October 18, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie City Councilman Larry Couch looks over the Hoxie Fire Department's new fire engine, which will aide in achieving the department's goal ISO rating of 3. The department is scheduled to be evaluated on its ISO rating in November.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Hoxie council discusses
water rate increase

At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Hoxie City Council discussed the rate increase to be implemented by the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority in December. The increase will require a water rate increase for Hoxie residents to offset the city's expense.

The rate the city pays for water will go up approximately eight percent. The council looked at a range of increase for residents and agreed that an 18 percent increase, from $7 per thousand gallons to $8.25 per thousand, would not only offset the authority's increase but would also provide additional funds for repairs.

Mayor Lanny Tinker said while the water fund balance has improved, it is not enough to cover a major break in a water main.

Powhatan receives grant for community center

The City of Powhatan recently received a $73,504 grant to renovate the Powhatan Community Center.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $947,407 to 14 rural communities, including Powhatan. The cities were selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018.

The grant awards were distributed Oct. 10 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor's Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Harvest Fest is Oct. 25 at WBC

Harvest Fest will take place Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Williams Baptist College.

The annual event is a popular festival for local children and church groups, with Williams students operating the games and activities. There will also be a costume contest for different age categories.

Harvest Fest will be in WBC's Southerland-Mabee Center from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free, and tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the door with money or with a donation of canned goods.

NEA Game Fest raises $2,700 for shelter

The inaugural NEA Game Fest was held Friday and Saturday at the Kenneth Quarry Service Center in Hoxie. The fundraiser brought in approximately $2,700 for The Children's Shelter.

The event, which featured a variety of tabletop gaming such as board games and role-playing games, was attended by more than 130 people from across Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.

"I was happy to see so many members of our gaming community come out," said Sarah Brown, NEA Game Fest coordinator.

Walmart adds specialized cart

Walmart in Walnut Ridge has added a new specialized cart to help shoppers who are accompanied by children or adults with special needs.

Jennifer Lewis of Walnut Ridge approached Manager Kari Shanks about the carts, known as Caroline's Carts, as she struggled to shop with her three-year-old daughter, Preslee.

Preslee, who was affected by Cytomegalovirus (CMV) while in the womb, has brain damage, bilateral hearing loss, cortical visual impairment, seizure disorder and spastic quad cerebral palsy.

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