June 28, 2017 Edition

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Stacy Hoggard (from right) visits with Alex and Lynda Latham at a meet and greet held in her honor Monday night at the Walnut Ridge Regional Airport. Hoggard has been serving as the airport's manager for six weeks.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Hoggard reports on first
six weeks at WR airport

New Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Manager Stacy Hoggard has settled into her new position. With six weeks under her belt, Hoggard has enjoyed seeing the different aircraft and attending many events while representing the airport.

At Monday night's commission meeting, she said her goal is to find ways to get people to visit the airport and treat them with hospitality so they will come back.

Hoggard said she is looking into becoming a member of the Wings Safety Program, which would allow some training to be provided at the airport, bringing in more pilots.
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Scott Cemetery on National Register of Historic Places

Scott Cemetery near Walnut Ridge in Lawrence County is among 11 Arkansas properties that were recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country's official list of historically significant properties.

Scott Cemetery, located one-half mile south of the junction of Highways 412 and 91, contains burials dating to 1910.

The cemetery is noteworthy "for its association with the ethnic heritage (burial customs) of the African-American community of Walnut Ridge, Hoxie and the surrounding portions of Lawrence County from 1920s to the present, as well as its association with the efforts of African-Americans to construct institutions during the period of Jim Crow in the state," according to the National Register nomination. "The cemetery serves as the final resting place for at least seven former slaves, as well as local leaders in the African-American community."
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A-State students soak up culinary culture in Italy

Anna Bland and Madison Cox, both Walnut Ridge graduates and current students at Arkansas State University, recently returned from a two-week culinary tour of Italy.

The pair traveled alongside 38 other students and faculty of the university. The trip was the culminating experience of a semester-long class about the Italian slow food movement. The trip was the largest study abroad excursion in A-State's history.

Entitled "A Taste of Italy," the tour included visits to Milan, Bra, Turin, Torino, the Alba region, Parma, Florence, San Miniato, Lucca, Montecatini, Bologna, Rome and the Vatican City.
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