Prior to the start of the Chamber banquet, Governor Asa Hutchinson (center) visits with Jerry Haynes (left) and Terry Belcher, superintendent of the Lawrence County School District. Haynes, math teacher and club sponsor at WRHS, was named winner of the Chamber's Community Service Award.
With Gov. Asa Hutchinson as the speaker, good food and special recognitions, this year's Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce banquet drew extra excitement and a crowd of some 150 people. The annual banquet was held Thursday at noon in The Studio in downtown Walnut Ridge.
Building Bridges - for economic growth and a community united was the event theme. County Judge Dale Freeman was posthumously awarded the first Building Bridges Award.
Other award recipients included: Man of the Year, Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens; Woman of the Year, Children's Shelter Administrator Tonjia Miles; Community Service Award, Jerry Haynes; Business of the Year, Mel Fender's Chicken Shack Produce; Agriculture Business of the Year, Jason and Beth Gosha's J&B Imboden Feed; and the 2016 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year, Rickey and Virginia Goff and family of Smithville.
Justices approve budget
The Lawrence County Quorum Court set the 2017 county budget at Monday night's meeting. County general appropriations totaled to $3,411,068.45, while the county road fund was set at $1,960,554.96.
Also at the meeting, Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp presented information on American Silica's tax back program request. The refund, which represents a portion of sales tax spent in the county by Silica, is estimated to be upwards of $7,500 and is only given if Silica meets certain requirements. These include 28 jobs at 150 percent of the average payroll compared to the county or state, whichever is lower.
The facility is also projected to generate hundreds of thousands in property taxes. "They are going to be giving us more back than $7,500," Justice Alex Latham said.
Hoxie runoff early voting period slated
Early voting for a runoff election for Hoxie alderman between incumbent Larry Couch and Mary Ditto will begin Tuesday at the Lawrence County Clerk's Office.
Early voting will be conducted during regular office hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week and on Monday, Nov. 28.
The courthouse will be closed on Nov. 24-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The courthouse will also close early on that Wednesday, but the clerk's office will remain open until 4:30 for early voting.
Chamber presents Man/Woman of
Frank Owens, Walnut Ridge Fire Chief, and Tonjia Miles, administrator of The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge, have been named the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Man and Woman of the Year. Jerry Haynes, math teacher and club sponsor at Walnut Ridge High School, was honored with the Chamber's Community Service Award. These and other awards were presented at the annual Chamber banquet held Thursday at noon at The Studio.
Year, Community Service awards
Dina Rose, chair of the Chamber board, announced the awards, while Gretchen Hunt and Brett Cooper made the presentations.
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