November 23, 2016 Edition

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Hoxie preps for 2017

The city of Hoxie is prepping for 2017 as garbage tipping fees will increase and the council reviews property maintenance requirements.

At the Nov. 15 meeting, Mayor Lanny Tinker shared a letter from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Waste Management District stating that fees will increase by $2 per yard on Jan. 1. While no action was taken at the meeting, Tinker said in preparing the 2017 budget and reviewing figures, the city will have to pass that increase on to the citizens.

The council was presented an ordinance for review that would amend the Hoxie Municipal Code regarding property upkeep. The council will review and make recommendations to improve the city's requirements on issues such as lawn care, general property maintenance and clean-ups.
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Christmas in the Park improved,
expanded in memory of Wallin

Kim Martin (left) and Mark Hanson, representing Jumpstart Ministries, help assemble lighted displays for Christmas in the Park at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. The event is scheduled to open Friday night.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

A city and community effort to raise funds in memory of the late Michael "Button" Wallin has resulted in an improved and expanded Christmas in the Park display at Walnut Ridge's Stewart Park.

The effort has amounted to donations of some $36,500 for all new lights and displays. In addition, the city of Walnut Ridge voted to contribute $10,000 to the project for a total of $46,455.

Kimberly Wallin, Button's daughter, proposed the idea for the effort in memory of her father and because of "the dedication and love that dad had for Walnut Ridge" and his love of Christmas and hanging Christmas lights at the family home, she stated. Button was a former member of the Walnut Ridge City Council and had a special interest in park improvements.
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CASA sets meeting for new volunteers

An informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30, for anyone wishing to learn more about the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program for children in foster care. It will be held at noon in The Venue, located at 117 West Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

Lawrence and Randolph Counties are served by Gateway CASA of the 3rd Judicial District of Arkansas, which also serves Jackson and Sharp Counties.
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Angel tree project slated in LawCo.

The Lawrence County Angel Tree project will once again help provide Christmas gifts for children in the county this year.

Last year, the project provided Christmas gifts for 371 kids, and committee members expect to serve as many or more children this year.
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TD accepting Santa letters

The Times Dispatch will print letters from children to Santa in the Dec. 21 edition.

To ensure publication in the pre-Christmas edition, children should send their letters by Dec. 9.
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