March 8, 2017 Edition

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Public meeting on
consolidation held

The Walnut Ridge Economic Impact Committee held a public information meeting Thursday night in Walnut Ridge to review findings it had made when researching the possible outcome of a Walnut Ridge and Hoxie consolidation.

The committee, made up of members Jon Walter, John Householder, Gail Jones and David Coker, was formed early in 2016 following the push to consolidate College City with Walnut Ridge.

Walter said one question was heard again and again after the College City consolidation. "Why can't we do this with Hoxie and Walnut Ridge?" The committee set out to project the outcomes of a consolidated Hoxie-Walnut Ridge and present the pros and cons for the public.

Stacy Hurst (from left), director of the Arkansas Department of Heritage, visits with State Sen. Blake Johnson, State Rep. Fran Cavenaugh, Lawrence County Historical Society President Lloyd Clark and Powhatan Historic State Park Superintendent Kristyn Watts during a reception at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives on Friday.
Submitted Photo ~ Aaron Andrews

NEARA marks six years at Powhatan facility

The Lawrence County Historical Society and Powhatan Historic State Park hosted a reception on Friday to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives facility.

Lloyd Clark, LCHS president, said the reception was a great success, offering his appreciation to those who provided food and helped organize the event.

Tours were offered of the NEARA facility, and refreshments were served in the park's Powhatan Male and Female Academy, located next door.

Recognition of historic Hoxie integration slated

he historic significance of the 1955 integration of Hoxie Schools will be recognized at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock on Monday.

State Rep. Fran Cavenaugh will present a resolution at 1:30 p.m. on the floor during the legislative session. All who are interested in being a part of the event are welcome.

Cavenaugh said she was honored to run the House Resolution recognizing the integration, which she presented on March 2 with assistance from Ethel Tompkins, the first African-American graduate of Hoxie School.

Two storm systems hit county less than a week

Two separate storm systems, occurring in less than a week, caused damage to trees, power lines and a few structures in Lawrence County.

The first system came early March 1 and downed trees and power lines throughout the county. The second system came early Tuesday, six days later, with less widespread damage, but pinpointed damage to the Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge Airport Industrial Park and in the Black Rock and Smithville areas.

"It could have been much worse in both instances," said County Judge John Thomison. "There were no injuries and that's a blessing," he added.

Thomas earns national title

Demetrius Thomas brought home Williams Baptist College's first ever NAIA national championship at the National Wrestling Championships on Saturday evening in Topeka, Kan. Thomas, who came in as the fifth seed, scored a 10-2 major victory by decision over third-seeded Ceron Francisco.

"I am at a loss for words. Demetrius is exactly what we want in a wrestler and student athlete. I cannot sell him short on how hard of a worker he is. He shows up and works incredibly hard every day. He glorifies God with his actions, and always is the first to encourage and help out his teammates," said head coach Kerry Regner.

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