Category: Lawrence County

Up to 140 sick/dying trees to be replaced in Stewart Park

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The wooded area of Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge is about to undergo a transformation.

Selected tree removal has started in the park, Mayor Charles Snapp said Tuesday. 130 to 140 sick or dying trees have been marked for removal by the Forrestry Service. Continue reading “Up to 140 sick/dying trees to be replaced in Stewart Park”

“Harvey” Opens Thursday at WBC

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The Williams Baptist College Theatre Program opens its final play of the 2016-17 season on Thursday night.  Mary Chase’s “Harvey” will run Thursday and Friday, April 20-21.

“Harvey,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka.

The show begins each night at 7:30 p.m. in WBC’s Old Chapel.  Tickets are $3 for students and senior citizens and $5 general admission.

Featured photo: Bethany Dorton, Maggie Morgan, MaKenzie Free, and Ethan Risley rehearse for WBC’s production of “Harvey,” opening Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

from Grace Stolz, Williams Baptist College Coordinator of Public Relations

Three Seniors Highlight WBC Spring Theatre Production

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – The comedy “Harvey,” being performed at Williams Baptist College April 20-21, will be the final curtain call for three seniors in the WBC theatre program.

Ethan Risley, a finance major from Farmington, Ark., will be featured in the lead role of Edwood P. Dowd.

According to Melinda Williams, director of the play, Risley has not only appeared in several past WBC productions, but has also been a four-year member of The Cast, the traveling drama ministry team from Williams. Continue reading “Three Seniors Highlight WBC Spring Theatre Production”

WBC Trustees Approve 2017-18 Budget, Promote Faculty Members

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Williams Baptist College will operate on a $13.4 million budget next year, following action Friday by the college’s Board of Trustees.  The board also voted to advance the rank of two faculty members and gave its stamp of approval to the 2017 graduating class.

Trustees, meeting in regular session on the Williams campus, gave their approval to WBC’s budget for the 2017-18 school year.  The $13.4 million spending plan reflects an increase of $1.3 million over the current year. Continue reading “WBC Trustees Approve 2017-18 Budget, Promote Faculty Members”

Smithville woman killed in Wednesday wreck

JESUP, Ark. – A woman has died after crashing into a tree, the Arkansas State Police crash report says.

The tragic incident happened shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday evening on Highway 115 in Jesup, the report said. A 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Stephanie N. Hufford, 35, of Smithville, was traveling eastbound on the highway. Cpl. Anthony Dail with state police reported the vehicle was navigating a curve when it left the roadway, striking a tree. The crash claimed Hufford’s life.  Continue reading “Smithville woman killed in Wednesday wreck”