BY LEANN DILBECK –
Regina Walker of Mena was recently re-appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to serve on the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to represent cities and towns. Above, Walker is sworn in by Eighteenth West Judicial Circuit Judge J.W. Looney.
She has served on the Council since 1997. Walker said she was humbled and honored to serve once again, and expressed her appreciation to Governor Beebe, in regard to her re-appointment, which was confirmed by the Senate. Local projects, of regional significance, funded through grants awarded by the council are: The renovation and water extension to Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Lodge through the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the restoration of the Historic Armory and walking trails through Rich Mountain Community College, land acquisitions for Cossatot River State Park Natural Area, through the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and restoration of the 1935 Joe Jones mural, Struggle in the South, painted at Commonwealth College and now part of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Gallery Program.