Counties

Lawrence County

Lawrence County was created on January 15, 1815, by the Missouri Legislature, which had jurisdiction over the region until Arkansas became a territory in 1819. The county was named for Capt. James Lawrence, a naval officer killed in the War of 1812. Walnut Ridge is the county seat. The landscape of Lawrence County is flat-topped rolling hills in the western half and flat fertile delta river bottomland in the eastern half. The economy is made up of agriculture, with rice, soybeans, and milo as leading crops. Cattle, poultry, and light manufacturing also contribute to the economy. There are three highways that make it convenient to ship in and out of the county. Three rivers — the Strawberry, Spring, and Black — flow through the county. Lake Charles and Lake Charles State Park offer fishing, hiking, picnicking and water sports. The park consists of 645 acres with campsites scattered among the trees. The Shirey Bay-Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area is a 10,500 acre tract between the Strawberry and Black rivers and is managed primarily for water fowl. It also has excellent fishing. Thirty-one of the state’s present counties were carved from the original Lawrence County. The original courthouse was at Powhatan and was destroyed by fire in 1885. The archives were saved because they were stored in a stone vault. They now are a part of the Powhatan State Park Museum’s regional archive. In 1963 the two districts at Powhatan and Walnut Ridge were consolidated. Some of the Arkansas' oldest records written by quill with homemade ink are now stored at the abandoned 1888 courthouse in Powhatan.

315 W. Main
Walnut Ridge 72476

(870) 886-1110

County Judge
John Thomison
Phone: (870) 886-1110
Fax: (870) 886-1125
lawjudge644@gmail.com

County Clerk
Tina Stowers
Phone: (870) 886-1111
Fax: (870) 886-1122
lawrenceclerk@
arkansasclerks.com

County Circuit Clerk
Michelle Evans
Phone: (870) 886-1112
Fax: (870) 886-1128
lawcocircuit@yahoo.com

County Sheriff
Jeff Yates
Phone: (870) 886-2525
Fax: (870) 886-9744
jyates@lawrencecounty
sheriffsoffice.com

County Treasurer
Marilyn Crafton
Phone: (870) 886-1116
Fax: (870) 886-1117
lawcotre@yahoo.com

County Collector
Stephanie Harris
Phone: (870) 886-1114
Fax: (870) 886-9871
lawcotax@yahoo.com

County Assessor
Becky Holder
Phone: (870) 886-1135
Fax: (870) 886-5904
lawcoassessor@yahoo.com

County Coroner
Robert Warden
Phone: (870) 886-3434
Fax: (870) 886-3678
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Justices of the Peace
William "Bill" Powell, Donald Richey, Lloyd Clark, Heath Davis, Ernest Briner, Ronald Ingram, Tracy Moore, Kenny Jones, Alex A. Latham

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