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Like most large gathering events, the Portia Picnic was canceled in 2020, but organizers have announced plans for the event to be held in 2021.

The Board of Trustees at Williams Baptist University approved the school’s budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year Friday, April 9. The board, meeting in regular session on the WBU campus, also gave its approval to the 2021 graduating class, voted to add new members to the university’s Foundation…

Junior Auxiliary members (from left) Angie Abbott, Sherri Thomas and Blythe Sloan shop for shoes for students in Lawrence County’s four school districts. Purchasing shoes for school children is just one of the organization’s projects to help children and families in the county.

With many in Arkansas having received their vaccinations and the mask mandate having been lifted, the numbers for COVID-19 in Lawrence County remain low with only six new cases reported in the last week.

A one-vehicle accident on Sunday afternoon at Strawberry resulted in the death of a juvenile, according to the fatal crash summary released by the Arkansas State Police.

Mike King with Blaine Davis Computing installs a security camera at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. Work is underway on several projects at the park, including replacing the beams in the large pavilion. Other projects planned include improvements to the swimming pool area and a new sign.

The number of COVID-19 cases reported for Lawrence County remains low this week, but is up after the county dipped to only two active cases a week ago.

Beatles at the Ridge organizers announced this week that plans have been made to hold the annual event in 2021, after a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Heidi Thomas (foreground), an art student at Williams Baptist University, and WBU Art Professor Sandy Baltz work on a mural at the Lawrence County Housing Agency office in Walnut Ridge. Baltz said her art class is working on the mural on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and she and Thomas were puttin…

Williams Baptist University has announced a transition among its leadership team highlighted by Dr. Andrew Watson and Angela Flippo, who have assumed new roles within the school.

The Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal Authority Board met last week and spent much of the meeting discussing the authority’s annual report for 2020.

Beautiful blooms frame the Startup Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge on Tuesday morning. Lawrence County has been enjoying warmer weather with the arrival of spring.

The COVID-19 case numbers in Lawrence County continue to go in the right direction as only one new case was reported during the past week and the current active case count stands at two cases.

The Hoxie City Council met in special session on March 23 and adopted a resolution regarding a grant for the Hoxie Police Department.

Courteney Wall-Sisk, county Extension agent for agriculture, is working to notify farmers who sent in restricted use pesticide applicator license renewals that a course is still required to complete the renewal.

Several apartments in Hoxie were destroyed by a fire early Monday morning, with personnel from several county fire departments responding to battle the blaze.

As the state of Arkansas prepares for the potential of the removal of the statewide mask mandate at the end of the month, Lawrence County’s active case count reached single digits this week.

The Walnut Ridge City Council passed two resolutions regarding grant funding for the police department at a special meeting on Thursday.

Volunteer Firefighter Anthony Farmer steps off the Walnut Ridge Fire Department’s recently-purchased 2005 Spartan Crimson Gladiator 75” Quint ladder truck, which comes equipped with a 350-gallon water tank and a 1500-gallon-per-minute pump. The Walnut Ridge City Council approved purchasing t…

The Walnut Ridge City Council voted to purchase a 2005 Spartan Crimson Gladiator 75” Quint fire truck at its meeting on Monday night.

The Walnut Ridge City Council met in special session Monday evening at 5:45, prior to the regular monthly meeting, to discuss bids received for the city’s new wastewater treatment facility.

The Hoxie City Council discussed several projects at its March 9 meeting, including adding sidewalks and lighting on Texas Street.

For the second week in a row the number of new cases of COVID-19 among Lawrence County residents remained in the single digits, however for the first time in several weeks a new COVID-related death was reported by the Arkansas Department of Health.

At its meeting Monday night, the Lawrence County Quorum Court received an update on medical bills for county employees that it is believed should have been covered by the county’s former insurance company.

With only eight new cases of COVID-19 reported among Lawrence County residents during the past week, the number of active cases continued to decline almost making it to single digits, as well.

A recent donation from Betty Smith of Morrilton will be used to create a new underage service exhibit at the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 among Lawrence County residents has remained steady over the past week, with the Arkansas Department of Health reporting 20 active cases on Tuesday.

The winter storm that Arkansas residents experienced last week was unlike anything that the state has seen in a long time. The temperatures that were blanketing the area were not only cold, but sustaining.

Walnut Ridge’s Bailey Augustine (right) and Hoxie’s Ellery Gillham jump for the tipoff during the championship game of the 3A-3 District Tournament at Mustang Gymansium on Saturday as Lady Mustang Jaecie Brown (#13) looks on. The Lady Mustangs came out on top, 62-42, to claim the district ti…

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide some financial relief to utilities stressed by extreme weather.

Ice, snow and freezing temperatures definitely had an impact in Lawrence County, but overall the county was fortunate according to County Judge John Thomison.

As the temperature dropped in Lawrence County over the past week, the number of COVID-19 cases continued to drop, as well.

Lawrence County will have Class IV dumpsters available March 8-13. The dumpsters are for non-household waste, such as appliances and furniture. No tires, shingles, building materials, etc. will be accepted.

Winter has struck in Lawrence County and the hits keep coming as a storm system dropped several inches of snow on Sunday and Monday while ice remained on the ground from a winter weather event last week.

An ongoing issue with a lease between the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission and the Scott Fetzer Company has resulted in the filing of a lawsuit by the city of Walnut Ridge.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 dipped below 50 this week, as the Arkansas Department of Health reported the county with 46 active cases as of Tuesday.

Josh Conlee, who recently began serving as board chairman for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging the organization to develop a new vision strategy in 2021.