December 27, 2017 Edition

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Commission conducts business

The Walnut Ridge Regional Airport Commission met on Dec. 19 for its regular meeting, which was rescheduled to not conflict with the holiday. During the meeting, the commission:

received confirmation that the former Country Club building will be demolished and cleaned by Hickman Excavating in January.

approved the 2018 budget as presented.

approved the 2018 property insurance.

approved new leases with American Agviation, Allied AgCat and Laco Manufacturing, all of which hold leases that expire at the end of 2017. continued...

Top Stories of 2017 reviewed, part 1

Hoxie High School athletes joined other community volunteers to fill sandbags at the Walnut Ridge City Shop. The sandbags were for anyone in the county needing them for protection from flooding. Shown are (standing, from left): Michael Eppes, Drake Mounts, Harley Cullins, Josh Ferguson, Chris Wyrick; (kneeling, front) Amos Bonner, Chandler Spradlin and Chase Moore.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

The following is the first installment of a compilation of some of Lawrence County's top stories of 2017. The second half will appear in next week's TD.

As the clocked turned to 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, College City ceased to exist. The vote to consolidate College City and Walnut Ridge was taken at a special election held the previous year.

On Jan. 16, Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp stated he was in favor for a Walnut Ridge and Hoxie consolidation. The two cities eventually formed committees to research a potential consolidation and later in the year concluded that it was not the right time.

Additions enhance Wings of Honor Museum

The Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge recently received two additions that will enhance the museum's ability to educate its visitors.

A cut away R-2800-8 engine was recently obtained through a lease agreement with Mid-Continent Aircraft Corporation in Hayti, Mo., and a 1961 Cessna 172 was donated to the museum for educational purposes.

Engine display

In early October, the Wings of Honor Museum received information from a recent visitor, Earnie Babcock, that he thought the museum might be able to obtain a cut-away aircraft engine from Mid-Continent Aircraft Corporation.

Portia water rates increase

Residents in Portia saw an increase in their water rates on their November bills, according to Mayor Kelly Duckworth.

She said increases in fees from the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority caused the need for the increase.

New rates are $19.75 for the first thousand gallons and $6.75 for every thousand after. Previously, residents paid $16 for the first thousand gallons and $4.70 for every thousand after.

BR water rates set to increase

The Black Rock City Council approved an increase in water and sewer rates at its December meeting, according to Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale.

Ragsdale said it was the first time in 10 years for a sewer increase. Water rates underwent a small increase at the end of 2015 but prior to that had not increased in five years.

The new water rates include a minimum bill of $15.50, which covers up to the first 2,000 gallons. The next 4,000 gallons will be $4 per 1,000 gallons, and any usage over 6,000 gallons will be $2 per 1,000 gallons.

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