DICKENS DRAWS CROWD - Hundreds gathered for the annual Dickens Celebration in Hoxie Thursday night. Attendees enjoyed a production of "A Christmas Carol" as part of the evening's events.
TD Photo ~ Megan Heyl

WBC begins search for president

The presidential search process has begun at Williams Baptist College. Dr. Bob Magee, chair of the presidential search committee, says Williams is now accepting applications and nominations for the seventh president of the institution, which is transitioning to Williams Baptist University.

"We are currently not governed by a set timeline, that is, with a deadline to find a president," said Magee, who is professor of music and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Williams. "We want to proceed with serious candidates and be divinely led until someone's name surfaces."
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Farm Service recognizes Singleton

Larry Singleton, retiring general manager of Farm Service, Inc., was honored Monday when Larry Jones, board chair, presented him with a crystal plaque on behalf of the board. The plaque states, "In appreciation and recognition of your dedication and strong leadership."

Singleton, a native of Marmaduke, has been with Farm Service since 1986. He replaced Robert P. Dixon, who was general manager at the time.

Larry and his wife, Brenda, and youngest son, Jonathan, lived in Walnut Ridge for many years. Jonathan graduated from WRHS in 2003 and lives in Mountain Home with his wife, Jordan.
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Documentaries series receives recognition

Terrence Ward of Walnut Ridge, owner of T. Ward Media, is telling the story of veterans through his Arkansas Valor documentary series, which highlights the service of Arkansas veterans from past and current conflicts.

"The series gives unique perspectives from first-hand accounts of military service; first-hand accounts which you will not find in history books," Ward said.

One of those documentaries, "Arkansas Valor - Raymond Clark," was recently named as a selection for the 2018 Global Film Festival November honorees.
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Angel Tree project serves 293

The Lawrence County Angel Tree project is once again helping provide a merry Christmas to children in the county.

Organizers said 125 families are being served in this year's distribution, including 293 children. Those numbers are down slightly from 2016, when 329 children representing 137 families received gifts.

Rent One in Hoxie provided a truck and two employees to transport donated gifts from the Lawrence County Courthouse to the Lawrence County Meeting Room, where volunteers sorted the gifts in preparation for Thursday's distribution.
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Stowers to seek re-election

County Clerk Tina Stowers has formally announced that she will seek re-election to that position. She is serving in her seventh term.

"I would like to take this opportunity to ask the voters of Lawrence County for their support for my re-election as county clerk," Stowers said. "I have enjoyed working for and serving the people of Lawrence County and look forward to continuing to do so."

Stowers praised her deputy clerks, Candace Owen, who does payroll, Michelle Sheets, who is in charge of accounts payable, and Sarah Masterson, who keeps the voter registration up to date.
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