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Newark, AR--Lauren Payne Reports

After Financial Hardship, The City of Newark Is On The Road To Recovery

September 15, 2004--Posted at 7:30 p.m. CDT

NEWARK-"Basically, we just really scrimped for a year,"said Newark Mayor, Randy Hendrix.

In 2001, the city of Newark overspent.

"Penalties and interest added up to approximately $150,000 to pay back last year,"said Hendrix.

When Randy Hendrix became mayor in 2003, there were no city employees.

Phyllis Riley lost her job as a city employee.

"We were in very hard times,"Riley said.

"We're proud of the fact that, yes, we had a run of bad luck, but they didn't leave us......they stayed with us,"said Riley.

One of the biggest accomplishments for city officials is the move from this old city hall building to a bigger, better building just across the street.

"It's a great feeling to know that we were able to take an abandoned building that had been abandoned for three years in historic Newark, and liven it back up again.

Folks who live in Newark say it was the group effort from members of the community that brought the town back on it's feet.

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