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Volume 26, Issue 36 One Section, 10 Pages Wednesday, September 16, 2015 www.wcmla.net USPS 006-506

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Photo at top of page of a stalled grain truck blocking Hwy. 64 at the intersection of Hwy. 17 taken Sept. 8 by Richard Gossett.

Bank of Augusta now RiverWind Bank --

The Bank of Augusta officially changed it's name Sept. 14 to RiverWind Bank as part of an overall rebranding process as the bank expands into other areas, including two locations in Searcy. The bank has been in business in Augusta for 80 years. Dr. Steve Collier (left) and Charlie Eldridge (right) help Martha Ray cut the cake at the reception at the Augusta bank location. (Photos by Bettie Looney)

Patriot Day: Remembering September 11, 2001 --

Patriots Day, a time of remembrance, was held Sept. 11 in Elmo Browning Park. All military, emergency personnel, first responders and law officers were honored at the ceremony. All veterans were also recognized. At left, Bobby Brown of the Augusta Fire Department renders final honors to departed comrades by "Striking the Four Fives." Jim Kelley, Commander of the American Legion Post #166 in Augusta was MC, and the Augusta National Guard presented the colors, followed by speeches by several county and city dignitaries. (Photos by Bettie Looney)

Postmaster retires

Betty Bull has retired from the US Postal Service after 35 years of ser- vice, 27 of them as postmaster at the McCrory Post Office. For the past few years, she was also as- signed the Patterson, Tupelo and Beedeville post offices. Recently, previous employees and local em- ployees honored Bull with a catfish dinner at Catfish Island in Caldwell. Approximately 20 people were present for the event, including Bull's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ma- son. Lots of fun and many memo- ries were shared. Bull is pictured in front of a painting by her mother that hangs in the restaurant. Sharon Dozier, Staff Writer The McCrory City Council met Sept. 14 with all members present. Bookkeeping System Mayor Doyle Fowler introduced Melanie with CSA Software Solu- tions of Maumelle, who demon- strated an accounting program the team at CSA developed specifi- cally for Arkansas Municipalities. The company works closely with legislative auditors and developed a system that will make the city and auditors jobs easier. Following the demonstration, she answered ques- tions for the council and city trea- surer Bobby Trotter. After the dis- cussion, councilman Bob Briley said, "It's got to work; about 90% of Arkansas cities are using it." Mayor Fowler asked if she would get them a print-out of costs and what they covered, such as techni- cal support and customer service. Police Report McCrory Police Chief Paul Hatch reported that there will be no court this month, so revenue for the city will be down. He also reported that the new court security cameras are in place in the civic center. Other than small repairs done on a couple of police cars, there was nothing else to report. Water Department Water Superintendent Homer Reeves was not present, so in his absence, city employee Matt Hunter gave the water report, stat- ing that everything is going good. The new backhoe ordered from Riggs Equipment in Jonesboro did not have the hydraulic thumb or quick connect that the city needs. To add this will increase the price by $ 7,323.67. It hopefully will be ready soon. The city also received a bid on the old backhoe that will offset the extra, unexpected cost. The bid was from Joey Cain for $5,100, and the council voted unanimously to ac- cept the bid. The water and sewer project be- hind the Bank of McCrory is near- ing completion. The city was told that the paving will be done before bad weather hits the state. This will be the final step on the project. Drainage Project Mayor Fowler said he spoke with Mitzi at White River Planning Dis- trict regarding progress on the drainage project on the north end of town. Mitzi said she sent the letters for environmental studies but has received no response yet and said it will probably be 45 to 60 days before the city can advertise for bids. Water Plant The water plant project is taking longer than the city expected but is moving along. Wayne Menley with Miller-Newell is trying to get a con- struction meeting set up for next week. This will be a huge step in beginning construction on the much needed, much anticipated water plant for the City of McCrory. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the McCrory City Coun- cil will be held Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. The meetings are open to the public. To address the coun- cil, call City Hall prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda. Bettie Looney, Staff Writer Augusta City Council met Sept. 14, with all councilmen present. Mayor Essie Nichols called the meeting to order and acknowledged those that had passed recently, Robert Mauldin, Lovelle Owens Moore, Felisa Robertson and Ja- son Anthony. Alderman Reports Councilman Jon Ford said the city has improved the looks of the city by picking up a lot of the Class 4 garbage. Nichols reminded ev- eryone that the Class 4 garbage is picked up twice a year. You can put out your Class 4 anytime, but there is a charge to pick it up at other than the designated pick-up dates. Ford

McCrory City Council discusses projects

Ribbon Cutting was held last week at the new Save the Children Head Start in Patterson. The program has renovated and moved into what used to be Robin's Nest Daycare on Hwy. 17B. (Photo by Bettie Looney) also remarked that a section of the walking trail at Elmo Browning Park needs to be resealed. City Planner Kip Davis said he would look into getting a grant for this project. Davis told the council he had a clean-up at the park last week and cut limbs and picked up trash. Ford also mentioned the abandoned house on Broadway and 5

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streets. Councilman Debi Moore said she had had some complaints about the walking trail by the river being grown up and trash littering it. Nichols remarked that when the water was up, the trail was under water and this could be the cause of all the debris. Councilman Bobby Brannon showed the council a citation book that he, Nichols and Chief Eric Morgan designed for issuing fines when condemned houses, trash pickup, etc., are not complied with in ten days. Councilman Perry Galloway said that the city is paying a little less for electricity than they are charging. He also commented about the in- crease in traffic on 2

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Street. Every- one seemed to think there used to be a speed bump on that street, but it's not there now. After a lengthy discussion about the possibility of

Utility issues plague city and citizens

(See AUGUSTA, Page 3)

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