January 25, 2017 Edition

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Builders add concrete blocks to a wall on the backside of the future Lawrence County Jail, which is now taking shape in Walnut Ridge.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Walls rising on new LawCo. Jail

Exterior walls are now rising on the construction site for the new Lawrence County Jail. Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc., of Cordova, Tenn., a part of SouthBuild Team of Tennessee, is contractor for the project. SouthBuild focuses on building rural detention facilities.

A tentative completion date was set for January 2018.

The jail is being built on county-owned land, the former Sloan Gin property, in Southwest Walnut Ridge and near the courthouse. Construction began Sept. 12.

The total cost to build the new jail was previously estimated to be $8.3 to $8.4 million.

Cuts hit NEARA facility

Upon attending a meeting of the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives in Little Rock, Lawrence County Justice Lloyd Clark confirmed that the Department of Arkansas Heritage appears to have no intention of filling a vacant position left by Lisa Perry at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan.

Clark said the cited cause for keeping the facility to a single employee is a job freeze. "This is just a ploy to reduce usage numbers so they can close it at a future date," Clark said.

Realistically, an archive facility should have at least two to three employees as those utilizing the facility are not supposed to be left alone with the documents.

Davis family has long history
in WR business world

While the family business may have changed, the principles that make a good businessman remain the same, according to Dirk Davis, owner of Davis Chiropractic in Walnut Ridge.

Dirk, who can recount many stories from the time his family owned a very successful Piggly Wiggly store in Walnut Ridge, now has the opportunity to work with his daughter Scout, who is serving as office manager at Davis Chiropractic.

"A lot of the lessons I learned working at the grocery store for my grandfather have really stood the test of time," Dirk said.

He said while some things have changed through the years, and he is now in a different kind of business, the basics are the same.

Ag Expo is Feb. 3

The Lawrence and Randolph County Chambers of Commerce, in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, will host the annual Agri Appreciation Expo on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Walnut Ridge Community Center.

A free catfish lunch will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.

The event recognizes the importance of agriculture in the area. Booths featuring a variety of farm products and services will be set up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mel Fender's cinnamon rolls will be served to kick off the day, followed by seminars throughout the day.

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