December 14, 2016 Edition

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ANGEL TREE PROVIDES GIFTS FOR CHILDREN - Steven Day (top, left) with Rent One helps County Clerk Tina Stowers load wrapped packages onto a box truck as one of the county's inmates assists. Rent One provided the truck to transport the gifts for the Angel Tree program to the Lawrence County Meeting Room. Volunteers were sorting the gifts on Tuesday and today, in preparation for distribution to 329 children on Thursday.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

County to establish rules,
fines for shooting range

While the new Lawrence County Shooting Range is operational, there are some additional actions the county needs to take before it is opened to the public.

At Monday night's meeting, quorum court justices discussed establishing rules and fines for violations, which will need to be passed by ordinancE.

Bryce Baldridge with the Lawrence County Extension office provided some guidelines for the rules to Justice Lloyd Clark prior to the meeting. The court voted to send the information to County Attorney Dick Jarboe for review. They hope to have the ordinance ready to vote on at the January meeting.
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Authority raises concerns about adequate housing

The Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority discussed the direction of the board regarding insufficient housing and overall funding at its meeting in Pocahontas on Thursday.

The Intermodal has recently made headway in their search for a director with two new viable applicants. The applicants have not been named, and the board went into executive session at the close of the meeting to discuss the applicants and their qualifications.

"The prospects are looking good for the Intermodal coming into the new year," stated Executive Committee Chair Nick Manatt. "Hopefully we can get together and possibly have a new executive director to guide us throughout this next year."
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Investigators believe fatigue cause of fatal train crash

In a report released on Dec. 6, the National Transportation Safety Board listed fatigue as the leading cause for the 2014 train crash at Hoxie that resulted in the death of two Union Pacific workers.

"The southbound train conductor was likely asleep at the time of the accident due to the variability of his shift start times," the report stated.

It also stated that the train's engineer was also fatigued and likely asleep due to his diagnosed, but inadequately treated, moderate sleep apnea.
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Harper named state 3A Defensive Player of Year

Luke Harper of Walnut Ridge was named the State Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year at the 2016 Farm Bureau Awards Monday night in North Little Rock.

"This is a statewide honor and I don't know of anyone in our area ever winning this," said WRHS Principal Jacob Kersey.

The Farm Bureau Insurance Awards honor Arkansas' top offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year for each classification. The veteran staff at Hooten's Arkansas Football selects three finalists for each category, and those 45 finalists and their families are invited to attend the awards ceremony.
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Accident claims life

An accident at a Lawrence County church resulted in the death of a child on Saturday afternoon, according to Detective Andrew Turner with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies were dispatched, along with medical and fire units, to the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn after a 911 call regarding an eight-year-old boy.

The caller advised the boy had been playing on a large tombstone when it dislodged and fell over on top of him.
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