March 15, 2017 Edition

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Senior Lady Mustangs Devyn Pollard (#20) and Bekah Kopp (#10) raise the state championship trophy in celebration after Hoxie claimed the Class 3A title in Hot Springs on Friday evening.
Submitted Photo ~ Rachel Goff

Lady Mustangs win state title

The Hoxie Lady Mustangs made history Friday night when they claimed the state title in the Class 3A Basketball Tournament.

A large crowd of supporters were in attendance at the Hot Springs Convention Center as Hoxie defeated Valley Springs, the defending state champions, 51-40.

The team started the state championship game experience with a pep rally and send off on Wednesday.

During the pep rally, team members received gifts from kindergarten students and the Student Council, and Mayor Lanny Tinker read a proclamation he wrote in honor of the Lady Mustangs.

Hoxie committee holds first meeting

The Keep Hoxie Hoxie Committee held its first meeting Thursday night. The committee was formed at the last Hoxie City Council meeting by Mayor Lanny Tinker and its members are Chair Sherry Moore, Kerrie Hancock, Jerry Decker, Milena Smith, Marlyn Tate, Darrell Pickney and Lida Tinker.

With over a dozen Hoxie citizens present, the committee discussed what its purpose is and what they are going to do to assess outcomes that impact Hoxie should it consolidate with Walnut Ridge.

According to the committee's mission statement, it will focus on economic impact, community identity, job loss and other relevant information, which will then be presented to citizens.

Hoxie story recognized at Capitol

The story of the 1955 integration of Hoxie School was showcased on Monday at the Arkansas State Capitol.

An exhibit with information regarding "Hoxie - The First Stand" was on display in the second floor rotunda throughout the day.

State Rep. Fran Cavenaugh's resolution regarding the historic integration, which was the first voluntary K-12 integration, as well as the first to withstand a challenge, was the centerpiece for the day's events.

Position at NEARA to be filled

Lawrence County Historical Society President Lloyd Clark reports that the Department of Heritage has decided to fill the assistant position at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives with a full-time employee.

It was anticipated that the position would be filled with part-time employees, but Clark received word on Friday that the funding for the full-time position had been unfrozen and would be advertised instead of looking for part-time help.

Budget committee meets, county financials reviewed

With a good beginning balance for 2017, the Lawrence County budget committee looked over the financials for the county Thursday afternoon.

While gathered, the committee focused on three areas in the budget.

County personnel policies updated

The Lawrence County Quorum Court approved personnel policy changes for county employees.

County Clerk Tina Stowers said the changes made should eliminate some confusion in vacation and sick leave. While no adjustments were made to the amount of time employees received, the unit of measurement was changed from days to hours.

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