October 25, 2017 Edition

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Steven Ward with Gordon Hickman Excavation and Hauling digs a drainage ditch as part of ongoing improvements at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. Plans are to use the dirt that is removed to develop new biking and hiking trails in the park.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Walnut Ridge to improve park

The city of Walnut Ridge has several improvements lined up for Stewart Park. Council members voted Monday night to transfer $4,000 in unused pool repair funds to the park's general repairs/maintenance fund to aide in these projects.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the funds will help with upgrades needed at the pavilion restrooms. The bathroom interior is scheduled to be refinished using an epoxy to cover the concrete. This process is expected to eliminate odors and make the restroom easier to clean.

Work on the interior is scheduled for Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Portable toilets will be available during this time.

NEARIFA to receive funding from AHTD

The Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority met Thursday in Pocahontas, following a several-month hiatus after a new director was hired, and soon after resigned.

Board Chair Scott Trammell told attendees he had put off the meeting several times waiting to hear from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department regarding some potential funding for the authority.

He presented those in attendance with a copy of a letter from the Arkansas Highway Commission regarding Act 705 of 2017, which designates the distribution of highway revenue interest income. The act calls for $525,000 to be equally distributed to each Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority in the state.

Jones leaving Williams for California position

Dr. Tom Jones, president of Williams Baptist University since 2012, has announced that he will leave Williams later this year for a position in California. Jones has accepted a post on the executive management staff of the California Baptist Foundation.

"It has been my humble honor and privilege to have served as president, and I am gratefully indebted for the wonderful opportunity the Board of Trustees has given me these past five and a half years," Jones said. "During that time, I have been blessed to serve with incredible board members, faculty, staff and denominational leaders who have unfailingly expressed their support for the university."

Foothills Celebration slated in Black Rock

The 15th annual Foothills Celebration will be held in downtown Black Rock Nov. 3-5.

The festival will kick off with the Lady Democrats' ham n bean supper, which will be held in the Black Rock Community Center (school cafeteria) Friday, Nov. 3, from 5-8 p.m. Meals will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Entertainment will include performances by gospel singing groups.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Black Rock Lions Club will host its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser, which will also be held in the community center. Breakfast will be served from 5-10 a.m. and will cost $5 per person.

Opening ceremonies will begin on stage at 10 a.m. with the mayor's welcome, invocation, color guard and the National Anthem. The retiring of the 2016 Mr. and Mrs. Foothills will follow, and then the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Foothills will be introduced and crowned.

Kiwanis Radio Auction set for Saturday morning

The Walnut Ridge Kiwanis Club annual Kiwanis Radio Auction will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Regions Bank. Radio stations KRLW AM 1320 and FM 103.1 will broadcast the live auction.

To bid on items, call 886-7711.

Many local and area businesses and individuals have donated goods or services to be auctioned at the event. A list of most items can be found in an advertisement on page 7B of this edition. Additional items and updates will also be available on the Walnut Ridge Annual Kiwanis Auction Facebook page.

Walnut Ridge High School Key Club members will assist Kiwanis members by answering phones during the auction. KRLW AM 1320 and FM 103.1, Combined Media radio stations, have donated airtime to broadcast the auction.

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