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The old Sonic building was demolished last week to make way for stalls, a new playground and a volleyball court for the new Sonic restaurant. An approximately 30-day shutdown is anticipated for the final phase of construction.

Hoxie quarterback Cade Forrester passed for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Mustangs to 33-6 win over the Gosnell Pirates on Friday night.

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats won their first volleyball match of the season, defeating 3A Northeast Conference rival Harrisburg on Sept. 14 at Harrisburg. The Lady Cats won in four sets, 26-24, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20.

The Hoxie senior high volleyball team claimed the championship of the Cave City Classic on Saturday. The Lady Mustangs defeated Walnut Ridge in the finals, 25-16, 25-19.

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats hosted the Hoxie Lady Mustangs in 3A Northeast volleyball action on Thursday at Walnut Ridge’s Terry Belcher Gymnasium.

Arkansas is the only state in the U.S. that produces diamonds and Ruth Ann Dunahay was one of her home state’s rare and precious jewels. A beloved mother, grandmother, wife and true friend, Ruth Ann, passed away Aug. 5, 2021.

Thelma Lee Parker, 73, of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life on Sept. 19, 2021, in Jonesboro.

In loving memory of Margrhea A. Willmuth, 90, of Walnut Ridge, who passed away Sept. 14, 2021, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Hoxie’s Alex Chappell runs the ball for the junior high Mustangs as he is defended by Walnut Ridge’s Enrique Perez. The Bobcats won the game, 42-6.

Adam Staples of Walnut Ridge speaks at the State of Arkansas 9/11 Ceremony in Little Rock on Saturday. Staples was interning with an investment firm on the 61st floor of the south tower at the time of the 9-11 attacks. At the age of 22, he escaped the tower less than 10 minutes before it col…

Mable Humble of Walnut Ridge was the center of attention on Saturday, and rightly so, as she celebrated her 100th birthday.

Ron Ingram of Walnut Ridge has officially announced his intention to run for Lawrence County judge following an announcement by County Judge John Thomison that he will not seek re-election.

The Board of Trustees at Williams Baptist University elected its officers for the coming year Friday. The board, meeting in regular session on the WBU campus, also heard good news about the university’s enrollment climbing for the third consecutive year.

A Walnut Ridge woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Sharp County, according to the preliminary crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

The number of recoveries in Lawrence County outpaced the number of new cases of COVID-19 during the past week, resulting in a slight reduction of active cases among county residents.

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats defeated the East Poinsett County Warriors 18-14 on Friday night to earn their first victory of the 2021 football season.

Hoxie hosted Harding Academy in high school volleyball action on Sept. 2. The Lady Mustangs defeated the visitors from Searcy in four sets, 25-13, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16.

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats traveled to Little Rock on Sept. 7 to face the Lady Eagles of Baptist Prep in high school volleyball action.

Thelma Louise Davis, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Bobby Odell (Shorty) Fort, 83, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, at his daughter’s home in Jonesboro, following a lengthy battle with Lewy-Body disease.

Tony Kevin Matthews, 62, of Smithville, entered heaven’s gates on the morning of Sept. 12, 2021, at St Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Lisa Ann Taylor, 54, of Walnut Ridge, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Melissa Renee Lenderman Ragan, 51, of Walnut Ridge, died Thursday Sept. 2, 2021, in Sharp County, Arkansas.

Herman Davis went from deep poverty in a remote corner of Arkansas and became the most decorated Arkansan of World War I. He was born just outside what is now Manila in Mississippi County in 1888. The family lived in a small shack outside the town near Big Lake and ran a small store. The fam…

For the third week in a row the number of new COVID-19 cases reported among Lawrence County residents by the Arkansas Department of Health was in the triple digits.

Enrollment at Williams Baptist University has climbed for the third straight year, with the number of on-campus students rising to 600. Fall enrollment on WBU’s main campus in Walnut Ridge increased by 3.5 percent compared to last year, capping a jump of 31 percent over the past three years.

Two late touchdowns by Salem thwarted Walnut Ridge’s comeback attempt as the Greyhounds handed the Bobcats a 40-22 defeat Friday night at Sexton Field.

The Hoxie Mustangs found themselves in a battle at Mountain View before pulling away for a 40-26 victory over the Yellowjackets in senior high football on Friday night.

The Walnut Ridge junior high volleyball team remained undefeated with a three-set victory at Cave City on Thursday. The Lady Cats topped the junior Cavewomen 13-25, 25-20, 15-9 to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Quentin Cato, 49, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Aug. 31, 2021, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Angela Marie “Angie” Jackson, 38 of Manila, passed from this life Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at the Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Born in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of the late Juan Rosales. She had been a longtime resident of Jonesboro before making her home in Walnut Ridge.…

No one seems to be able to figure out what federal law House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California was warning telecommunications companies not to break last week, or what punishment he threatened to carry out if they do, should Republicans regain a majority in the House after next ye…

Tony Waldrupe has announced his candidacy for Lawrence County Sheriff in the 2022 election.

A large crowd was on hand Friday afternoon to see the Union Pacific steam locomotive Big Boy No. 4014 when it made a stop in Walnut Ridge. It is one of the largest in the world at 132 feet long and weighing in at 1.2 million pounds. (See additional photos inside this week’s TD.)

Williams Baptist University celebrated the return of students to its campus on Saturday, Aug. 21, as part of the school’s annual “Move-in Day.”

Cade Forrester and Kayden Glenn combined for seven touchdowns in leading the Hoxie Mustangs to a 46-28 victory over the Cave City Cavemen in the opening week of the high school football season Friday night at Cave City.