August 24, 2016 Edition

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WR appropriates money
for fire fee rebates

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to initiate the refunding process of three years worth of fire fees that may be considered an illegal exaction in the court of law.

The fee was removed from the water bill at the last city council meeting after a fax from Mark Rees Law Firm out of Jonesboro requested information regarding what the firm labeled as the Walnut Ridge fire tax.

City Attorney Nancy Hall conducted research and determined that the fee could be an illegal exaction. Even though no ruling has been made, the council authorized Hall and Mayor Charles Snapp to develop a method of offering rebates for the last three years worth of fees, which represent the statute of limitations on this type of case.

A vehicle drives through the flooded Free Street heading toward Walnut Ridge School Friday morning. After days of rain, a heavy storm hit early that morning causing flooding in Lawrence County. Emergency personnel were sent out for traffic control as many roads were under water.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Rains flood, saturate county

Lawrence County has experienced an extremely wet August, and already saturated grounds led to flash flooding on Friday.

Lloyd Clark of Powhatan reported he has received nearly 20 inches of rain at his home this month, seven inches of which fell Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area saw extensive flooding from that storm system, with many yards and roads under water. On Friday morning one lane of a portion of West Main Street in Walnut Ridge had to be closed because it was under water.

Alderman races set

Several races for alderman positions in Black Rock, Hoxie and Walnut Ridge have developed during the municipal filing period, which closed Friday at noon.

In Black Rock, incumbent Vesta Smith will face Gayle Brock for the W1, P1 seat.

Hoxie has four races, including: incumbent Sherry Moore and Wayne Callahan for W1, P1; incumbent Tim Taylor and Tommy Kingsland for W1, P2; incumbent Larry Couch and Mary Ditto and Junita Viola Madden for W2, P1; and incumbent Kerry Hancock and Russell Barber for W2, P2.

WWII veteran returns to WR after 72 years

After a span of 72 years, one of the World War II aviation cadets who trained at the Walnut Ridge Army Air Forces Basic Flying School, returned to the former base for the first time last Wednesday.

Donald A. "Don" Carlson, now 92 years old, lives in Denver. Extraordinary for his age, Carlson was on a solo cross-country automobile trip to visit two of his former B24 crew members. He visited one former crew member in Bessemer, Ala., and the other in Dubach, La., as well as stopping in Walnut Ridge to spend a couple of hours.

For over 10 years, Carlson has been in contact with Harold Johnson, president of the Wings of Honor Museum at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport. The museum pays tribute to the airmen of World War II, such as Carlson.

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