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The deadline to register in the Nov. 3 General Election is nearing, and Lawrence County residents are being encouraged to register or update their registration if they have changed addresses since the last election.

Lawrence County and cities within the county could be eligible for thousands of dollars in reimbursement through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act if a plan endorsed last week by the Arkansas CARES Act Steering Committee is implemented.

The Lawrence County Health Unit will host a drive through flu shot clinic next week, Monday through Friday, at 1050 West Free Street in Walnut Ridge.

Hoxie quarterback Daylon Powell accounted for five touchdowns in leading the Mustangs to a 54-29 win over the Westside Warriors in senior football action Friday night at Westside.

The Hoxie Lady Mustangs volleyball teams traveled to Walnut Ridge on Monday to face the Lady Bobcats in the season’s first meeting between the 3A Northeast Conference rivals.

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats hosted Crowley’s Ridge Academy in high school volleyball action on Sept. 8 at Sharum Gymnasium. The Lady Cats swept the non-conference matchup in three sets, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23.

One of many services provided by the Lawrence County Extension Service is ballot issue education. Staff Chair Bryce Baldridge mentioned this service at Monday night’s Quorum Court meeting and shared the following with The TD to help educate our readers:

Vera Nadine (Wicker) Murphy, age 84, of Lorado, went to her heavenly home on Sept. 7, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Lula Marie Jones, 75, of Nelsonville passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. She was born Nov. 25, 1944, in Saffell, to George Alexander and Doris Pauline Pinkston Blankenship. She worked several years for Settles Cleaners and Nuway Cleaners, both in Batesville, and also worked several years for…

After a month-long battle with Covid-19, James Wesley Harp of Paragould passed away Sept. 8, 2020, at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Robert “Larry” Johnson passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on June 5, 2020 at the age of 75 years.

Geraldine Gardner Barber Wood departed this life at Batesville on Sept. 8, 2020, at the age of 93.

Johnny Emmerich Kellerman, 87, of Light, passed away Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at Green House Cottages of Belle Meade in Paragould.

Georgia Ann McClain, 62, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

James O. McVey, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at his residence.

Ethel Sue Watson Mason, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 12, 2020, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Reba Faye Knotts, 64, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 8, 2020, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Lawrence County’s active cases of COVID-19 have nearly doubled in the past week, and an additional death has been added according to information reported by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Chad Howell and Teague Phillips operate combines on Phillips Farms on Monday. While many enjoyed the day off for Labor Day, it was the first day of harvest for Phillips Farm after recent heavy rains.

Walnut Ridge’s park committee is seeking input on priorities for improvements at Stewart Park through the city’s Facebook page.

Hoxie’s high school volleyball teams remained undefeated, as the senior high and junior high squads each won three matches last week.

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats volleyball team traveled to Harrisburg on Thursday and won an exciting five-set match over the Lady Hornets, 25-20, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 15-7.

The Salem Greyhounds scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away for a 34-14 victory over the Walnut Ridge Bobcats in senior high football action Friday night at Salem.

The Hoxie Mustangs stormed back from an early deficit to defeat the Mountain View Yellowjackets 47-16 in senior high football action Friday night at Crider Field.

Matthew Daniel Cole, 35, of Paragould, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2020, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Valerie Jo (Tyson) Timmons, 37, of Bono, walked through Heaven’s gate. There she was handed her baby boy Oliver Andrew Timmons, eight weeks. On Aug. 23, 2020, a horrible auto accident claimed Oliver’s life, and on Aug. 28, 2020, Valerie succumbed to the injuries she received on that night.

The Times Dispatch has always been blessed with many contributing writers, guest writers and news sources who submit information to help keep our readers informed.

Starting with the remnants of Hurricane Laura on Thursday, Lawrence County saw several waves of rain and wind over the weekend and into the beginning of the week.

The deadline for the 2020 Census is nearing, and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service continues to play an active role in ensuring communities across Arkansas can thrive over the next decade.

Cole Manning’s 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the only score in the second half, but it was enough to lift the Walnut Ridge Bobcats to a 28-22 season-opening victory over the Highland Rebels Friday night at Sexton Field.

Daylon Powell tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Stefan Coleman to give the Mustangs a 54-48 lead over Cave City on Hoxie’s second overtime possession Friday night at Crider Field. Hoxie’s defense then held the Cavemen on downs to preserve the win.

The Hoxie senior high volleyball team opened the 2020 season with a three-game sweep of Pocahontas on Sept. 25 at Mustang Gym. The Lady Mustangs won the games by scores of 25-10, 25-12, 25-22.

Covid-19 presents a host of challenges for collegiate athletic programs, but Williams Baptist University is navigating those challenges and preparing for fall sports to commence.

Terry Allen Connor, 64, of Trumann, died Aug. 25, 2020, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.