September 14, 2016 Edition

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GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW JAIL - Sheriff Jeff Yates (center), along with Jail Administrator Debbie Burleson and Chief Deputy Tony Waldrupe were among those who helped break ground for the new Lawrence County jail in Walnut Ridge on Friday morning. Construction began Monday on the new facility, which is being funded through a sales tax approved by voters in November of last year.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

County work continues
as judge recovers

Justice Alex Latham as chairman called Monday night's Lawrence County Quorum Court meeting to order in Judge Dale Freeman's absence.

Ann Pulliam with the county judge's office was also in attendance. During the meeting, justices approved Freeman's appointment for Pulliam to act on his behalf while he is in recovery following a car accident on Aug. 10 in which he sustained serious injuries. A formal resolution will be brought before the court at the next meeting.

Justices voted to increase Pulliam's salary to $500 weekly until the judge returns. Pulliam's salary will be considered again when preparing the 2017 budget.

Beatles at the Ridge is this weekend

Final preparations are being made for this weekend's Beatles at the Ridge festival, set for Friday and Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge.

Event organizer and Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said the festival is a rain or shine event.

"We are hoping if it rains it will be intermittent and we will get to enjoy all the bands," he said.

Thumperthon raises $9,000 for animal shelters

Thanks to the participants and sponsors of the Cavenaugh Thumperthon 5K, the NEA Humane Society in Jonesboro and Jumpstart Animal Shelter in Walnut Ridge will split approximately $9,000 in proceeds.

The sixth annual Cavenaugh Thumperthon 5K was held Saturday morning at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. Despite a slight chance of showers, warm temperatures and sunny skies greeted dogs and their owners.

Wading pools provided both drinking water and relief from the heat for dogs participating in the 5K as well as those brought by the Humane Society and Jumpstart shelter for adoption.

School election is Tuesday

Polls will be open on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for voters in the Hoxie, Lawrence County and Sloan-Hendrix school districts to cast ballots for school board races.

Early voting will continue through Monday in the Lawrence County Clerk's Office.

Voters in the Hoxie School District will decide between incumbent Jeff Worlow, Dennis Coggins and Sherry Moore.

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