December 21, 2016 Edition

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District Judge Adam Weeks (from left) swore in Alderman Angie Abbott at Monday night's Walnut Ridge City Council meeting. Aldermen Wendell Jones, Rob Combs and Everett Hart look on as Abbott signs her oath of office.
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WR council fills vacant seat

Following the death of Alderman Daniel Abbott, the council was tasked with filling the vacant seat, including the 2017-18 term Abbott won in the November election.

At Monday night's meeting, Angie Abbott and Trent Kirksey spoke to the council about their plans should they be selected to fill the seat.

Angie, Daniel's wife of 30 years, was appointed by the council following an executive session. Alderman Jon Walter made the motion, which was seconded by Alderman Robert Combs. The motion carried 6-1 with Alderman Jeff Taylor casting the nay vote.

2017 to be crucial year for Hoxie

While the Hoxie city budget still requires some review before it's brought to a vote, it is looking stable, said Mayor Lanny Tinker at the Dec. 13 city council meeting.

Tinker noted that citizens should expect an increase on trash pickup, as the fees the city has to pay will increase, and mosquito control, as spraying will be doubled.

The council will meet Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to vote on the 2017 budget.

Tinker went on to explain that 2017 would be an important year for Hoxie. A few new businesses have recently opened in Hoxie, which will help the city's economy.

Cavenaugh previews outlook for 2017 legislative session

Frances "Fran" Cavenaugh, Walnut Ridge resident and CFO of the Cavenaugh Auto Group, spoke on Thursday to members of the Walnut Ridge Kiwanis Club about the upcoming session of the Arkansas legislature. Running as a Republican, she was elected state representative of District 60 in November.

District 60 includes all of Lawrence County, a third of both Sharp and Randolph counties and a fourth of Greene County.

The Arkansas legislature will convene at the Arkansas State Capitol on Jan. 9, but Cavenaugh has already been spending time in Little Rock for a week-long orientation, as well as time meeting with lobbyists.

LR wedding connects former LawCo. friends

A Dec. 3 wedding in Little Rock brought together several native and former Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County residents in an unplanned, but happy, series of coincidences.

Melissa Moore Yates of Little Rock, mother of the groom, grew up in Lawrence County, and attended Walnut Ridge School, and her father, Harold Moore, taught history at WRHS. Her mother, the late Virginia Moore, taught English at Black Rock High School.

Samuel Yates, son of Melissa and Doug Yates, married Danielle Pugh, daughter of Ricky and Karen Pugh, all of Little Rock.

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