February 8, 2016 Edition

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James Ratliff of Imboden (from right) visits with Dr. Darren McVay and Dr. Roger Helms of Gateway Animal Clinic during the 2017 Agri Appreciation Expo, held at the Walnut Ridge Community Center on Friday.

Lawrence County Success
Scholarship launched at WBC

A new scholarship fund at Williams Baptist College will benefit graduates of all four high schools in Lawrence County. The Lawrence County Success Scholarship, which is funded by local donors, will be awarded yearly to four high school graduates, one each from Hillcrest, Hoxie, Sloan-Hendrix and Walnut Ridge schools.

The scholarship is the brainchild of WBC Board Chair J.R. Cox of Walnut Ridge.

"Students from across the country and around the world come to Lawrence County to get a Williams Baptist College education," Cox said. "It is an outstanding college, and we want to make it possible for more of our local students to get such a fine education."

BR increases garbage fees, receives funds

The Black Rock City Council voted at its Jan. 9 meeting to increase garbage pick-up fees to $12 per month for each household in the city.

Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale said this is to help offset an increase in the fees the city pays. The residential fee was previously $10 per month.

In other business, the council passed a resolution to divide money received from closing Lagoon Road and its railroad crossing.

Ragsdale said the decision to close the road was made at the request of the BNSF Railway Co. while they were upgrading the tracks in the area. The city received $50,000 in compensation for the closure.

Attending inauguration fulfills longtime goal

Jake Guenrich, pastor of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge, fulfilled a longtime dream on Jan. 20, when he and his wife, Stephanie, attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20.

President Trump is the 45th U.S. president, and the inauguration ceremony was the 58th to take place.

Jake grew up in North Little Rock, and while a fourth-grader at Victory Baptist School in Sherwood, he was required to write a report on one of the United States presidents. Some of the more popular presidents, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, had already been chosen, so he did his on James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president.

WBC to launch master's program

Williams Baptist College is set to launch its first master's degree program. The liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge has received approval from its accrediting agency to begin offering a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

The Higher Learning Commission gave its final approval this week for Williams to begin the master's program, which will be completely online. Enrollment will begin in March, with classes set to start in May, according to Dr. Brad Baine, WBC's academic dean.

"This approval will allow Williams to provide graduate students the opportunity to enter the teaching profession," Baine said. "An individual that meets the criteria of admission into the Williams MAT program and has completed the Arkansas Department of Education requirements for a provisional teaching license becomes immediately eligible to be hired in a school district."

Imboden looking good in 2017

Imboden Mayor Chris Jones says the city of Imboden is in good shape going into 2017. With some recent commercial development and plans to develop additional housing, Jones said he expects good things to happen for Imboden and all of Lawrence County.

"Big changes are coming in the next five to 10 years," Jones said.

Imboden is already benefiting from a new NAPA Auto Parts recently built, owned and operated by a local family. Jones said there is also an auto repair business planning to open near the NAPA store.

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