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The new Lawrence County Jail is on schedule to be completed this month. Sheriff Jeff Yates said he is expecting to be fully moved in by March.
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County jail on schedule

The new Lawrence County Jail, which began construction in August 2016, is near completion and expected to be in full operation within the first quarter of 2018.

County Judge John Thomison said the entire process has been very smooth and the commissioned firm, the SouthBuild Team, is expected to meet its completion date projection of January 2018. "Everything has been on track," Thomison said.

Sheriff Jeff Yates said once the jail is complete, the moving process will take some time. Prior to moving, Yates said extensive training would be required for jailers to learn how to properly operate the safety features in the new jail.

Extreme cold hits LawCo.

Northeast Arkansas has been bombarded with non-stop freezing temperatures for several days.

Actual temperatures have been in the single digits at several times during the extreme cold, which were made worse by wind chill causing it to feel even colder.

A National Weather Service wind chill advisory was issued for Lawrence County and surrounding areas Tuesday morning. It stated that wind chills of zero to 12 below zero were expected. In those extremes, frostbite can be contracted in as little as 30 minutes if skin is not properly covered.

Hoxie pursues program

The Hoxie City Council authorized Mayor Lanny Tinker to pursue a non-CDL drug testing program through the Arkansas Municipal League at a special meeting held Thursday night.

The council was presented documentation regarding the program at the previous meeting for review. The annual cost would be $587.

Top stories of 2017 reviewed, part 2

The following is the second installment of a compilation of some of Lawrence County's top stories of 2017. The first half was published in last week's TD.

Stan Jones of Clover Bend was appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in July.

The Lawrence County Cooperative School in Portia purchased buildings on the former Black Rock School campus, including the multi-purpose building.

Thomison to run for re-election

County Judge John Thomison has formally announced his bid for re-election in the Democratic Primary on May 22 with the following statement:

"I have worked closely with the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the NEA Intermodal Authority and area business leaders to encourage economic growth and promote all that Lawrence County has to offer. I have also worked very hard to develop relationships with federal and state leaders to help benefit Lawrence County.

Yates seeks re-election

Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Yates has formally announced that he will seek re-election.

Currently in his second term, Yates will be on the 2018 Democratic Primary ballot on May 22.

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