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Williams Baptist receives University status

Sep 21, 2017
Williams Baptist University

This press release is from Williams Baptist University:

Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge announced Wednesday that, starting next fall, it will be known as Williams Baptist University.

“This is a monumental day in the history of this institution, reflecting a major step forward.  Williams has provided an outstanding, Christian higher education for the past 76 years, and being known as Williams Baptist University will help us to advance our programs even further,” said WBC President Dr. Tom Jones.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Thursday, September 21th.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Arkansas State University has signed leases with the cities of Walnut Ridge and Imboden for the place of facilities that would house disaster preparedness training. 

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The board of trustees for Arkansas State University is considering plans to build facilities in Imboden and Walnut Ridge for use in a disaster preparedness training program.

The board meets Friday and will consider long-term lease agreements between the university and the two cities. The Jonesboro Sun reports that the proposed facilities would allow university students and local emergency personnel to practice simulations of emergency situations.

This is the 6:04 KASU newscast for Friday, September 15th.  Here are the stories reported this morning:

Following two years of interviews for the job, Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Stan Jones to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Tuesday. Jones, a fifth-generation farmer and hunting lodge owner from Walnut Ridge, applauded previous efforts by the commission to promote the outdoors in Arkansas.

“I know we’ve got some difficult situations and issues that we’re going to have to face, but I’ve got a very positive look and attitude on everything, the Game & Fish [Commission] has done a good job, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” Jones said.

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Several businesses are in talks with Walnut Ridge officials about possibly building in the town…this only a month after U-S Senator John Boozman announced that U-S Highway 67/167 now has a “Future I-57” designation.  

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Art and culture have always been a way of life in eastern Arkansas and now at least one organization thinks both can become economic drivers in the region.

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After months of study, the Walnut Ridge Mayor says consolidating with Hoxie "MUST wait."

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After recently consolidating with College City, Walnut Ridge officials are seeking to merge with Hoxie for 2017.

KAIT reports Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp expressed hope in bringing the two cities together in his State of the City address to the city council Monday night.

The Walnut Ridge City Council had plenty of items to address during the meeting Monday, including a lawsuit, the passage of a new fire fee, and a letter demanding that the Mayor and the Water Works Superintendent resign from office.

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Pool hall owner Jack Allison saw a peculiar aircraft in flight over his hometown late night Sept. 18, 1964. It was large, and as he spied it from the pool hall parking lot, it was clear to him the plane was headed to the Walnut Ridge Airport.

Allison instructed three teenage boys to investigate it. When they arrived at the runway, the plane door opened and immortals strolled onto the tarmac. It was the only time the Beatles – George, John, Paul, and Ringo – ever set foot in the Natural State as a group.

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 The national retailer Tractor Supply Company is building a new store in Walnut Ridge.  City officials made the announcement at a Monday news conference at the old Walmart building on US 67B where the business will be located. 

The property owned by Williams Baptist College was sold to Dallas-based BG Development, according to the Jonesboro Sun.  College officials told KAIT the funds from the sale will be used towards constructing new residence halls. 

Residents in Walnut Ridge and College City overwhelmingly approved a consolidation in yesterday’s special election.  The new Walnut Ridge takes effect January first.  Mayor Charles Snapp tells KASU News he is excited about the merger:

Snapp says one advantage to the consolidation is that it will bring Walnut Ridge’s population to above 5,000.  He says that will help in attracting more businesses to Walnut Ridge:

Snapp tells what will happen next:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:

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