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The Lawrence County Quorum Court updated the county’s personnel policy at Monday night’s meeting.

When he took the office of third division circuit judge for the third judicial district, Adam Weeks became the first Lawrence County resident to serve as circuit judge in 130 years.

The Times Dispatch is holding a Readers’ Choice contest to give readers the opportunity to select the “best of the best” in Lawrence County in a side range of categories.

The following is part two of a compilation of some of the highlights from The Times Dispatch’s coverage of 2020.

A one-vehicle accident on Friday resulted in the death of Thunder Tye Finney, 22, of Black Rock.

The North Delta Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced $6,100 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits benefiting Randolph, Lawrence and Clay counties. These inaugural grant awards were presented in December.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 climbed again this week in Lawrence County, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp received confirmation Monday from Gov. Asa Hutchinson that the city has been awarded an Outdoor Recreation Grant from the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism for 2021.

The Walnut Ridge City Council adopted the 2021 budget for the city at its Dec. 21 meeting with a total projected income of $3,183,661 and total projected expenses of $3,042,117.

The following is part one of a compilation of some of the highlights from The Times Dispatch’s coverage of 2020.

Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced his intent to appoint several prosecuting attorneys, including Ryan Cooper as the Third Judicial District prosecuting attorney.

The Lawrence County Quorum Court approved essential worker pay for county employees who were not part of the county’s furlough from March through August.

Michelle Sheets with the Lawrence County Clerk’s office passes presents for this year’s Angle Tree project to Dustin Norris with Rent One. Rent One transported the gifts from the courthouse to the Lawrence County Meeting Room where a drive-through distribution was held on Thursday. A total o…

The Walnut Ridge Airport Commission voted at its Dec. 15 meeting to hire Lance Owens, an attorney out of Jonesboro to handle collections issues for the airport.

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Lawrence County over the past week saw a dip with only 76 being added to the numbers compared to 91 new cases the week before.

The Junior Auxiliary of Lawrence County Crown Club hosted its annual Breakfast with Santa event on Saturday at the First Baptist Church MAC building.

At its December meeting, the Hoxie City Council accepted a bid for roof repair to the City Hall building after it was damaged earlier this year during a storm.

Cole Manning was among members of the Bobcat baseball team who held their first practice at the new baseball and softball complex on the Walnut Ridge School campus on Thursday.

The Board of Trustees at Williams Baptist University welcomed U.S. Sen. John Boozman to their regularly scheduled meeting on Friday.

The Hoxie City Council held a special meeting in November to consider an ordinance establishing a no-fly zone over the city’s sewer pond and to discuss asphalt work in the city.

Boyce and Pat Dixon of Walnut Ridge have been selected by the Board of Preserve Arkansas to receive the 2020 Excellence in Personal Projects Award for the work they did to preserve a 1926 home located at 120 West Poplar.

Discharge from the armed services is, by definition, a life-changing experience, so the state of Arkansas has launched a one-stop website of resources, HomeBase, both to ease the transition from military to civilian and to support its veterans.

Lawrence County saw 81 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death reported by the Arkansas Department of Health over the past week.

The Highway 412 bypass at Light opened on Nov. 23 as part of the highway-widening project between Highway 141 in Greene County and Highway 67 in Lawrence County.

The active case count for COVID-19 has remained steady at around 100 cases for the past few weeks, with 65 new cases added this week, following a 70-case increase the week prior.

City of Walnut Ridge employees John Stalnaker (left) and Joe Sharum attach a bow to one of the wreaths that adorn the lampposts on Main Street in Walnut Ridge. The new wreaths and garland were added last year as part of a campaign spearheaded by the Downtown Walnut Ridge organization.

The Lawrence County Quorum Court met in special session on Thursday to consider the budget for the coming year.

Jane Reaves marked 50 years with First National Bank last week, having started in the bookkeeping department on Nov. 17, 1970.

The City of Walnut Ridge has announced plans for a reverse Christmas parade to be held at Stewart Park on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m.

The Lawrence County Angel Tree Committee has announced that the 2020 Angel Tree project, an effort to provide children from lower-income families gifts for the holiday, is underway.

Copies of a proposed 2021 budget were distributed at Monday night’s Walnut Ridge City Council meeting for members to review prior to the December meeting.

Lawrence County has seen 70 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths during the past week, according to information reported by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Workers use machinery to turn approximately 15 train cars that were blown over in Hoxie during Saturday night’s storm back onto the tracks on Sunday. Other damage reported from the storm included downed trees.