May 10, 2017 Edition

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Air show celebrates 75th
anniversary of air field

Thousands of spectators attended the 75th Anniversary Walnut Ridge Army Air Field Air Show Saturday. The show was presented free of charge thanks to sponsorships from many businesses and individuals.
TD Photos ~ Megan Heyl

The 75th anniversary of the Walnut Ridge Army Air Field was a success with estimates of 4,000 to 5,000 people in attendance for the air show Saturday afternoon.

"We are overwhelmed and gratified that so many turned out to participate in this tribute to a great air field and to help us recognize and honor the service men and women who served during WWII, and those who have served in the years since, to preserve our priceless freedom," said Harold Johnson, Wings of Honor Museum Board President and event coordinator.

The event was made possible by a small team of volunteers, including Dina Rose of Walnut Ridge.

"Our primary goal as a committee was to honor the veterans and military personnel who have served and are serving our country," Rose said.

County continues to work toward improvements

County Judge John Thomison gave reports on multiple improvements the county is working toward on the roads and in the courthouse.

Thomison said the county has been approved for a $40,000 unpaved road grant with in-kind labor matching. He said the check is not in hand, but he is scheduled to go pick it up soon and will give a full report on what roads will be worked on utilizing the funds.

A grant to continue improvements on the courthouse roof has been applied for. The county will receive word on that grant in June. The first of the recent heavy rains revealed some leaks over the laundry facility in the jail portion of the courthouse. Those have since been patched and leaking did not occur in the more recent rains.

WR approves purchase of new
sanitation truck and roller carts

The Walnut Ridge City Council approved the purchases necessary to improve efficiency and prevent abuse of the sanitation pickup.

Mayor Charles Snapp said a sanitation truck with an automated arm and regulation roller carts has been something they have been working toward since 2015.

The automated arm is expected to cut labor hours required for sanitation pickup substantially. This will free up employees to work on other city needs.

Recovery efforts begin for flood of 2017

The flood of spring 2017 will join the ranks of historic floods in recent decades, including the floods of 1982 and 2011. Which of the three is worse might depend on where you live and how it affected you.

Heavy rains, with accumulations of several inches, fell overnight on Saturday, April 29, into Sunday, April 30, in parts of Missouri and Arkansas. After some localized flash flooding, creeks and rivers began to swell. As the Black River rose several feet beyond flood stage, levees began to breach in the Pocahontas area on Tuesday.

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