July 12, 2017 Edition

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Court reviews county finances

Justice Junior Briner gave an update at Monday's Quorum Court meeting regarding the state of the county's budget.

He said the budget committee is looking closely at employee compensation. While the committee is uncertain if this will come in the form of raises or bonuses, they are hoping to have some firm figures in August on what the county can do.

Additionally, the county is working with the Arkansas Jail Standards Committee on determining how to finance additional staff that will be required once the new jail is complete.

WR Council to address vacancy, condemnations

The Walnut Ridge City Council will elect a person from ward 1 to fill the unexpired term of former alderman Allen Smith, who resigned at the end of June.

The council will hear from candidates at Monday night's meeting to be held at 6 p.m. at the Walnut Ridge Police Complex.

Those interested in the position should attend Monday's meeting to address any questions from the council and speak about why they should be considered.

Prior to that, Mayor Charles Snapp recommends all those wanting to be considered for the position submit a resume to city hall and obtain a letter from the Lawrence County Clerk's Office verifying that they have been a registered voter in ward 1 for at least 30 days.

Local families engage in 'beyond organic' farming

Dabney Tarkington, age 2, enjoys helping out on the family farm. Dabney is the son of Friedric and Rachel Tarkington and the grandson of Bobby and Karen Shackelford.
Submitted Photo ~ Karen Shackelford

More than 20 years ago, Bobby Shackelford's wife, Karen, began making her own bread at home. A confused Bobby asked his wife why she felt the need to take all the time and effort to make homemade bread when it was simple and cheap to run to the grocery store for a loaf.

Karen told her husband that this bread would be better for them, and it would taste better, too. Bobby shrugged his shoulders and moved on with the day.

After the initial bread-making began, Karen and Bobby both began to see the need to provide healthier, more organic food for their large family. Although she did not know it at the time, Mrs. Shackelford set the early foundation for what would later become Smithville-based business, Praiseworthy Foods.

Two decades down the road, the Shackelford family is engaged in a practice they have coined 'beyond organic' farming. "Organic farming as labeled by the government can still include certain pesticides and chemicals," said Bobby Shackelford. "We use none of that, so our method is what we call 'beyond organic.'"

Filings net one school board race

The one-week filing period for school board positions ended Tuesday at noon with only one race in the county.

Ronald Ingram, incumbent, and Doyne Davis, both of Walnut Ridge, will be in a race for a five-year position on the Lawrence County School District's board.

The unopposed candidates are as follows:

Courtney Sears returns from semester abroad

Courtney Sears, an Arkansas State University student and a 2014 graduate of Hoxie High School, recently returned from a five-month journey abroad in Europe.

Sears studied the Spanish language at the University of Huelva in Huelva, Spain, but also visited numerous other European destinations.

In Spain, Sears visited Moguer, Barcelona, Punta Umbria, Madrid, Cordoba, Cadiz and Seville. She also visited Lisbon, Porto, Fatima and Faro in Portugal as well as the countries of Ireland, England, Morocco, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Brussels and the Netherlands.

Accident results in fatality

A two-vehicle accident near Strawberry on Thursday resulted in the death of a Strawberry resident.

Pleasant Vaulner, 75, was driving a 2005 Chrysler eastbound on Highway 230 when the accident occurred at approximately 3:54 p.m.

Vaulner was attempting to make a left turn into a private drive when the Chrysler was hit in the rear by a 2000 Toyota. No other information was available.

Beatles festival to celebrate 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper album

This year's Beatles at the Ridge Festival, set for Sept. 15-16 in downtown Walnut Ridge, will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper album.

Branson's Liverpool Legends will again headline the music festival, which is free to all to attend. They are scheduled to take the stage on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Other music performances on that Friday evening and Saturday will include: Deadwood Groove, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Jeffrey and the Pacemakers and Riverbilly.

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