October 11, 2017 Edition

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A weekend fire of undetermined origin gutted the Walnut Ridge Country Club building. The private club, located near the airport, had closed in April.
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Fire guts country club building

A fire has gutted the Walnut Ridge Country Club building, located near the northeastern edge of the Walnut Ridge Airport's Swindle Field. The club had closed in April, due to financial problems and roof damage due to high winds in March.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp said there is no reason to suspect arson, but neither is there a known cause for the fire. The building was not hooked up to electrical power.

On Tuesday, Fire Chief Frank Owens told Mayor Snapp that the State Police have assigned an agent to investigate the fire.

County prepares budget for 2018

The county is preparing to set its budget for 2018. The budget committee informed the Lawrence County Quorum Court Monday night that they intend to have the budget ready to present to the court at the next regular meeting.

The budget committee is scheduled to meet Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. to review the individual department budgets.

Also at the meeting, justices:

approved a pass through of $9,157.68 to the sheriff's fund. The money represents disaster relief from FEMA.

Gethsemane Baptist dedicates new church building

Gethsemane Baptist Church held a dedication service Saturday afternoon for its new auditorium at 200 Southeast Sixth Street in Walnut Ridge.

Dr. Derek Collins, pastor, said church leaders were in full agreement that a new auditorium was needed. It only took 10 minutes for the leadership to decide they would pursue the project and obtain a loan.

"We didn't build a building just to have a new building, we needed a new building," Collins said, adding that they had run out of space to seat everyone.

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