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Junior Auxiliary members (from left) Angie Abbott, Sherri Thomas and Blythe Sloan shop for shoes for students in Lawrence County’s four school districts. Purchasing shoes for school children is just one of the organization’s projects to help children and families in the county.

With many in Arkansas having received their vaccinations and the mask mandate having been lifted, the numbers for COVID-19 in Lawrence County remain low with only six new cases reported in the last week.

A one-vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon at Strawberry resulted in the death of a juvenile, according to the fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

Ruby Louella Cooper, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died April 5, 2021, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Ann L. Webbe, 91, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, April 8, 2021, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Last week, columnist Walter Shapiro tweeted: “I just realized that we are as close in time from the end of World War II as Pearl Harbor was from Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. For a babyboomer, it is hard to believe that WWII is the midpoint between the Civil War and 2021.”

This photo of Minturn Elementary students and their teacher, Mrs. Alice Rains, was taken in the spring of 1947. Among the students are the following: (row 1) Sue Smithee, Joan Hill, Chas Smith, Earl Baker, Jerry Selvidge, Mazie Simms, Dale Pace; (row 2) Clyda Mae Stafford, Fredia Baker, Fred…

Mike King with Blaine Davis Computing installs a security camera at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. Work is underway on several projects at the park, including replacing the beams in the large pavilion. Other projects planned include improvements to the swimming pool area and a new sign.

The number of COVID-19 cases reported for Lawrence County remains low this week, but is up after the county dipped to only two active cases a week ago.

Beatles at the Ridge organizers announced this week that plans have been made to hold the annual event in 2021, after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Heidi Thomas (foreground), an art student at Williams Baptist University, and WBU Art Professor Sandy Baltz work on a mural at the Lawrence County Housing Agency office in Walnut Ridge. Baltz said her art class is working on the mural on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and she and Thomas were puttin…

Williams Baptist University has announced a transition among its leadership team highlighted by Dr. Andrew Watson and Angela Flippo, who have assumed new roles within the school.

Ty Flippo and Jayden Hollister of the Walnut Ridge senior boys basketball team were named to the 3A-3 All-Conference team for the 2020-21 season.

Three members of the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats received honors following the 2020-21 basketball season. Bailey Augustine, Chloe Davis and Alex Jones were named to the 3A-3 All-Conference team. Augustine also received All-State honors.

Jerry L. Graham, 80, of Portia, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Harry B. Jones Sr., 77, of Walnut Ridge, died March 29, 2021, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

Edgar George Smith was born in Iowa on Sept. 20, 1933, to Daniel and Jeanette Laughlin Smith. He was named Edgar because of his mother’s love of reading Edgar Allen Poe’s work. He was a twin to his brother, Edward. Edgar passed away Monday, March 29, 2021.

James Hinds had come to Arkansas with high hopes after the Civil War. However, the congressman only found tragedy as he was assassinated in 1868.

The Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority Board met last week and spent much of the meeting discussing the authority’s annual report for 2020.

Beautiful blooms frame the Startup Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge on Tuesday morning. Lawrence County has been enjoying warmer weather with the arrival of spring.

The COVID-19 case numbers in Lawrence County continue to go in the right direction as only one new case was reported during the past week and the current active case count stands at two cases.

The Hoxie City Council met in special session on March 23 and adopted a resolution regarding a grant for the Hoxie Police Department.

Courteney Wall-Sisk, county Extension agent for agriculture, is working to notify farmers who sent in restricted use pesticide applicator license renewals that a course is still required to complete the renewal.

Deborah Kay Lamb, 62, of Jonesboro, passed from this life Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at her home.

Jerry Wayne Lamb, 65, of Jonesboro, passed from this life Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at his home.

The subcommittees of Communications and Technology, and Consumer Protection and Commerce, of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, called in the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter on Thursday for a hearing called: “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role In Promoting Extremism A…

Several apartments in Hoxie were destroyed by a fire early Monday morning, with personnel from several county fire departments responding to battle the blaze.

As the state of Arkansas prepares for the potential of the removal of the statewide mask mandate at the end of the month, Lawrence County’s active case count reached single digits this week.

The Walnut Ridge City Council passed two resolutions regarding grant funding for the police department at a special meeting on Thursday.

Volunteer Firefighter Anthony Farmer steps off the Walnut Ridge Fire Department’s recently-purchased 2005 Spartan Crimson Gladiator 75” Quint ladder truck, which comes equipped with a 350-gallon water tank and a 1500-gallon-per-minute pump. The Walnut Ridge City Council approved purchasing t…