting set

The city of Walnut Ridge will hold a public meeting to discuss water and sewer rates Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the courtroom behind the Police Department.

With City Water Works losing in excess of $33,700 in its last fiscal year, and a required paint fee of $100,000 for the water tower at Stewart Park fast approaching, an increase is considered necessary to keep city water and sewer functioning independently.

Water board representatives presented Mayor Charles Snapp with a plan that would only increase the rate of the first 1,000 gallons of water to $10, a $4.10 increase. After the first 1,000 gallons, rates would drop down to $5.90 per 1,000, which is the current rate.
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Bid opening held, progress
toward new jail continues

Another step toward a new Lawrence County Jail was taken on July 27 when contractors, elected officials and representatives of SouthBuild, the firm that is overseeing the construction of the facility, gathered for a bid opening on the project.

The overall project was broken down into more than 20 different bid projects, all of which were opened on July 27. Don Abernathy, construction manager, said they will have to rebid one project that did not receive a bid.

The next step is review of the bid packages to select the winning bidders or rebid if an acceptable bid was not made.
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Coker is new trustee at BRTC

David Coker of Walnut Ridge has been appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to a seven-year term on the Board of Trustees for Black River Technical College.

Coker is president of Coker Insurance in Pocahontas and Paragould and the Lawrence Agency in Walnut Ridge. He currently serves as chairman of the Walnut Ridge Planning Commission, Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company and Arkansas Farmers Union.

He is active on other boards including the Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority, Arkansas Earthquake Authority and the National Farmers Union.
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Delinquent land sale is Aug. 10

A public auction for the sale of tax-delinquent land in Lawrence County will be held at the Lawrence County Library Community Room on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m.

According to Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston, registration will begin at 1:30 p.m.

"Bidding begins at the amount of taxes and fees that are due," said Thurston. "Owners of delinquent parcels should remember that they have only 10 business days to redeem their property if it sells at auction."
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