November 22, 2017 Edition

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Hoxie Fire Chief Chris Ditto (left) points out some of the features of the helicopter piloted by Survival Flight to Alderman Kerrie Hancock during a presentation held at the Nov. 14 meeting.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

Hoxie raises water rates

The Hoxie City Council voted to increase water rates at the Nov. 14 meeting. The increase was necessary to offset an increase being made by the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority in December.

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.
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Chamber hears plans for disaster training facilities

"Be Prepared for Success" was the theme for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held at noon Nov. 15 at The Studio in Walnut Ridge.

Speaker for the banquet was Dr. Deborah Persell, Arkansas State University's director of disaster preparedness and emergency management. Persell is spearheading the effort to develop ASU's disaster training facilities in Walnut Ridge and Imboden.

In September, ASU signed 50-year lease agreements with both cities for land that will be used to build the facilities for disaster preparedness training.
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Angel tree project set in LawCo.

The Lawrence County Angel Tree project will once again help provide Christmas gifts for children in the county this year.

Last year, the project assisted 88 families, providing gifts for 260 children.

Those needing assistance can pick up applications now at the Lawrence County Housing Office, the Lawrence County Clerk's Office or the Lawrence County Department of Human Services. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 6.

Individuals can pick up angels at the Lawrence County Courthouse lobby starting Nov. 30. The last day to pick up angels will be Dec. 8.
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Chamber presents top honors, recognitions

High points during the annual banquet of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce are traditionally the announcements of special award recipients.

Several individuals were honored at this year's Nov. 15 event.

Man of the Year

Jack Allison, longtime owner and operator of the Polar Freeze, was named Man of the Year.

Outside of his time spent in the Air Force, Allison has spent his entire life in Walnut Ridge. An avid supporter of the Wings of Honor Museum, he has served on the City Council, Lawrence Memorial Foundation Board and Airport Commission and is often called upon for input or advice.
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TD to print Santa letters

The Times Dispatch will print letters from children to Santa in the Dec. 20 edition.

To ensure publication in the pre-Christmas edition, children should send their letters by Dec. 8.

The TD would prefer letters composed by children. For parents whose children are too young to write, please try to compose the letters in your children's exact words.
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