December 20, 2017 Edition

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Walnut Ridge to consider
sales tax increase

With the deadline to fund a new sewer treatment plant fast approaching, Walnut Ridge Alderman Steven Benesch gave a report at Monday night's city council meeting on ways the sewer upgrade committee is looking to finance the plant.

In an effort to avoid increasing water bills, Benesch said the committee has looked into putting a half-cent sales tax on the ballot, which would cover the building and maintenance of the plant.

Additionally, the committee discussed putting a second half-cent sales tax to vote that would be used to fund services being paid through the water bill, such as mosquito control and trash collection, and would lower monthly water bills by $13.50. Anything collected beyond what it takes to cover the mosquito and trash fees would be put into a fund for street overlay.

Brothers Ashley Eagan (left) and Richard Eagan show the new expansion to their manufacturing plant in Black Rock. The entire addition of 310 X 100 feet, includes large covered outside areas on both ends, as well as additional parking and loading areas.

Eagan Manufacturing expands in 2017

During the past year, Eagan Manufacturing, Inc. in Black Rock has completed an expansion of its facilities by an additional 25 to 30 percent. The expansion allows for a more spacious working environment for its employees, who generally total 70 during the year.

Eagan Manufacturing is a leading supplier of doors and windows, primarily in the southeastern United States. A major focus of the company's business in more recent years has been the poultry industry.

Eagan Manufacturing was started in 1985 by Jackie Eagan, along with his wife, Sallye, and his brother, Buford, who were the first full-time employees. It originated as a portable building manufacturing business.

Hoxie VFD waives dues for equipment

The Hoxie Volunteer Fire Department has agreed to waive their monthly dues paid to compensate them for runs they make. Several members of the department sat in on the Dec. 12 city council meeting to express their desire to see the dues instead be put toward acquiring a service truck for the department.

Fire Chief Chris Ditto said this was something the volunteers came to him about when they learned of the need of a service truck to improve the department's ISO rating.

The council showed their support for the department to move forward in search of a truck within its budget.

Gillham hired as new Hoxie superintendent

The Hoxie School Board voted unanimously to hire current High School Principal Kelly Gillham as superintendent during a special meeting on Dec. 13.

Supt. Radius Baker announced earlier this year, that he plans to retire at the end of the current school year.

Gillham, who is in her fifth year as high school principal, said making the transition to superintendent just seemed like the right decision.

"This feels like a natural next step and transition for me," she said. "I have loved this district from my very first day. It has been my home for five years and has become home for my family."

One dead in shooting

A fatal shooting on Friday resulted in one arrest for murder in the second degree, according to Jamie White with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

White said a 911 call was received from a residence on Highway 91 in reference to a dispute between the homeowner and a roommate.

"Deputies were dispatched and while in route received a second call stating that a female had been shot and the shooter was still armed inside the residence," White said.

Tractor accident claims life

A tractor accident on Saturday claimed the life of a Black Rock man. C.V. McCarroll, 79, was pronounced dead by the coroner at the scene.

According to reports, McCarroll was found Sunday morning around 9 a.m. by a family member. The tractor he was driving had apparently flipped on top of him some time on Saturday.

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