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Rhule named Baylor Head Coach

Rhule named Baylor Head Coach

Baylor University has named Matt Rhule as its new head football coach. In a release from the university, Rhule will take over as the 27th head coach for the university. He is expected to be named to the post tomorrow. Arkansas State Head Football Coach Blake Anderson's name was reportedly in the running for the position. Anderson has a contract extension at Arkansas State that will pay him $700,000 a year through 2019. He has won two Sun Belt Championships while at the helm at the Red Wolves. Arkansas State plays in the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 17th at 4:30. The game will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

12/06/2016 12:11 PM

Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 10

Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 10

JONESBORO — A record 1,405 students will receive diplomas at Arkansas State University’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Convocation Center, 201 Olympic Drive. The number of graduates surpasses the previous mark of 1,350 in the 2012 December graduation.

12/06/2016 11:00 AM

Grant to Help Backpack Program

Grant to Help Backpack Program

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas announced today that it will use a $10,989.94 grant received from the Red Nose Day Fund to support children at risk of hunger through its Backpack Program. This latest contribution from Red Nose Day will impact more than 1,000 children in need in Northeast Arkansas. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to end child poverty, supporting programs that help to keep kids safe, healthy, and educated. The grant for the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is one of 200 provided this year by the Red Nose Day Fund to Feeding America® member food banks. The mission of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas’ Backpack Program is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school holidays. “Research shows that children who experience hunger face significant stress and challenges that can have a lasting effect on their physical, cognitive, and

12/06/2016 10:37 AM

Fall Commencement at A-State is Saturday

Fall Commencement at A-State is Saturday

A record 1,405 students will receive diplomas at Arkansas State University’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Convocation Center, 201 Olympic Drive. The number of graduates surpasses the previous mark of 1,350 in the 2012 December graduation. Dr. Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research will confer degrees on the group that includes 717 undergraduates and 688 graduate students representing six colleges: Agriculture, Engineering and Technology; Business; Education and Behavioral Science; Liberal Arts and Communication; Nursing and Health Professions; and Sciences and Mathematics. The class includes 58 students receiving honors who met the criteria: 35 cum laude (3.60-3.79 grade point average overall and institutional), 22 magna cum laude (3.80-3.99 GPA) and one summa cum laude (4.00 GPA). Cody Hutchison of Jonesboro will provide remarks on behalf of the graduating class. Hutchison has earned a degree with a double

12/06/2016 10:33 AM

Local Tech Company Purchases Former Hays Clothing Store Building

Local Tech Company Purchases Former Hays Clothing Store Building

A locally-based technology company specializing in solutions for correctional facilities is moving into the former location of Hays Clothing Store in Jonesboro.

12/06/2016 10:13 AM

Blake Anderson to Baylor?

Blake Anderson to Baylor?

Could Blake Anderson be coaching at Baylor soon? Several media reports say that could happen, as Anderson is said to be in negotiations to be the next head coach of the Bears. Anderson has signed a contract extension that would pay him $700,000 a year through 2019. Anderson has won two Sun Belt Conference Championships while the coach of the Red Wolves. He is 23-15 with Arkansas State. Arkansas State University says they will hold a press conference soon about the upcoming AutoNation Cure Bowl on December 17th. The bowl game takes place in Orlando, Florida at 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

12/06/2016 9:52 AM

Senator Boozman Addresses Listener's Concerns and Trumps Picks

Senator Boozman Addresses Listener's Concerns and Trumps Picks

KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Senator John Boozman about a listener's concerns over the Affordable Care Act's repeal, the future of Social Security, and Citizens United. He also talks about President-Elect Donald Trump's picks for cabinet positions. Click on the Listen button.

12/06/2016 8:40 AM

Arkansas High School Students to Compete at Annual Communication Day

Arkansas High School Students to Compete at Annual Communication Day

JONESBORO — High school students from across Arkansas will test their communication skills and talents in the 79th Communication Day, Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Arkansas State University. With the addition of new competitions, this edition of Communication Day promises to be the best yet and offers students more opportunities to win awards.

12/05/2016 1:30 PM

Holidays Shows and Old-Fashioned Christmas -12/09 Weekend

Holidays Shows and Old-Fashioned Christmas -12/09 Weekend

Get in the holiday spirit with Travel Writer Kim Williams! Williams has a variety of fun holiday activities for the whole family this weekend, including music (and dancing), parades, and celebrating Christmas the old fashioned way. For those interested in viewing a holiday classic right here in Arkansas, Williams has information on a performance of the Nutcracker in a Little Rock theatre. Music lovers will also enjoy a show combining caroling and the wonders of nature in Mountain View. Families can enjoy an old fashioned Christmas, featuring old-timey crafts, food, and fun! Williams has the details of this annual celebration. Plus, another Christmas celebration at a Holiday Open House at an Arkansas State Park. You won't want to miss all these and more, including over 60 communities participating in a state-wide trail of holiday lights. Featured stops in this episode include Little Rock, Powhatan, Batesville, and Mountain View.

12/05/2016 1:00 PM

Crowley's Ridge Development Council Opens Small Town, Non Profit Support Center

Crowley's Ridge Development Council Opens Small Town, Non Profit Support Center

Working as an intern for the Delta Center for Economic Development at Arkansas State University years ago, Hannah Barnett developed a passion for writing grants for local organizations."I fell in love with the aspect of indirectly getting to help these people that need it, because I was helping them get money to do what they do," Barnett said.In October 2016, when she was offered a position to coordinate the new Center for Non Profit and Small Town Support, she saw an opportunity to use her passion to help more people.The Crowley's Ridge Development Council launched the center in November 2016 at their main headquarters in Jonesboro. Barnett said the main goal of the center is to help institutions focus more on achieving their mission without worrying about the typical administrative duties and costs. "We work as the support arm for our non-profits and small towns so that they can directly deliver their mission,” said Barnett. "A lot of times, Non-profit Executives wear many hats. Our

12/05/2016 9:05 AM

The Herald Celebrates 95 Years

The Herald Celebrates 95 Years

Arkansas State University's student-run publication The Herald has been printing papers for 95 years. A special celebration of this event is taking place at Arkansas State University. Two interviews can be listened to that explains the importance of The Herald, especially in a time where print media is facing significant challenges.

12/05/2016 8:39 AM

A-State Football Accepts Cure Bowl Invitation

A-State Football Accepts Cure Bowl Invitation

JONESBORO, Ark. (12/4/16) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that its Sun Belt Conference champion football team has accepted an official invitation to play in the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. (CT), when it will face American Athletic Conference member UCF. The Red Wolves, making a school-record sixth consecutive bowl-game appearance, will face the Knights at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., in a CBS Sports Network-televised game. A-State will be making its first appearance in the Cure Bowl, which played its inaugural game last year, and competing in its 14th all-time bowl game. “The Cure Bowl is in an outstanding location, and we are excited for everyone associated with our program to experience a new bowl game in one of the most visited parts of the United States,” said A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir. “I am very familiar with the state of Florida and UCF, so I know this will be both a great

12/05/2016 6:56 AM

2.9 Magnatude Earthquake Detected in Caruthersville MO

2.9 Magnatude Earthquake Detected in Caruthersville MO

Some residents in Pemiscot County, Missouri may have felt an earthquake Friday morning.

12/02/2016 10:16 AM

2 Northeast Arkansas Cities Named Among Saftest In the State

2 Northeast Arkansas Cities Named Among Saftest In the State

Walnut Ridge and Corning are among Arkansas's top 20 safest cities. In an annual report released Tuesday on Safewise.com, Corning was ranked number 14 with about 4 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and around 17 property crimes per 1,000 residents. Walnut Ridge came in at number 16 with 3 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and nearly 20 property crimes per 1,000 residents. SafeWise analyst Caoline Maurer told the NEA Report that majority of the 20 cities on the list were also on the list last year. Greenbrier remained as Arkansas' safest city for its second consecutive year. The rankings on the SafeWise report are based on the most recent 2014 FBI Crime Report Statistics for cities with over 3,000 residents. The report has been featured in The Huffington Post and Angie's List.

12/02/2016 9:53 AM

Classical Guitarist Thibaut Garcia to Perform in Concert

Classical Guitarist Thibaut Garcia to Perform in Concert

The Department of Music at Arkansas State University will host classical guitarist Thibaut Garcia, the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition winner, in concert Tuesday, Dec. 6.

12/02/2016 8:45 AM

Two Jonesboro Police Officers Win Award for Heroic Act

Two Jonesboro Police Officers Win Award for Heroic Act

This release from the Jonesboro Police Department, courtesy of Paul Holmes. Two Jonesboro police officers have been chosen as the winners of the Stop the Bleeding Foundation’s inaugural “Save a Life Award.” The Stop the Bleeding Foundation, a non-profit organization, was begun by Dr. Spencer Guinn of Jonesboro, an orthopedic surgeon who has combat surgery experience with the United States Army in Iraq. Sgt. Trey Dupuy and Cpl. Jason Chester were recognized for their efforts to save the life of a teenager trapped for hours in a drainage structure below a Jonesboro street when torrential rains and flooding struck the area on May 24. The officers were cited for their “heroic actions in the direct rescue” of the teen. “Your diligence and timing were both crucial and, without question, saved a life,” the inscriptions on the award plaques read. IThe Foundation’s motto is “See something. Do Something. Save a life.” The Foundation provides life-saving medical training and equipment to law

12/02/2016 8:01 AM

"More Sidewalks Needed in Jonesboro!" Citizens Say

"More Sidewalks Needed in Jonesboro!" Citizens Say

Sidewalks are a must for all future construction in Jonesboro. That was the message the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Commission received from concerned citizens in a recent meeting. For over an hour, citizens pleaded with commissioners to require developers to make sidewalks part of their building plans. The commissioners were considering ordinance changes to forward to the Jonesboro City Council about rezoning and sidewalks. In the 1960’s, codes required sidewalks, but those regulations were relaxed and sidewalks were no longer required, which led to many areas of Jonesboro without sidewalks. Bill Smith addressed this concern during the meeting Tuesday night. "I think that a lot of us see this as an excuse that has been used over the many years that since sidewalks were not build, they didn't need to be built in the future," said Smith. "For 37 years, a large part of Jonesboro has been built without sidewalks and we are saying that it is time for a change." The need for sidewalks

12/02/2016 7:47 AM

Jonesboro Christmas Parade 2016 Route Map, Road Closures

Jonesboro Christmas Parade 2016 Route Map, Road Closures

The 69th Annual Jonesboro Christmas Parade is set for Thursday night. Jonesboro Jaycees has released a map of the parade route which can be seen below: The parade route will begin at the Main St/W Cherry Ave intersection and move north to W. Huntington. The route will then go west on Huntington and then go south on Union St. until ending at the W. Oak Ave intersection. Other roadways in the area will be used for staging and may be closed. Those roads are: South Church St. between East Matthews Ave and East Cherry Ave.Buffalo Ave.East Oak Ave. between South Church St. and Cobb St.East Cherry Ave. from South Main St. to Cobb St.South Main St. from Cherry Ave. to Elm Ave.South Church St. between East Cherry Ave. and East Nettleton Ave.The theme of the parade is "A Downhome Country Christmas" and will be held in Downtown Jonesboro on Thursday, December 1st at 7pm.

11/30/2016 9:40 AM

Run off election totals for Craighead County

Run off election totals for Craighead County

Here are the final results from the run off election that took place today in Craighead County. These are all Alderman's races that took place in the cities of Black Oak, Brookland, Jonesboro, and Monette. In Black Oak, for Alderman Position 1 , Tim Jones defeats Daniel Carmichael 19-16 votes. For Brookland Ward 3, Position 1, Martin Crane defeats Melinda Burcham 46-44 votes. For Jonesboro Ward 2, Position 2, Gene Vance defeats Terry Sharp 832-562 votes. For Monette, Ward 1, Position 2, Kristian Nuckles defeats Tracey Yates Thompson 100-25 votes. These numbers are unofficial and will be certified in 10 days.

11/29/2016 9:21 PM

Massey Earns Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

Massey Earns Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad

JONESBORO – Hannah Massey, a junior electrical engineering major at Arkansas State University, has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. She is an Honors College student, and she was also awarded an Honors Experience Grant of $2,000 for her upcoming study abroad.

11/29/2016 6:00 PM

Writers Participate in Fall Retreat

Writers Participate in Fall Retreat

PIGGOTT — Eleven talented writers recently came together to hone their skills at the annual Fall Writers’ Retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC). The HPMEC is the site where acclaimed novelist Ernest Hemingway penned much of his iconic novel A Farewell to Arms.

11/29/2016 5:45 PM

Arkansas Legislature Debates Campus Carry Bill after Ohio State University Attack

Arkansas Legislature Debates Campus Carry Bill after Ohio State University Attack

The ever-increasing Republican majority in Arkansas has a shot a passing some legislation that a toehold of Democrats managed to hold-off, or at least mitigate on occasion in the last session. Member station KUAR reports, Arkansas State Representative Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) has plans to expand the scope of second amendment rights on college campuses. It comes amid renewed discussion because of an incident Monday at Ohio State University. While the incident was initially reported as an active shooter, it turned out the man was armed with a knife, injuring eight people. In 2013, the Arkansas Legislature passed a law to allow faculty and staff with concealed carry permits at colleges and universities to be armed on campus. However, each institution could opt-out of the law. Since then, every institution of higher education has opted-out of the law, continuing the ban of firearms on campuses. Collins told KUAR that after the events in Ohio, he wants to mandate that universities

11/29/2016 3:50 PM

Jonesboro A&P Commissioner Thom Beasley dies

Jonesboro A&P Commissioner Thom Beasley dies

The Chairman of the Jonesboro A&P Commission was found dead in his home. Thom Beasley was on the commission for the past 10 years, and was instrumental in bringing a convention center to Jonesboro. The City of Jonesboro released a statement from Mayor Harold Perrin regarding the death of Jonesboro businessman and Advertising and Promotions chairman Thom Beasley: “I was saddened to hear the news about Thom. Thom was a good friend and a true public servant of the City of Jonesboro who tried to help everyone he could. My prayers and thoughts are with his family, as well as his associates at Farm Bureau.” Beasley was a member of the A&P Commission for 10 years. He started in June 2006 and was appointed chairman in November 2012. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.

11/29/2016 2:07 PM