January 24, 2017 Edition

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PANTRY OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OTHERS - Abby Staples (kneeling), 10, and her eight-year-old brother, Wesley Staples, place items in the Little Free Pantry, located on the parking lot near Moni's Grill and First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. The community effort provides a place for residents to leave items for those who are in need or to pick up items, if needed.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Commission hears
plans for restaurant

The Walnut Ridge Airport Commission discussed several lease issues at its meeting Monday night, including the potential of a new lease regarding the building currently occupied by Parachute Inn.

Commissioners approved drawing up a lease for Seth Hardage who has presented a plan to expand and renovate the building for an upscale restaurant.

Commissioners were also informed that the Laco lease has been signed and that West Machine Shop will be moved out of its leased space by Jan. 31.

Staudt to be honored at Gala

Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation will host its eighth annual Gala on Saturday at The Studio on Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

A highlight of the evening will be recognition of Bonita Staudt of Hoxie as the "2017 Special Advocate." This award is presented to an individual who has been instrumental in the success of the Foundation's work or in serving the medical community through work with Lawrence Health.

The Gala is an opportunity to bring awareness of and appreciation for Lawrence Memorial Hospital and its services and the work they provide in the Lawrence County community.

Ethan Weeks returns to WR to practice law

Ethan Weeks is happy to be back in his hometown and to be establishing his second career as an attorney in the former offices of the late Dick Jarboe and Harry L. Ponder Jr. on Main Street in Walnut Ridge. He is planning to have a grand opening of The Weeks Firm on Feb. 19.

Weeks spent the early years of his career in education, teaching literacy classes and fulfilling various administrative roles in Augusta and at the Cross County School District. While reading a historical court transcript of Abraham Lincoln arguing for an alleged killer, the notion of his becoming a lawyer took root in Ethan's mind.

Combs announces run for treasurer

Robert Combs of Walnut Ridge has announced his intention to run for the office of Lawrence County treasurer.

Combs is completing his fourth term on the Walnut Ridge City Council, where he serves as mayor pro tem and sits on the Police Committee and the Tree City Committee.

He is serving his fifth term as a commissioner on the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence. Combs also serves on the board of the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Mullen to run for treasurer

Connie Mullen of Walnut Ridge has announced her intent to run for Lawrence County Treasurer. Mullen has 14 years serving Lawrence County in the Circuit Clerk's Office.

"I hope the voters give me the opportunity to serve our county in a greater capacity as treasurer," Mullen said.

She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a lifetime resident of Lawrence County.

Jones announces bid for treasurer

Samantha Jones of Walnut Ridge has announced that she will seek the position of Lawrence County Treasurer.

"As your county treasurer, I will do everything within my power to serve the citizens of Lawrence County," Jones said.

"I have approximately 10 years of experience at IBERIABANK, which have allowed me the opportunity to hold management positions and gain wonderful record-keeping skills, along with having great computer skills and the ability to learn quickly."

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