January 4, 2017 Edition

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COUNTY, CITY OFFICIALS SWORN IN - New Lawrence County Judge John Thomison (from left) takes the oath of office just after midnight on Jan. 1 at the courthouse, along with Justices of the Peace Lloyd Clark, Alex Latham and newly-elected JPs Ron Ingram and (behind Clark) Heath Davis. Other county and city officials were also sworn in by District Court Judge Adam Weeks.
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WR annexes College City

The New Year brought a lot of changes to Lawrence County, one of the biggest of which is the annexation of College City into Walnut Ridge as voted by the people in a special election held May 10.

As the clock turned to 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, College City ceased to exist with its land, population, assets and liabilities transferring to Walnut Ridge. Aldermen for the newly consolidated Walnut Ridge were also sworn in at midnight and will represent the new wards as previously approved by the council at the June meeting.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the transition has gone smooth thus far.

"We still need to pick up all the records for College City, as well as go through the process of closing out accounts and making sure current accounts have the new mailing address, but other than a few small issues, the process has been relatively smooth," he said. "As the transition is finalized, if any problems arise, we will handle them accordingly."

Top stories of 2016 reviewed, part two

The following is the second installment of a compilation of some of Lawrence County's top stories of 2016. The first half of the year's top stories appeared in last week's TD.

The Walnut Ridge Army Airfield Access Road at College City was one of nine properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Work on the taxiway and ramps at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport's Swindle Field was completed in early summer, and Jerry Chism, director of the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics, was at the airport July 19 to present a check for $495,892.80.

In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated several counties, including Lawrence, as primary national disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, hail, high winds and lightning that occurred starting March 8.

One dead, one injured in BR

A man is dead and a woman injured following what appears to have been a domestic incident near Black Rock on Saturday.

Deputies were called to Lawrence County Road 221 a little after 8 a.m. regarding a female who had been stabbed. According to reports, the caller reported that the suspect had fled the residence and gone into another home on the road.

The female was flown by medical helicopter for treatment of her injuries, and her current condition is not known.

When officers arrived at the home the suspect had fled to, they reported hearing what they believed was a single gun shot. When they entered the residence, they found a male subject deceased inside the home.

Accident victims identified

Two of three individuals who were killed in a Dec. 21 accident have been identified by the Arkansas State Crime lab, according to Tony Waldrupe, chief deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriffs' Department.

The identity of the drivers of the two vehicles, Tammy Jones, 51, of Walnut Ridge and Sam Vance, 63, of Sedgwick, have been confirmed through DNA testing.

Waldrupe said the name of a third victim, a passenger in Vance's vehicle, is still not being released. He said she is believed to be a resident of another state, which has caused a delay in getting the DNA match.

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