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


High school graduations, which were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, were held at the four school districts in Lawrence County.

Tommy Holland, who served as mayor of Walnut Ridge for 20 years, died July 14. The city displayed a large American flag from the Walnut Ridge Fire Department ladder truck as his funeral possession passed on Highway 67B North.

An early morning fire destroyed two downtown buildings in downtown Walnut Ridge, including the Lawrence County Housing Authority office.


Southern Administrative Services representatives and local dignitaries announced and broke ground on a nearly $11-million nursing home development in Walnut Ridge.

Lawrence County Extension Homemakers Club member Elaine Stoll was presented with her 50-year membership award at the Arkansas EHC state meeting in Hot Springs.


Lawrence County and cities within the county learned they could be eligible for thousands of dollars in reimbursement through the CARES Act.

Walnut Ridge resident Anna Laura Long celebrated her 102nd birthday with several friends and relatives gathering in her yard to sing happy birthday to her.


The Lawrence County School District held the grand opening of the new Terry Belcher High School Gymnasium. The school board surprised Supt. Belcher by naming the gym in his honor.

The Imboden Volunteer Fire Department received notification that the town’s ISO rating would be dropping from a 3 to a 2.

The Jonesboro Police Department and family members confirmed that remains found Oct. 10 belonged to Hoxie native Lisa Prescott, who had been missing since 2018.


Sexton Pharmacy closed its doors after 134 years with the retirement of Stan Duckworth, owner for the past 31 years.

Strong winds toppled 15 train cars in Hoxie when a storm system hit Lawrence County.

Jane Reaves marked 50 years with First National Bank, having worked five years in bookkeeping and 45 years as a teller.


A reverse Christmas parade was held at Stewart Park, while all traditional parades in the county were canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lawrence County Angel Tree provided gifts for 279 children.

Walnut Ridge received notification that the city has been awarded a $146,281.22 grant for improvements at Stewart Park.

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