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The body of Kelsey Joslin, 24, of Alicia has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for purposes of an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death, according to a statement issued by the Arkansas State Police.

Jerry Gibbens, who served for more than half a century as an English professor at Williams Baptist University, was presented an honorary doctorate by WBU Saturday. The honor was bestowed during the university’s commencement exercises.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has announced plans for an online public involvement meeting to obtain input on the proposed Future I-57 connection from Walnut Ridge to the Missouri state line.

This week's issue of The Times Dispatch has been delayed a day due to a power outage at our pagination hub. We apologize for any inconvenience. The print edition will be distributed Thursday, and the online edition will be updated Thursday morning, as well.

The filing period for the municipal and school elections, which are held in conjunction with the Nov. 3 General Election, is underway. As of Monday afternoon only one race had developed.

A pile of bricks and other debris is all that remains of two buildings that were destroyed by fire on July 23 in downtown Walnut Ridge. Damage to the county-owned building at 115 West Walnut can be seen in the background. The building houses the Lawrence County Library and Lawrence County Me…

As Williams Baptist College prepares to return to campus this fall, the American Midwest Conference Council of Presidents’ met on Friday and voted to move forward with the fall sports season as currently scheduled, which includes regular-season conference and non-conference play, and the con…

Workers put finishing touches on the exterior of the new gymnasium on the Walnut Ridge School campus. The new facility, as well as the Lawrence County School District’s new softball and baseball complex, is set to be completed this fall.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital has acquired the latest in MR technology by installing the new Vantage TitanTM from Canon.

Williams Baptist University will hold its 2020 commencement exercises Saturday, Aug. 8. The ceremony was postponed from its originally scheduled date in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 80 graduates are receiving diplomas from WBU this year.

A Thursday morning fire destroyed two downtown Walnut Ridge buildings, including the Lawrence County Housing Authority office.

Commissioners authorized Manager Stacy Hoggard to move forward with cleaning up an area southwest of the newer hangars.

As efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 continue across the state of Arkansas, Lawrence County reversed its upward trend this past week.

Many caught sight of Bruno the Bear as he traveled through Lawrence County on July 21. Bruno began his journey in Wisconsin and, according to Game and Fish officials, is seeking his own territory and a mate. In this photo, he is near Highway 117 at Smithville.

Shannon Fisher, department head of the Walnut Ridge Street and Sanitation Department, hangs a banner at the Lawrence County Library with instructions on how residents can use the library’s free Wi-Fi to complete the Census. “You can stay safe in your vehicle and still be counted,” Mayor Char…

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Lawrence County have more than doubled in the past week, according to information reported by the Arkansas Department of Health.

The City of Walnut Ridge displayed a large American Flag from the Walnut Ridge Fire Department’s ladder truck in honor of former Mayor Tommy Holland, who died on July 14. The flag flew over Highway 67B North as Holland’s funeral procession passed on Friday. The procession also received a pol…

The Hoxie City Council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance to split the positions of city clerk and city treasurer at the July 14 meeting.

Beatrice Graham, a resident of Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab in Walnut Ridge, celebrates her 100th birthday on Friday with daughters, Stacy Hoggard (left) and Pam Horton (right). In addition to celebrating her birthday, the family also celebrated that Graham survived a COVID-19 infection ea…

After a couple of weeks in single digits, the case count for Lawrence County has seen an increase, along with many other counties in Northeast Arkansas.

Sarah (Holland) Cooper recently graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Lawrence Memorial Health Services, the county’s local, non-profit healthcare institution, is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine our community without the hospital and its adjoining nursing home, Lawrence Hall, though we sometimes tend to take these …

The Hotel Rhea will soon be under the management of students at Williams Baptist University. Through the university’s new student work initiative known as Williams Works, students will manage and operate the historic hotel in downtown Walnut Ridge.

The free drive-through COVID- 19 testing held in Walnut Ridge last week yielded only one positive result according to Meridith Holsapple, administrator of the Lawrence County Health Unit.

Lady Bobcat head volleyball coach Janna Berry (back center) leads her junior high team in an “air high five” at the conclusion of practice on Tuesday. Both Walnut Ridge and Hoxie resumed practice this week in preparation for the 2020 season.

Fireworks explode over a ball field at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge on Sunday night during one of three fireworks displays held in Lawrence County to mark the Independence Day holiday. (See additional photos from the Walnut Ridge and Imboden displays on page 10A.)

Lawrence County has traditionally supported the Stuff the Bus campaign through local in-person events, including a drive at the Walnut Ridge Walmart.

Meridith Holsapple, administrator of the Lawrence County Health Unit, takes information from Dan Mullen of Walnut Ridge at yesterday’s drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge. Holsapple said a total of 68 tests were administered at the free testing …

With the Independence Day holiday falling on Saturday, local, county, state and federal government offices will be closed on Friday to observe the holiday.

The Lawrence County Fair Board has announced that the 2020 Lawrence County Fair has been canceled.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation will host a virtual public involvement meeting to review proposed plans for Hwy. 63 in Black Rock on Wednesday, July 8, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Airport Manager Stacy Hoggard reported on work underway at the Walnut Ridge Airport during the Airport Commission meeting on Monday night.

Workers remove dirt along Highway 412 near the intersection with Lawrence 615 Tuesday morning as work to widen the highway to five lanes continues. When complete, the project will connect the existing five-lane section near Highway 141 in Greene County with the Highway 67 overpass in Lawrenc…

Fireworks displays have been announced in three Lawrence County communities to celebrate the Independence Day holiday.

The Rotary Club of Lawrence County will host a free COVID-19 testing site on Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Main Street Church of Christ, located at 319 East Main Street in Walnut Ridge.

The summer ball program is underway at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. Sarah Nichols (left) throws the ball from second base to teammate Addison Hunt on third during practice Monday night for the 10-12-year-old Rampage softball team. Games for the league started on June 15 after a delay due to…

A head-on collision in Portia on Sunday night resulted in two fatalities, according to the preliminary fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to rezone 1.43 acres, located at 1210 East Fulbright from I-A industrial to C-3 commercial at its meeting Monday night.