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Attendees including (from left) Board Chair J.R. Cox (partially hidden), Lawrence County Chamber Director Lesa Walter, State Rep. Fran Cavenaugh, Jackie Snapp, Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp and Dr. Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, react as Dr. Tom Jones (at podium) reveals that Williams Baptist College will become Williams Baptist University.

WBC to become Williams
Baptist University

There is a new "U" coming to Arkansas. Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge announced Wednesday that, starting next fall, it will be known as Williams Baptist University.

"This is a monumental day in the history of this institution, reflecting a major step forward," said WBC President Dr. Tom Jones. "Williams has provided an outstanding, Christian higher education for the past 76 years, and being known as Williams Baptist University will help us to advance our programs even further."

Jones made the announcement in WBC's Manley Chapel, before students, faculty and staff. Standing alongside him were elected officials, denominational leaders and Williams trustees, as well as WBC cheerleaders.

Hoxie exhibit open at Little Rock

From its founding in the 1880s until 10 years after the end of World War II, the town of Hoxie was an agricultural town, a railroad town and a cotton market town. Its greatest assets were its location, at the junction of two railroads, the fertile farmland around it and its children, served by a school system that was a source of community pride.

In July 1955, however, Hoxie and its schools became objects of national attention. After the local school board moved to end racial segregation, acting on moral, legal and practical considerations, Hoxie became the object of attempts by outside forces to influence its path.

LawCo. collaborates to aid hurricane victims in Texas

Thanks to a Lawrence County effort, the victims of Hurricane Harvey in coastal Texas have received a truckload of basic necessities and supplies to aid in their recovery efforts.

The effort was a collaboration by #Communitystrong, a group that first organized to assist victims of local flooding in the spring, and Jennifer Richey of Lynn, who started Operation Relief. For over three weeks, Lawrence County area citizens donated items for the cause.

AG Mobile Office slated in LawCo.

The Attorney General's Mobile Office will be at the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The mobile offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues in filing consumer complaints and providing information about scams, identity theft, fraud and other protections.

Lease is topic at airport meeting

David Blakeney with Arkansas Turbine Services spoke out at Monday night's Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission meeting. Blakeney said the new lease he has been presented fails to recognize a long-standing agreement between him and the airport.

Under the previous lease, which expired in October 2016, Blakeney agreed to pay extra on his rent to provide funding for improvements on the building. Once improvements were completed, Blakeney would return to his regular rate.

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