May 17, 2017 Edition

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WALNUT RIDGE LANDMARK LEVELED - Mayor Charles Snapp watches as the former Davy Crockett Restaurant and Red Carpet Room are demolished Friday morning on U.S. Hwy. 67 B. The restaurant and event room, operated for many years by his family, later became the lodge for Snapp's HammerTime Guide Service. "A lifetime of memories going down," stated Snapp's Facebook post. Snapp said he and his family intend the demolition to make way for future business development.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Hoxie moves forward
in condemnation effort

The Hoxie City Council voted to move forward on the condemnation of five properties at its May 9 meeting.

The properties being condemned are 1310 Southwest Maple, 1029 Southeast Third, 605 Cotter, 208 Edgar and 210 Southwest Lawrence. Fire Chief Chris Ditto said a couple of these properties are high priority due to safety risks.

The city council continued its efforts to clean up Hoxie by approving a list of equipment, several of which haven't been used in years, to auction off through sealed bids.

WR council discusses drainage

A discussion on continued issues with drainage in Walnut Ridge was held at Monday night's city council meeting.

The conversation started after citizen Sherri Thomas spoke concerns that new construction is being built up high leaving older properties on lower ground to receive more water.

While the new construction in the area mentioned by Thomas is not expected to increase flooding for other residents, there is still much work needed there to improve drainage.

Community aids in flood relief

Flooding during recent weeks has devastated parts of Northeast Arkansas. Waters continued to rise, breaking record highs as the days passed. Many communities were not prepared for the amount of destruction that would plague citizens.

Fortunately, many area residents, businesses and churches decided to band together in order to provide temporary flood relief. Numerous volunteers worked closely with the Walnut Ridge Fire Department to set up a shelter for anyone displaced from their home due to flooding.

Portia Picnic is next week

The 112th annual Portia Picnic will kick off Tuesday. The event, which was traditionally held around the July 4 holiday, is now held near the Memorial Day holiday.

Tuesday will be $1.50 ride night with armband nights planned the remainder of the week through Saturday, May 27. Armbands are $15 in advance at Portia City Hall or $20 on the carnival grounds.

Miller's Spectacular Shows will provide the midway.

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