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Members of the Lawrence County Junior Auxiliary Crown Club, including (from left) Olivia Liepert, Rhealyn Schmidt, JA president Angie Abbott, Olivia Farmer and Savannah Andrews, participated in a bucket brigade in downtown Walnut Ridge on April 29 to raise funds for The Children’s Shelter.

Barton’s of Walnut Ridge recently donated $500 to the Lawrence County Cooperative School, which the school will use for supplies, psychological exams not paid for by Medicaid, Special Olympics activities and shirts and other services. Those in attendance for the donation presentation include…

In honor of just being her, 11-year-old Abby Henson of Hoxie was treated to a drive-by vehicle parade to make her day a little brighter.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp welcomes a tourist group from the Arkansas Welcome Centers on Monday as they toured downtown Walnut Ridge. The group is touring Northeast Arkansas and while in the area, visited the Guitar Walk, Beatles Park and The Studio. They also toured the Wings of Honor…

Despite numerous reports from both local residents and first responders, as well as tornado warnings from news sources such as KAIT Channel 8 and KATV Channel 7, the National Weather Service was unable to confirm that a tornado, or two, touched down in Lawrence County on Friday night.

Local Girl Scout members Blakely Bowker and Kaylee Hallford help U.S. veteran Chris Nicholas (left) of Horseshoe Bend retire four flags at Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery in Walnut Ridge. The group, which also included Reagan Moseley (back, left) and Kim Moseley, also performed flag ceremoni…

Governor Asa Hutchinson recently released key findings and recommendations of an anticipated state broadband report from consultant Broadband Development Group (BDG).

Michelle Sheets from the Lawrence County Clerk’s Office sets up poll books for each polling site for the upcoming May 24 election. The poll books are used to look up a voter’s information and to see if they have or have not already voted in the current election.

While Lawrence County has only seen four new cases of COVID-19 reported during the past two weeks, the Arkansas Department of Health reported one new COVID-related death this week.

Hoxie Pre-K teacher Lindsey Crisler (right) works on creating a picture with her student, Bryson French, five, on Thursday in the school’s safe room. Hoxie’s Pre-K wing suffered damage to its roof from the wind and hail storm last Friday, causing major leaks in the preschool. Students were r…

Several local economic development partners will co-host a regional job fair at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas on Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The NEA Intermodal, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will co-host the event, which…

Williams Baptist University board members took part in a groundbreaking ceremony at WBU’s meat processing plant on Friday. Construction at the plant, which will process local beef and pork, is expected to be completed later this year. Those present at the ceremony were (from left): Jamar And…

Walnut Ridge High School senior Mason Andrews, Key Club vice president, donates blood during the Key Club’s American Red Cross Blood Drive on April 6. Fifty-two units of blood were collected at the event, which will help 156 people.

Election season is in full swing in Lawrence County, and this year, for the first time in history, voters will have to request a Republican ballot to vote for local races such as Lawrence County judge and Lawrence County clerk.

When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel helpless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others …

The COVID-19 numbers remain small for Lawrence County, but included in this week’s figures is one additional death among county residents, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Lawrence County Judge John Thomison (seated) recently signed a proclamation designating April 3-9 as Junior Auxiliary Week in Lawrence County. The mission of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc., is to encourage member chapters to render charitable services that are beneficia…

Sweet Tooth Bakery co-owner Ashley McEntire boxes up cupcakes and cookies for customers on Saturday during the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s Merchant Spring Fling. “We want to thank everyone for stopping in and visiting with us during the Spring Fling,” said McEntire. “Hearing all of…

As work continues on Highway 412 between Greene and Lawrence County, traffic is now flowing in all lanes, according to Brad Smithee, district engineer with the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

For the first time in several weeks the number of new cases of COVID-19 reported in Lawrence County outpaced the recovery resulting in an increase in the number of active cases in the county.

Lawrence County native Greg Hogue recently traveled to northwest Romania near the Ukrainian border to provide aid with the Ukrainian refugee relief from the city of Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

Seven-year-olds Rowan Beard (from left), Bristyn Woodard and Seth Gifford, all from Walnut Ridge, enjoy a day at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge during spring break. Lawrence County schools observed spring break last week, returning to school on Monday. A spring break photo spread will be featu…

Walnut Ridge’s recycle bin, previously located off East Main Street on Southeast Second Street, has been moved and is now located at 3227 Hwy. 67B, between Gateway Animal Clinic and the Walnut Ridge Fire Station.

The Hoxie School District will hold a special meeting on Tuesday from 5-6 p.m. in the school cafeteria for parents of students going into grades kindergarten through sixth grade for the 2022-2023 school year regarding the proposed four-day school week.

While Lawrence County is still seeing some new cases of COVID-19, the number of active cases in the county as of Tuesday was reported by the Arkansas Department of Health to have declined to two.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard the first reading of more than 120 changes to the Arkansas Code of Regulations at meetings held recently at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Cavenaugh Auto Group recently contributed $10,000 to benefit this year’s Beatles at the Ridge Festival, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 17. Accepting the donation were Charles Snapp (left), Brett Cooper (second from right) and Jackie Snapp. Fran Cavenaugh (second from left) presented the …

The power of one person to make a difference can be astronomical, especially to the families who have been impacted by that one person. One shining example of this is Dr. Ryan Belcher, MD, MPH, a Lawrence County native whose humanitarian efforts are positively impacting others, one smile at a time.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge hosted the 2021 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards and recognition luncheon on Tuesday, March 1, at the Benton Event Center.

Walnut Ridge resident Mary Ann Cole (right) checks out merchandise during the store opening at Williams Corner. The store, which features produce grown at Eagle Farms, flowers, gifts and more, opened on Wednesday, March 9. Assisting Cole are Williams Baptist University freshmen (from left) B…

The number of active cases of COVID-19 among Lawrence County residents dropped into single digits during the past week, according to data released by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Hoxie City Council met on March 8 and discussed unauthorized containers within the city limits. According to Hoxie City Clerk Verna Coats, individuals were given seven days to move the unauthorized containers before citations were to be given.

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