December 28, 2016 Edition

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Airport working toward
getting parcels released

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission received an update from Mayor Charles Snapp on two parcels of land in process of being released by the Federal Aviation Administration for non-aeronautical use.

One parcel is the site of Custom Plating and the documents required are being turned into FAA, according to Snapp. The other parcel has been approved to release upon its sale to a non-aeronautical industry.

Snapp confirmed that there are two local industries that have expressed interest in the open land, however the water system will have to be upgraded to meet requirements for fire suppression.

Rotary will open Sports Hall of Fame

After months of research and planning, the Rotary Club of Lawrence County has announced plans to establish a Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame. The club will be accepting nominations for its first class of inductees from Jan. 1-31.

According to the detailed guidelines for the program, categories for nominations will include: high school athlete, team coach, friend of sports, college athlete and pro-athlete. To be nominated as a high school or college athlete, the individual must be out of school for at least 10 years.

"I think this will really serve this county for a long time," said George Fray, a past president of the club. "We've been looking for a project to make the county a better place and one that everyone, the whole county, can take pride in," he added.

Top stories of 2016 reviewed, part one

The following is the first installment of a compilation of some of Lawrence County's top stories of 2016. The remainder of the year's top stories will appear in next week's TD.

ATF Martial Arts Founder Fred Weeks of Walnut Ridge retired from active participation after more than 47 years of martial arts training and instruction. He oversaw his final testing on Jan. 5.

The community of Hoxie received the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission's Humanity Award at the Mega King Fest held Jan. 18 in Little Rock.

Accident results in three deaths

A two-vehicle accident north of Sedgwick at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 resulted in three fatalities according to a preliminary fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

Several agencies responded to the scene and the highway was shut down for a period of time after the cars erupted into flames.

According to the report, a 2004 Chevrolet was traveling northbound on Highway 63 when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2016 Dodge head on in the southbound lane.

Fire destroys home the day after Christmas

Losing one's home is a tragedy no matter what, but for Dennis and Belinda Maple of the Coffman community it was magnified when their home was destroyed by fire the day after Christmas.

Dennis had left early Monday morning to go hunting. A short while later Belinda heard a crackling sound and realized the front of their home was on fire.

"I think it must have started on the front porch," Belinda said. "I heard crackling and saw fire rushing by the front door."

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