January 10, 2018 Edition

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Aaron Andrews (left), chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board for 2018, talks with Chamber Director Lesa Walter before the first board meeting of the year on Jan. 3.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Andrews begins term
as Chamber chair

Aaron Andrews, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Williams Baptist College, will serve as chair of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Board this year.

Andrews moved to Walnut Ridge in 2003 to work for the college, which will officially become Williams Baptist University later this year.

A native of Hannibal, Mo., he previously worked at UPS in Kansas City, Kans., for two years and for a staffing agency in Hannibal. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal and a master's degree in Christian education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Hoxie seeks feedback on farmer's market

The city of Hoxie has requested feedback from its residents and those in surrounding areas on a possible farmer's market to be located at 800 Southwest Texas during the summer.

Mayor Lanny Tinker said there is already some interest from local vendors, including a food truck that has already made arrangements to sell there. Tinker said the lot has ample space and is located near a couple of Hoxie's flea markets.

County discusses courthouse security

With the moving of the sheriff's office imminent, the Lawrence County Quorum Court is looking at ways to address security concerns in the courthouse due to a lack of on-site officers.

During Monday night's meeting, justices discussed several options to improve security for the courthouse. County Judge John Thomison presented a panic button type system that operates through a phone app. He said this would give them an easy direct link to emergency personnel.

Holder seeks re-election

Becky Holder has formally announced that she will be seeking re-election for a second term as Lawrence County assessor.

Holder began her first term in 2016, but has been with the assessor's office for 32 years.

"I have enjoyed serving as your assessor, and I hope you will continue to let me do so.

Harris seeks re-election

Lawrence County Tax Collector Stephanie Harris has formally announced that she will seek re-election in the primary election on May 22.

Harris is currently in her seventh term as tax collector. She started in the office as a deputy collector in September 1998.

"I have enjoyed working with the public for the past 19 years and hope that the public will continue to let me do so," Harris said.

Clements among those honored on parade float

Kipton Clements, son of Casey and Justin Clements of Walnut Ridge, was among those remembered as part of the Donate Life float in the Pasadena Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

Kipton, who was born Dec. 30, 2013, was a heart valve donor in 2014. He passed away on Jan. 8, 2014, at Arkansas Children's Hospital, but was able to give the gift of life to another.

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