January 31, 2018 Edition

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"KICK IT DOWN" - Tommy Raffo (from left), who is beginning his 10th year as head coach of the Arkansas State University Red Wolves Baseball Team, was guest speaker Tuesday for the Rotary Club of Lawrence County. Greeting him are Rotarians George Fray and Glenn Murphy, who introduced Raffo at the meeting. Coach Raffo said the team's mantra this season is "Kick It Down," referring to the team's goal to advance further in post-season play than in year's past.

Ag Expo is Friday

The 2018 Randolph and Lawrence County Agri Appreciation Expo will be held Friday at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

Hosted by the Extension Services and Chambers of Commerce in the two counties, the event will feature a variety of speakers, including opening speaker, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward.

The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature row crop, livestock and horticulture speakers, as well as presentations for high school students.

LMH Foundation honors Staudt

The Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation held its Winter Gala Saturday night at The Studio and honored Bonita Kopp Staudt as the 2017 Special Advocate for her service to the success of Lawrence Health Services.

Lila Floyd, a member of the Lawrence Health Services Board, made the presentation. "The Lawrence Health Services Special Advocate has a long and varied relationship with Lawrence Health Services," stated Floyd.

Her first association with the hospital came when her father, Daniel Kopp Sr., was approached by then administrator, Willard Abbott, about working for the hospital as maintenance supervisor. "Bonnie remembers her father being honored to be asked to take this position and accepted with great pride and humbleness," said Floyd. Not long after, Bonnie's mother, Bonita, joined the workforce in the hospital's housekeeping department.

Hwy. improvements set in LawCo.

The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to a roadway in Lawrence County, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) officials.

The purpose of this project is to resurface 2.1 miles of State Highway 230 near Strawberry between the Sharp County Line and State Highway 117.

Polling site closures to be discussed

The Lawrence County Election Commission has slated two public meetings regarding the possible closing of polling sites in Strawberry and Minturn.

The commissioners will hold a meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Strawberry Community Hall, to discuss the closing of that polling location. All voters who vote in Strawberry are encouraged to attend.

Accident results in fatality

A one-vehicle accident on Saturday, just south of Lynn, resulted in the death of a Strawberry woman, according to the preliminary fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

April Dawn Geurin, 38, was killed when the 2016 Yukon she was driving southbound on Highway 25 left the roadway and struck a ditch and trees.

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