August 16, 2017 Edition

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Progress made on
Commerce Street

The Hoxie City Council received an update on the Commerce Street development from Mayor Lanny Tinker at the Aug. 8 meeting.

Tinker said there is a balance of about $230,000 in the reuse fund. Still to come out of that is $44,000 to pay outstanding bills and advertise the property.

He went on to explain there have been a couple of unforeseen expenses, one of which is adding mesh to a sloped ditch to prevent collapse. Another additional expense may come if it is required for the power lines to be run partially underground. Tinker said the original route planned will not be usable but he's not sure what the new route will require.

Marti Little assists students in her second- and third-grade class at Imboden Area Charter School as they explore outside with magnifying glasses as part of their science class on Monday. Monday was the first day of school for all Lawrence County students.
Submitted Photo ~ Mike McLeod

County sees small increase in enrollment

First-day enrollment totals for Lawrence County showed a slight increase over last year, increasing from 2,921 in 2016 to 2,938 in 2017.

Hillcrest School District and Imboden Area Charter School both showed increases in enrollment. Hillcrest took the biggest leap, going from 403 students on the first day in 2016 to 425 students this year. IACS increased one student from 63 in 2016 to 64 in 2017.

First-day figures for Hoxie School District mirrored those of last year coming in at 826 students, the same as the total from 2016.

Justices table employee raises

At Monday night's quorum court meeting, justices were presented information on a three percent raise to be paid retroactively from the first of the year to all Lawrence County employees, not including elected officials.

Justice Donald Richey moved to table the raises until the next meeting. He said it wasn't on the agenda and the figures weren't presented early enough for the court to review properly.

The court voted 7-2 to table the employee raises. Justice Lloyd Clark pointed out that tabling the vote wouldn't change anything as the raises are set up to be retroactive anyway.

Lady wins TD photo contest

Susan Lady of Walnut Ridge is the overall winner in The Times Dispatch's 2017 Summertime Photo Contest. She also took first place in the Summer Rides category.

Second place in Summer Rides went to Shana Maxie of Hoxie, and third place went to Derek Lawson of Bono.

This year's contest was judged by Jonesboro Sun photographer Staci Vandagriff. All winning photos are featured in a special section in this edition.

Other winners were as follows:

Event raises $30,000 for Children's Shelter

Approximately 190 people from Northeast Arkansas came out to attend The Children's Shelter Summer Gala on Thursday night at The Studio in Walnut Ridge. The gala raised approximately $30,000, reported Fran Cavenaugh of the event committee.

"I want to thank everyone for coming out to support the shelter and raise money," Cavenaugh said. She also thanked those who donated auction items.

With state funding cut back, these fundraisers for the shelter are even more vital, she added.

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