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The Times Dispatch will print letters from children to Santa in the Dec. 22 edition. To ensure publication in the pre-Christmas edition, children should send their letters by Friday.

After a one-year hiatus, Williams Baptist University is hosting its 62nd Annual High School Basketball Tournament at the Southerland-Mabee Center on the WBU campus.

The Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds defeated the Highland Rebels 54-45 in senior boys basketball on Nov. 23 at Imboden. The Greyhounds improved to 9-1 on the season with the win.

Dual Benson Hart, 94, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

James William “Jim” Stallcup, 78, of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

ABOVE: The triathlon included a 2.4 mile swim in the ocean, as well as a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. BELOW: Adam Staples (from left), Jonathan Quesada and Brody VanWinkle celebrate being finishers in the Ironman triathlon in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The Walnut Ridge Airport Commission discussed current finances and received a preliminary budget for 2022 at its meeting on Monday night.

Two new greenhouses have been formally dedicated at Williams Baptist University. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Dannah Russell Jones and Nora Leann Shuman Greenhouses was held during WBU’s Homecoming celebration Nov. 6.

The Delta Regional Authority has named 33 community leaders from all eight DRA states as fellows of the 2022 Delta Leadership Institute (DLI) Executive Academy.

Cade Forrester threw three touchdown passes to Kayden Glenn, and ran for another score to guide the Hoxie Mustangs to a 42-0 win over the Cedarville Pirates in the second round of the state football playoffs Friday night at Crider Field.

Edna La Verne Ezell Starling, 86 of Imboden, passed away Nov. 15, 2021, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

In the late 1970s and through the 1980s, millions of people would tune in weekly to watch Dallas, a night-time soap opera about the tawdry scandals and business dealings of a Texas oil family. At the same time, a family of Texas oil barons transplanted from Arkansas was involved in schemes e…

Circuit Judge Rob Ratton accepted negotiated guilty pleas in the disposition of several cases pending in Lawrence County Circuit Court on Nov. 16. The defendants, charges and dispositions include:

A three-vehicle accident Thursday evening on Highway 63 resulted in the death of a child, according to a preliminary fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

Jennifer Gill (left) and Lila Floyd shop at Flowers Nursery & Gifts during the Christmas Open House on Sunday. The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce coordinated the event with 15 participating merchants. See additional photos on page B4.

Sue Gibson of Walnut Ridge recently donated a conference table and chairs to the city of Walnut Ridge that had been used through the years in businesses owned by herself and her husband, the late Danny Gibson.

Gretchen Hunt of Paragould, who works for Paxton Media Group serving as operations manager for The Times Dispatch, a weekly newspaper in Walnut Ridge, will be on the Arkansas State University campus today and Thursday, Nov. 17-18, for the Dr. Joel Gambill Distinguished Speaker Series. Hunt w…

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats went on the road to face the undefeated McGehee Owls in the first round of the 3A state football playoffs Friday night. The Owls, last year’s runners-up in 3A, were too much for the Bobcats, coasting to a 60-12 victory.

Gary Brady, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Monday, Oct. 25, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

JoAnn Henson, 84, of Paragould, died on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Lester Dean Herring, 62, of Ravenden, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

We mournfully announce the passing of Ronnie Lynn Johnson, 71, a longtime resident of Louisville, Ky., but recently Charleston, S.C. Ron passed away on Nov. 25, 2020, after a successful 17-year kidney transplant and recent health complications.

Dr. Michael G. Langley, 69, of Robinson, Ill., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 5, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.

Onadia Mae Milgrim, 92, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Annieville, died Nov. 4, 2021, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday that he sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra addressing his concerns for the proper care of unaccompanied minors in Arkansas that have come from the U.S.-Mexican border.

Work continues on the widening of Highway 412 between Lawrence and Greene counties, and according to Brad Smithee, district engineer with the Arkansas Department of Transportation, another section of the highway should soon be open to five lanes of traffic.

The Lawrence County Angel Tree project is underway and angels are available in the County Clerk’s Office in the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge.

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has announced final plans for the Christmas Open House scheduled for this weekend.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp (third, from right) and Supreme Court Justice Robin Wynne (far right) met with District Judge Alex Bigger (from left), Circuit Judge Michelle Huff, Circuit Judge Rob Ratton, Circuit Judge Adam Weeks and District Judge Mark Johnson on Friday at Powhat…