May 3, 2017 Edition

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Looking ahead as floodwaters rise

With Tuesday's sunny skies, it was hard to imagine the steadily rising floodwaters of the Black River. The waters were wreaking havoc on much of east Pocahontas and rising around the areas of Portia, Powhatan and Clover Bend along the river in Lawrence County.

Even with constant updates on TV and social media, it is still difficult to predict the severity or ramifications of all this floodwater on homes, businesses and farmers. The Hoxie and Walnut Ridge area saw some temporary flash flooding early Sunday as the heavy rains had fallen overnight Saturday. However, that water receded fairly quickly.

Pictures of the Past

Cadets fly over the Walnut Ridge Air Field during a graduation ceremony. In just under 21 months, 5,310 students entered training and 4,641 graduated. The first graduation was Dec. 12, 1942, with the last on June 27, 1944. There will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Air Field this weekend, including a free air show on Saturday. (Pictures of the Past is a cooperative effort of The Times Dispatch and the Lawrence County Historical Society. Readers are encouraged to submit historic photos.)
Photo courtesy of the Wings of Honor Museum

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