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Council approves request

The Van Buren City Council agreed Monday night to Lawbreakers and Peacemakers request to close a portion of a downtown street for two shows in August.

Alderman voted 6-0 to approve the request by Marsha Cooksey of Cooksey Interiors and Otis Joe Miller of the Lawbreakers and Peacemakers reenactment group.

Aug. 2 and Aug. 23 performances will be held a portion of Seventh Street between Main Street and the railroad train bridge. Reenactments will be between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to the request.

“This is an effort extended as members of the downtown revitalization committee and was discussed at a meeting of The Old Town Merchants Association,” Miller stated in his written request to Mayor Bob Freeman.

Miller said the shows will consist of music, cowboy poetry and historical reenactments.

“I recommend we keep this to two events to see how it goes,” Freeman said prior to the council vote.

The council also voted to allow golf carts to be driven by city streets from a place of residence to a golf course as allowed by state law.

Golf carts may not be driven by federal or state highways or county roads, the ordinance states, and the driver must be at least 16-years-old and have a valid driver’s license. Driving a golf cart is only allowed during daylight hours.

Aldermen also approved a measure to allow Brad Lipe, a Van Buren police officer, to conduct business with the city as Brad Lipe Painting and another to dispose of an ID card printing system which is no longer operable.

Representatives of the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith were at the meeting to present city officials with a memento of the A-10 planes that were previously flown by airmen before the planes were shipped out to be replaced by drones.

Col. Brian Burger with the Arkansas Air National Guard 188th Fighter Wing presented Freeman with a photograph of one of the A-10. In the photograph, the tail of an A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog” bears the decal “City of Van Buren.”

“We appreciate what the city of Van Buren does for the 188th,” Burger said. “The base is thankful for your support.”

Freeman said, “Our thanks goes out to all of you. Your mission has changed but we will continue to support the 188th in new and exciting times.”

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