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Residents react to consolidation of Region 8 towns

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) -

College City and Walnut Ridge officially consolidated on Sunday. 

In 2016, nearly 300 people voted to consolidate the two towns.  

Now several citizens say they are thrilled that it is official. 

According to one College City resident, the consolidation will provide the town with a more efficient government. 

"We're very happy about the consolidation," said Brett Cooper.  "We think it's a good move as far as city services that we can avail ourselves of in Walnut Ridge."

He says many people in the town considered Walnut Ridge home even before the vote and now everyone can have access to services in Walnut Ridge. 

"Now we can have full-time police protection, we can have a street department, and we can officially be one," said Cooper. 

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