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Arkansas library patrons have a powerful new tool to borrow items from any Arkansas library collection. That’s because they will have access to Mockingbird, the Arkansas Statewide Virtual Union Catalog.

The Lawrence County Election Commission is in need of poll workers for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 8 and will host a poll worker training on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Lawrence County Meeting Room, located at 115 West Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

On August 30 at their annual meeting, the Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) members named Graycen Bigger, Black River Technical College Foundation board member and executive director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority, to the AEDCE board of di…

Arkansas State Police Sergeant Phillip Roark (left) presents Trooper Isaac Lawson of Powhatan with his B32 tags for his unit. Trooper Lawson worked his first shift in Lawrence County on Sept. 5. Sergeant Roark held the B32 position for 19 years and was recently promoted to supervise the area…

More earthquakes were reported in western Lawrence County last week, including the fourth quake in the region in less than a month.

On Friday, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced several state appointments, including the reappointment of Larry King of Walnut Ridge to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee District Three.

Journeyman electrician Chris Johnson (left) of Red Field and apprentice Jaaron Pardy of Greenbrier, representatives from Lumatech, install an electric vehicle charging station at Beatles Park. The one pedastool charging station will provide two stations and will take approximately 45 minutes…

Rice harvest is underway in Lawrence County. Matt Hibbard (pictured) of Pocahontas and Gary Gill of Walnut Ridge cut the first few fields in the county, just north of Clear Lake Road. Gill, who has currently cut 400 acres, said, “We started on Aug. 24 and of course the rain is making it toug…

More than a decade after the body of former Lawrence County resident Karen Swift was found underneath kudzu bushes in a cemetery near her home in Dyersburg, Tenn., a grand jury in Dyer County found probable cause to indict her husband for first degree murder.

First Horizon Foundation recently contributed $2,500 to the Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is Chamber Director Rachel King (right). Vickie Mitchell of First Horizon presented the donation.

Walnut Ridge street and water department personnel inspect a sink hole on Monday, which occurred at the intersection of Southwest Second and West Oak streets in Walnut Ridge. The intersection was shut down due to unsafe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles.

NEA Regional Solid Waste Management Board Executive Director Joseph Pence (left) discusses an out-of-district hauling fee as Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp listens Aug. 23 in Paragould. The board agreed to approve an $8 per ton fee for haulers who go out of the district for in-district gar…

A ground-breaking ceremony was held Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Walnut Ridge Airport for new hangars, which will be built this fall. Those attending the ceremony included (front, from left): Davis Threlkeld, Tom Cotton Field Representative; Joshua Mullinax, Senator John Boozman Field Represen…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its weekly COVID Data Tracker report, which shows that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are leveling off from their rise over the summer except for Northeast Arkansas.

The Old Lebanon Cemetery Homecoming and work day was held Tuesday, Aug. 23, with several attending including David and Rhetta Stuart, Larry and Mica Vance, Danny Davis, Bobby Davis, Anita Hardage, Elisha Neece, Ruby Rainbolt, Larry Davis, Bruce Nunnally and Newton “Peanut,” Martha Phillips, …

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that on Sunday, around noon, the body of 21-year-old Houston Morgan was recovered.

JR Rogers and the All Star Band perform at the Lawrence County Fair on Saturday. The fair was held Thursday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 20. Saturday’s events featured a livestock premium auction, auto show and rodeo with Generations PRCA Rodeo. Additional photos of this year’s fair are …

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, shortly after 4 p.m., Lawrence County Dispatch received numerous 911 calls reporting that several gunshots had been fired near the 1100 block of Southeast Front Street in Walnut Ridge.

Miss Lawrence County 2021 Samera Orrantia (back) crowns Miss Lawrence County 2022 Kinley Davis on Saturday night during the Lawrence County Fair Pageant, held at the Bill McCurley Gymnasium on the Sloan-Hendrix campus. Davis was also named Most Photogenic and is the daughter of Adam and Andr…

Ericka Smith of Hoxie is the overall winner in this year’s Times Dispatch Summertime Photo Contest with her first-place entry in the Summer Bonding category of the contest.

Brynlee Junkersfeld of Walnut Ridge practices her diving at Lake Norfork. Lawrence County students are making the most of the end of the summer break and are gearing up to go back to school. Walnut Ridge and Hillcrest schools start back on Thursday, Sloan-Hendrix and Imboden Area Charter Sch…

Drawing for ballot positions for the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election will be held by the Lawrence County Election Commissioners on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at noon at the Lawrence County Courthouse in Walnut Ridge.

Hillcrest agri teacher Breanna Durham (left) and her dog, Peppa, join third and fourth-grade writing teacher Miranda Morgan at Hillcrest’s Stuff the Bus event, which was held Saturday at the intersection in Strawberry. The event is a community-wide school supply drive to benefit the school’s…

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed J.R. Hankins to the Director of the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, according to an announcement released Wednesday, Aug. 3.

According to Arkansas State Police, 35-year-old Matthew Shipman died early Wednesday morning, Aug. 3, at the Lawrence County Detention Center.

The Lawrence County Health Unit is hosting a back to school vaccine clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lawrence County Health Unit, located at 1050 West Free Street in Walnut Ridge.

Two-year-old Aiden Burtman plays with his aunt, Emily Sturt of Maynard, at the Walnut Ridge City Pool on Monday. Following a rainy weekend, skies cleared on Monday allowing local residents to enjoy the remaining days of summer outside. Aiden is the son of Stephanie Trammel of Walnut Ridge.