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Voters Approve WR/CC Consolidation


WBC will become an official part of Walnut Ridge, after voters overwhelmingly approved consolidation of Walnut Ridge and College City on Tuesday.  The vote in College City was 38 to 12 to approve the merger, and an even more lopsided 264 to 32 in Walnut Ridge.

Each of the towns had to approve the merger for it to take effect.

Voters also chose the name of the consolidated town, with Walnut Ridge chosen over College City by a total vote of 311 to 35.

WBC had long supported the merger of the two towns and endorsed the effort that led to Tuesday's vote.

Walnut Ridge will now redraw its city council boundaries to include the population of College City, and residents of College City will be eligible to run for Walnut Ridge city offices starting this fall.

The merger will officially take effect on January 1, 2017.

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