July 5, 2017 Edition

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Mike Miller (left) speaks with Don Cavenaugh prior to the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce quarterly meeting Thursday at the Lawrence County Meeting Room in Walnut Ridge.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Cavenaugh gives legislative
update at Chamber meeting

Many attended the Lawrence County Chamber Quarterly Meeting, which featured State Rep. Fran Cavenaugh who shared about the 2017 General Session.

Cavenaugh spent much of her presentation on the Arkansas education system. She said that one of the hardest statistics she's had to face was that 73 percent of Arkansas children are not reading at grade level.

Not only does this cause children to struggle in school to the point where many do not graduate, but it also makes it harder to achieve higher education or get into job training. Cavenaugh said there are studies showing that many children who struggle with education later end up in the jail system.

SBA to provide disaster relief assistance in LawCo.

Low-interest federal loans are now available to Arkansas businesses and residents through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a result of President Trump's June 15 major disaster declaration.

The declaration covers Lawrence, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Clay, Faulkner, Fulton, Jackson, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Washington and Yell as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes, winds and flooding that occurred April 26 to May 19.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.

WR Alderman resigns

Walnut Ridge Alderman Allen Smith turned in his letter of resignation last week.

Smith has served on the Walnut Ridge City Council for 30 months and said he struggled with the decision to leave.

"I feel very fortunate to have served that time with some of the finest persons on the past, and present councils, and all of the other persons who help make the city operate efficiently and effectively," Smith wrote in his letter.

Ashley George photographs 2017 Miss Arkansas pageant

Local photographer Ashley George has been in the photography business for nearly 13 years. Her local business, Creative Touch Photography, captures everything from weddings to families to sporting events.

George began taking photos and discovering her passion for photography as a Walnut Ridge High School art student in Mrs. Ginger Bibb's class. She opened her own business in August of 2004.

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