May 24, 2017 Edition

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Commission OKs
Rails to Trails spur

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission voted to approve a Rails to Trails spur at Monday night's meeting. The spur will connect the trail to the Williams Baptist College and cut through part of airport property.

The spur will utilize about a quarter acre of airport land. While a different route could lessen this, it would delay the project for several months. Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said he was willing to sacrifice the quarter of an acre needed for the project to get it built faster and have a direct bike access to Walnut Ridge for WBC students.

New Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Manager Stacy Hoggard (left) and Airport Commission Chair Don Cavenaugh review some paperwork after the commission meeting Monday night. Hoggard started her new position on May 15, and a meet and greet will be held for her on June 26 at 5 p.m.

Hoggard enjoying time as WR airport manager

Stacy Hoggard of Walnut Ridge never had aspirations to work at an airport; however since she started her job at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport last week, she has been overwhelmed with new information and enjoying every step of the way.

Hoggard said it was actually her sister, Pam Horton, who convinced her to apply for the job. Before then, being an airport manager wasn't even on Hoggard's radar.

However, in many ways it seemed like a perfect fit for the Hoxie native. While living in Pocahontas and other areas for much of her life, she moved back to Walnut Ridge seven years ago and is excited to be the face of Walnut Ridge for those traveling in by plane.

Householder Inspires as activist
for great cancer awareness

For many people, "cancer" is one of the scariest words in the dictionary. If lucky, cancer always remains only a fear and never becomes a reality. However, for some, that one little word comes to life in what can be enormous and devastating ways.

Often, people see cancer as a tragedy but never think it will happen to them. Walnut Ridge Middle School teacher Deana Householder had no idea what was coming her way when she went the day after school was over to get her mammogram appointment out of the way before the start of summer.

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