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Jonesboro Economic Development Commission launches 5-year economic development plan

The Jonesboro Economic Development Commission is launching a strategic plan with the goal of bringing more jobs to the region.  Over two-thousand residents participated in surveys and focus groups as part of a five-month study conducted by Avalanche Consulting, Inc. of Austin, Texas.  President and CEO of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Mark Young tells why this was necessary.“We are excited about the plan.  As we move forward, it is important for us to have a plan in place as we continue to grow this plan from an economic standpoint.”

09/02/2015 12:25 PM

September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month.  The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is joining food banks across the nation in a month-long initiative called “Spoontember”.  Mary Beasley is with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

09/02/2015 8:11 AM

Jonesboro City Council to decide on proposed sales tax, student housing soon

A proposed 20 million dollar student housing complex that would be located on East Johnson Avenue near Arkansas State University is getting further consideration by the Jonesboro City Council.  Representatives from Zimmer Development Company said they plan to place several buildings on 15 acres of land on East Johnson Avenue. The new development would be called University Woods and would be built in two phases.

09/02/2015 6:35 AM

A-State's nursing program named to Top 10 list

The nursing program at Arkansas State University has been selected as one of the top 10 collegiate programs in the eastern region of the United States and the highest ranked program in Arkansas, NurseJournal.org has announced. Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was recently notified of the award.

09/01/2015 11:40 AM

New Education Renewal Zone Director Appointed at A-State

The new director of the Education Renewal Zone at Arkansas State University is focused on preparations for an event this week involving the Every Child is Ours organization. Jill Clogston has been busy during her first few weeks getting the ERZ priorities solidified for the new school year.

09/01/2015 8:30 AM

Anderson: "We are ready for USC"

Head Coach of Arkansas State University says USC's Trojans will present a great challenge for his Red Wolves, but it will also present a great opportunity this Saturday night.  You can hear the entire press conference featuring Coach Anderson by clicking the Listen button.

09/01/2015 5:12 AM

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09/01/2015 12:00 AM

Arkansas' Congressional Delegation announces funding for area airports

Courtesy of Arkansas' Congressional Delegation:U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman today announced that 13 Arkansas airports will receive $8.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to support facility upgrades and expansions."Airports are important to growth and development in Arkansas communities.  Investments to our infrastructure will better serve the economic needs of our state and facilitate commerce and job creation,” members said.

08/31/2015 1:17 PM

New Executive Director named for Arkansas Democrats

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:The Democratic Party of Arkansas named Ted Dick as its new executive director, replacing long-time current ED Candace Martin, who is moving out of state.Dick has served as executive director of the Montana Democratic Party and he headed the Olympia, Washington-based Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.

08/31/2015 10:50 AM

Construction could start this fall on Jonesboro hotel and conference center

Financing has been approved for Jonesboro to land a hotel and convention center.  The City of Jonesboro announced in a press release the Keller Family of Effingham, Illinois, has secured funding of the multi-million dollar project, which would be located at the site of the former Arkansas Department of Human Services building on Highway 63.  Plans are for a 152-room Hyatt Place Hotel and Conference Center to be constructed.  Ground work could start in as little as 30 days.  First Community Bank is reportedly financing the project.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says

08/31/2015 6:32 AM

A-State track alum Sharika Nelvis finishes 8th in World Championships

Arkansas State track and field alum Sharika Nelvis was one of two Americans to qualify for the final of the 100-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Friday at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.Nelvis, who finishes second in 12.56 seconds in the semifinal earlier Friday, stumbled over the final hurdle and crossed the line eighth in 13.01 seconds.

08/28/2015 9:57 AM

Jacksonport State Park to celebrate 50th birthday

A 50th birthday celebration takes place tomorrow at Jacksonport State Park near Newport.  Superintendent of Jacksonport State Park is Mark Ballard.

08/28/2015 8:17 AM


ASU Board of Trustees Approves $12.6 Million Wilson Hall Renovation



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees today approved a $12.6 million plan to renovate and modernize the historic Wilson Hall on the Arkansas State campus in Jonesboro. New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine will lease Wilson Hall, formerly home to the A-State College of Humanities, for use as an additional instructional site for its medical students. NYIT has said it plans to open the site in August 2016.

08/27/2015 3:00 PM

$12.8 million renovation approved at Wilson Hall for DO school

Extensive renovation work is taking place at the site of the state’s new osteopathic medical school.  The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved financing the massive renovation of Wilson Hall on the campus of Arkansas State University.  The project is expected to cost 12-point-eight-million-dollars.  The Board approved an eight million dollar loan that would be short term, in that it would not exceed eight years.  The remaining four-point-four million dollars would come from money from Arkansas State University and the New York Institute of Technology, whi

08/27/2015 11:56 AM

Three Exhibitions Opening at Bradbury, Thursday, Aug. 27

A reception for arts patrons will mark the opening of three new exhibitions at Bradbury Art Museum in Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr., Thursday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The exhibitions continue through Sunday, Sept. 27.

08/27/2015 9:30 AM

University and Community Choir Rehearsals Start Aug. 31

Rehearsals of the University-Community Choir start soon at Arkansas State University. The group, which is inviting new members to participate, will be singing Handel’s "Messiah" with orchestra this term.

08/27/2015 9:15 AM

Cooksey: Arkansas State University's academic restructuring will mean more faculty hires

Arkansas State University is moving toward academic restructuring in Jonesboro.  If approved by the ASU Board of Trustees in December, the restructure would take effect July 1.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Cooksey about why this is necessary and what it will mean for the university.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

08/27/2015 7:23 AM

Jonesboro Finance Committee forwards several projects to city council

The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance Committee forwarded several items to the full council for next week’s meeting.  Among those items is an agreement for the 2015 Outdoor Recreation Grant Program, which would be used at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.  The grant would allow for outdoor workout stations located along the two mile trail that surrounds the lake at Craighead Forest Park, as well as bike racks and other amenities.  Pending approval by the full council, work on making additions to the park could start as early as this year.  Other resolutions include a 20

08/27/2015 6:13 AM

Big River Steel's new CEO gives update to lawmakers

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:Big River Steel has pre-sold nearly a quarter of the steel it is expected to produce over the next seven years, the company’s CEO told a legislative committee Wednesday.Dave Stickler spoke to the House and Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees during a meeting at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.

08/27/2015 5:15 AM