November 29, 2017 Edition

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NEA CHORALE CONCERT SET - Dr. Bob Magee directs the Northeast Arkansas Chorale as they rehearse "We Need A Little Christmas" for their 35th annual Christmas concert set for Saturday night. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Manley Chapel at Williams Baptist College, and admission is $10. Debbie Smith is providing piano accompaniment with Jake Guenrich playing drums.
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WR sewer upgrade
committee established

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp formed a committee at the Nov. 20 City Council meeting to review methods to offset the expense of a new wastewater plant, which is estimated to cost as much as $5 million.

Last year, City Water Works Manager Jon Kopp recommended the council be prepared to build a new plant. He stated that the current one is outdated and has had problems since it became operational in 1994. He added that the treatment used by the current plant is not ideal as it is more costly than other methods.

Based on numbers by Crist Engineers, if the city were to take out a loan for the $5 million and pass the cost of its annual loan payment to the citizens, monthly water bills would go up an average of $8.05.

Former Country Club building to be leveled

The Walnut Ridge Airport Commission approved a bid to return the former country club property to a pre-lease state at its meeting held Nov. 22.

The building, which had been destroyed during a storm and later by a fire, was deemed beyond repair earlier in the year by the commission. A bid by Hickman Excavating of $19,000 was offered due to it being the off season for the company. Snapp said with the circumstances of the bid, he believes legally an exception can be made to forgo the bidding process and get the project started in December.

The commission approved the bid should the exception to the standard bidding process be allowed.

Jumpstart again volunteers labor
to set up Christmas in the Park

Thanks to the volunteer labor of Jumpstart Ministries, Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge is aglow with a multitude of lighted holiday displays for Christmas in the Park.

Christmas in the Park opened Friday night for the benefit of Thanksgiving holiday guests, said Mayor Charles Snapp. Finishing touches, including signage and another lighting display, are expected to be finished this week.

Snapp said Christmas in the Park will be open throughout the holidays, except for this Friday and Saturday, when the park is closed for the Junior Auxiliary's Polar Express in the Park.

Shepherd Care receives donation
of newly renovated front exterior

Shepherd Care in Walnut Ridge, a ministry that helps people in need, has been on the receiving end of much needed help. Through the aid of a good samaritan, the Shepherd Care clothing store at 111 Southeast Front Street has received a newly renovated front exterior.

Dr. Bob Kary manages Shepherd Care for the Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance. He said they had been aware of problems with the front fa├žade for approximately two years.

Kary mentioned the program to David Manning of Hoxie, who works with Vance Construction Solutions LLC, and Manning contacted Eric Woods of Woods Masonry & Repair LLC in Jonesboro who partners with Vance on projects. Woods promptly came and looked over the Shepherd Care building.

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