May 31, 2017 Edition

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Lawrence County Judge John Thomison and wife Rita (center) accept a $40,000 unpaved roads grant on behalf of the county. Also on hand for the presentation were (from left): Claude Graves with the Rural Development Commission, Emily Hathcock with the East Arkansas Planning and Development District, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director Mike Preston, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Lynn Hawkins with the Rural Development Commission.

County receives $40,000 grant

Lawrence County has been selected to receive a $40,000 unpaved roads grant. County Judge John Thomison and his wife, Rita, traveled to Hot Springs last week to accept the grant on behalf of the county.

The Unpaved Roads Program is designed to create a better unpaved county road system in Arkansas with a reduced negative environmental impact on priority water resources.

The program focuses on management practices to reduce the impact of sediment and road runoff to streams, rivers and drinking water supplies, while also reducing long-term unpaved county road maintenance costs.

Lawrence County declared disaster area after flooding

Lawrence County is among 23 Arkansas counties that has officially been declared a disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to damaging floods of April and May.

Twenty-three other counties in the state have also been named contiguous disaster areas, meaning they, too, are eligible for federal assistance.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited Arkansas earlier this month, flying over flooded areas along the Spring River and Black River, as well as the White River in central Arkansas.

Massey returns from semester in Northern Ireland

In recent years, studying abroad has become an increasingly popular add-on to the college experience for many students. Most recently, Hannah Massey, a 2014 Walnut Ridge High School graduate, embarked on a semester abroad in Northern Ireland.

In mid-January, Hannah traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to the college campus of Ulster University in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, which would be her home for the following four months. The culture shock began almost immediately, as her four apartment roommates came from different parts the world.

Alcohol permit granted for new WR restaurant

A restaurant slated to open in downtown Walnut Ridge has received approval for a private club permit to serve alcohol.

Harold T. Callahan filed an application for The Citizen's Vault Restaurant, to be located at 209 West Main Street. The request was approved on May 17 by the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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