November 30, 2016 Edition

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Mayor Charles Snapp reports some good news for Walnut Ridge. He stated, "Last week we received the sales tax notice for Walnut Ridge for taxes paid to the state through October 23. When compared to 2015 for the same time period, there was an $11,000 increase in the city's one percent and a $4,000 in our portion of the county tax ..."

"The October check would include a full month from Tractor Supply and nine days from Taco Bell. If we can get a few more retail businesses and a hotel, just imagine what could be done for street overlay, drainage improvements and a splash pad, or water park, not to mention, with proper management of the funds, there would be no reason to increase property taxes."

Mayor Snapp also reported that Walnut Ridge has been named #16 in the safest cities in Arkansas. The designation is by SafeWise Report of Salt Lake City in its Nov. 28 release of the "20 Safest Cities in Arkansas." To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2014 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 3,000 people.

Pictures of the Past

In May 1940, with Nazi Germany marching across Europe, the U.S. Army held War Games for three weeks on the Louisiana-Texas border to determine how combat-ready the troops were. After the training had completed, the 61st Coast Artillery anti-aircraft battery camped overnight near the Walnut Ridge School on their way home to Fort Sheridan, Ill. Some of the anti-aircraft equipment is displayed on the school lawn for public view. In all, 1,300 men and 290 vehicles were camped for the night. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of James Whitlow

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