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It’s no secret that good roads are vital to community growth. As the Executive Director of the Northeast Arkansas Regional Intermodal, I see first-hand how important infrastructure is to industry recruitment, jobs and overall economic health of rural areas.

As we mark National Fire Prevention Week, designated as Oct. 4-10, it is a good time to be both thankful for the local fire departments that work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and mindful of the work that we as individuals can do to help prevent fires and protect our families, as well.

The phone rings, I pick it up, “Times Dispatch, this is Gretchen ...” There is silence on the other end, I know it is a robot calling, so I hang up as fast as I can.

Renovation of the Smithville Community Center began in the spring of 1991, made possible by a $140,000 grant from the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. The building was originally constructed in 1936 as the Smithville School House under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) progr…

The clock is ticking on the 2020 Census and time is running out. We’re one week out from the Sept. 30 response deadline and communities across Northeast Arkansas are trailing behind.

One of many services provided by the Lawrence County Extension Service is ballot issue education. Staff Chair Bryce Baldridge mentioned this service at Monday night’s Quorum Court meeting and shared the following with The TD to help educate our readers:

The Times Dispatch has always been blessed with many contributing writers, guest writers and news sources who submit information to help keep our readers informed.

First National Bank of Lawrence County built a branch location in front of the old Walmart on Highway 67 in Walnut Ridge in 1974. A year later, they built the three-story bank on Main Street. The branch location was served only by tellers until the mid 1990s when a drive-thru ATM was install…

A new resource for pre-World War II news articles pertaining to Walnut Ridge and Hoxie is available online, and Edward Harthorn shared some excerpts from some of the notable articles found on the new Walnut Ridge and Hoxie Online Archive website.

After months of proclaiming that a new website was on its way, The Times Dispatch online made its transition.

There comes a time, or probably multiple times, in our lives when we simply have to do what is necessary, even if it isn’t what we want to do.

One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing people share clippings of articles or photos from The Times Dispatch on Facebook or getting a phone call or email from someone who has enjoyed something they have read in The TD.

Life it seems is always changing and rearranging, and there has been no shortage of examples of that so far in 2020.

As COVID-19 continues to impact Lawrence County, the state and the nation, Lawrence County Election Commission Chair Judy Verkler said voters should be assured that preparations are being made to provide a save voting experience.

This photo, taken in October of 1988, shows the old Powhatan Post Office building, with the Powhatan Courthouse in background. The photo was taken about a month after Freda Richey, postmaster at the time, said they moved into the new building between the Methodist Church and the Schoolhouse …

Driving back and forth from Paragould to Walnut Ridge, I am quite familiar with the work that is underway to wide Highway 412 in Greene and Lawrence counties.

An estimated crowd of 2,000 people attended the 1984 Skil picnic where food, games, horse drawn wagon rides and prize giveaways were part of the day. Frank Saterfiel (center) announces one of the winners of a paid day of vacation. Gaylon Crain, operations manager, is to the left of Saterfiel…