March 1, 2017 Edition

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BILL OF RIGHTS EXHIBIT FEATURED - Linda Hembrey looks at a Bill of Rights exhibit on display at the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge. The display, provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council, will be available for viewing at the Walnut Ridge location through March 11 and at the Driftwood Library in Lynn from March 15 through April 1. It was also previously on display at the Bobbie Jean Library in Imboden.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Intermodal looks at
options for future

Following the hiring and soon-after resignation of a new executive director, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority met on Thursday to regroup and look toward the future.

Dr. Eric Turner shared a report from the executive committee saying, "We all agree on the importance of regionalism and the critical role the NEA Intermodal Authority has in economic development."

Board Chair Nick Manatt echoed Turner's words saying he had spoken with all the partners in the organization.

Airport prepares to hire new manager

With an early spring, the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission agreed that it was time to look to fill the vacant airport manager position. The commission had opted to leave the position open through the less busy, winter months.

Commissioners agreed that a thorough job description needed to be written to encompass all aspects of the job. Commission Chair Don Cavenaugh said while the manager first and foremost will be an administrative role, the position also requires some hands on work at the airport.

"This airport is not big enough for a full-time administrator," Cavenaugh said. The job description will include aspects of maintenance and services expected from the manager, including fueling planes. Cavenaugh said he also wants the manager to be part of the community and act as the face of the airport.

Rotary announces firstHall of Fame inductee

The Rotary Club of Lawrence County has completed its selection process for the first class of inductees for the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame. The club begins this week announcing inductees with the first being Walnut Ridge native Sammy Weir.

Weir, who now lives in Cherokee Village with his wife, Peggy, was a standout football player in high school, college and on the professional level.

Weir and other inductees will be honored at a banquet on Saturday night, April 22, at Williams Baptist College. A golf tournament, held in conjunction with the banquet, will be held on Friday, April 21, at Rolling Hills Country Club.

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