July 19, 2017 Edition

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RUN FOR THE FALLEN - The Arkansas Run for the Fallen Traveling Memorial is on display through Saturday at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. The memorial features a grid of some 142 U.S. Flags and signposts with names, photos and biographies for each of the Arkansas members of the military who have lost their lives since Sept. 11, 2001. Among those viewing the memorial at dusk Monday evening were Jon and Hillary Anderson and their sons, Reid, age four, and Eli, age seven, of Walnut Ridge.
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Front St. property
lawsuit to be filed

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to allow City Attorney Nancy Hall to file a lawsuit for the abatement of property located at 108 Front Street.

The property, owned by J.R. Rogers, has collapsed in the back and the front is showing cracks and signs of leaning that indicate collapse is imminent. Hall said in her opinion there is no structure in Walnut Ridge that better represents the definition of dilapidated.

A study conducted on May 17 supports concerns that have been surrounding the building for years. In early July, Mayor Charles Snapp received the report on the building and sent information to the council about the threat of the building. Notice of consideration of condemnation was posted on the building and served to Rogers.
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Jones gets down to business on Game & Fish Commission

Since Tuesday of last week, when Stan Jones of Clover Bend was appointed to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, he has hit the ground running.

The day after Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the appointment, Jones began orientation. He was scheduled to finish it on Monday. His first meetings with the commission were scheduled to begin today and continue on Thursday. Jones said the AG&F Commission has meetings each month.

Regarding the appointment, Jones said, "I'm humbled and honored, as well."
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Hoxie aldermen discuss projects

The Hoxie City Council met July 11. At the meeting, discussions were held on the following:

The clean up ordinance is working well with local property owners, according to Mayor Lanny Tinker. There are some additional procedures with out-of-state property owners that tend to yield extra expenses. Tinker said it is part of the process.

The Commerce Street development has the lining and gravel laid in preparation for the new road. Tinker said the city will install a circle at the end of the road to allow trucks adequate room to turn around.
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Gibbens honored for 50 years of service at WBC

Professor Jerry Gibbens was recently honored for a rare milestone: 50 years of service at Williams Baptist College.

Gibbens was recognized during WBC's spring commencement ceremony for completing a half-century at the institution.

While Gibbens received a medallion to commemorate his service, WBC President Dr. Tom Jones also revealed at graduation that the commons area in the college's Maddox Center is to be named Gibbens Atrium beginning in the fall.
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Two from WR killed in train, car accident

An accident on July 11 in Craighead County resulted in the death of two Walnut Ridge residents, according to reports released by the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

Bill Rush, 81, and Mary Jeannette Rush, 73, were killed when their vehicle collided with a train on Craighead Road 398, near Bono.
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