JPs create new jail position

The Lawrence County Quorum Court voted to create the position of medical official in the sheriff's department at Monday night's meeting.

The position will be filled by an independent professional who carries liability insurance.

The professional will make weekly visits to the jail to visit patients. Additionally, they will be on-call for emergencies and be able to advise based on symptoms if an inmate needs to be taken to the hospital. Sheriff Jeff Yates said once a call is made, the medical official's insurance is in effect.
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Williams dedicates Belle Hall

J.R. Cox (from left), chairman of the Williams Baptist College Board of Trustees, visits with Jim Tom Butler, Connie Belle Butler and Lois Ann Butler following the ribbon-cutting for Belle Hall, which is named in Connie's honor.

The ribbon has been cut and Belle Hall, the newest residential facility at Williams Baptist College, was officially dedicated on Friday. The ceremony was held at the conclusion of Williams' regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting.

The 43-bed women's residence hall has been housing students throughout the fall semester.

"Belle Hall is not only necessary and useful for our growing campus, it is also beautiful," said Dr. Kenneth Startup, interim president at Williams. "The wonderful facility elevates our entire campus, and we are blessed by the new structure."

Belle Hall was made possible in part by a $500,000 gift from the Jim Tom Butler family of Harrisburg. Butler has been a member of the Williams Board of Trustees, and his family has supported the college for many decades. The name for Belle Hall comes from his wife, Connie Belle Butler, and her family, and has a rich history that extends many generations.
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Ghost tour is success

Approximately 125 people attended the Ghosts of Hoxie's Christmas Past Walking Tour on Sunday afternoon. Moderate temperatures were a definite advantage to the success of the outdoor event.

Sunday's "Ghost" tour featured six historic sites, where individuals portrayed persons connected to each building's past. The individuals shared historical facts and personal stories as small groups gathered at 15-minute intervals.
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Arkansas State ROTC honors Johnny Davis

Walnut Ridge native Johnny F. Davis was among four distinguished ROTC alumni who were inducted into the Arkansas State University Department of Military Science Hall of Heroes on Saturday.

The honorees were inducted at the ASU Military Science Building before the Troy State Football game and were recognized again on the field during the game.

A-State ROTC pays tribute to the ROTC alumni who have distinguished themselves through heroic service, government service and outstanding representation of the university.
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