New Book Published on Walnut Ridge & Hoxie

“Images of America: Walnut Ridge & Hoxie,” a new book by local authors Jon Walter and James Whitlow, has been published and will be released January 26, 2016.

The authors have announced their first book signing, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Imagine, 201 West Main, in downtown Walnut Ridge. Books will be available to purchase there, or for those who have preordered books online and selected to pickup “locally,” their books can be picked up that evening.

The book is a photographic history of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie and contains over 200 images spanning the first 100 years of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie with detailed and well-researched captions.

Order the book here (100% of proceeds will benefit LCHS projects)

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Chamber celebrates Lawrence County’s 200th anniversary

This year’s Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet paid tribute to the 200th anniversary of Lawrence County. The theme was “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Celebrating Lawrence County 1815-2015.

The banquet, held Thursday evening at The Studio in downtown Walnut Ridge, featured Tom Dillard, who is one of Arkansas’ leading historians, who spoke about some of the county’s more colorful and interesting historic citizens.


John Andrews (left) of Walnut Ridge visits with Tom Dillard, who was the featured speaker at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Dillard is a well-known Arkansas historian, archivist and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Birthday cake, in the shape of Lawrence County, was served to the more than 125 attendees. Dr. Lisa Perry, archival manager from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan, displayed several documents from Lawrence County’s earlier history.

Prior to Dillard’s speech, Jon Walter read a proclamation from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The proclamation recognized the 200th anniversary of Lawrence County.


Viewing historic Lawrence County documents at the chamber banquet are (from left): James Whitlow, Jon Walter, and Dr. Lisa Perry, who brought the documents from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan, where she is archival manager. TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Read the entire article at the Times Dispatch


Arkansas Historical Association Annual Awards

Anyone interested in submitting books, essays, manuscripts, journal articles, etc… for consideration for an award while you’re cooped up for the winter months? Most have to be submitted by Feb 2014, details at the following link.