May 3, 2017 Edition

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Heavy rains saturate county,
more flash flooding possible

Heavy rain falling Saturday night on an already wet Lawrence County caused several areas to flood, with additional flooding occurring as water traveled southbound along waterways across the county.

Flooding is expected to continue as the Black River at Pocahontas is anticipated to crest higher than the levee and more rain is forecast for this afternoon and evening.

County Judge John Thomison said he anticipates the Running Water Basin to receive the brunt of the water that comes over the levee.

Russells' effort puts memento in
the hands of serviceman's family

Redda Russell (from left) of Hoxie returned a special flag to the family of the late Tech Sgt. Robert McGuiggan. The family includes his brother, Jerry McGuiggan; his mother, Joyce McGuiggan, who is holding the returned flag; and his sister, Tami Fason. Redda also presented a U.S. Flag from her family to the McGuiggan family.
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Due to the kindness and efforts of one Hoxie family, a very special memento has been given to its rightful owners. The memento, a U.S. Flag, honored the military service of the late Tech Sgt. Robert McGuiggan.

The flag somehow made it's way from Austin, Texas, to Walnut Ridge and then to Hot Springs on April 26, when it was presented to the McGuiggan family. The presentation, which included McGuiggan's mother and his siblings, took place at the Garland County Courthouse in Hot Springs.

Redda Russell of Hoxie explained that a friend had posted a photo of the framed U.S. Flag with a plaque inscribed for McGuiggan. The friend wrote "mad or sad" describing her feelings of seeing such a special object for sale at a flea market.

Air show on schedule for Saturday

Seventy-five years ago what would become the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport was flooded with personnel as an air field was established to train pilots for World War II.

A different kind of flood is happening this year, as floodwaters rise near the airport, but organizers said all events planned for this weekend are still on schedule.

"We are hopeful that floodwaters will recede and not prevent anyone from being able to attend," Dina Rose, air show committee member, said. "We encourage everyone to watch the Wings of Honor Facebook page for any changes related to the flooding situation."

Kiwanis pancake breakfast slated

The Walnut Ridge Kiwanis Club will host the "Keith Brand Memorial Pancake Breakfast" on Saturday at the Van Ellis Cafeteria on the Walnut Ridge School campus.

The event will be held from 6:30 until 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 each, and children six and under can eat free.

The Walnut Ridge High School Key Club is assisting the Kiwanis Club, and tickets can be purchased from members of either organization or at the door. Tickets are also available at Iberiabank in Walnut Ridge.

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