Some residents in Pemiscot County, Missouri may have felt an earthquake Friday morning.
12/02/2016 10:16 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A-State graduate Fernanda Pereda talks about how her time in Jonesboro has prepared her to work in Student Affairs at our Querétaro campus.
11/29/2016 3:00 PM
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
11/29/2016 12:00 AM
A spirited debate over Craighead County’s proposed nepotism ordinance. The full ordinance defines that family members would not be allowed to work with each other under a nepotism policy that is being debated by the Justices of the Peace. The ordinance would also require that county workers disclose any business the county does with a family member of a county worker…and it deals with potential conflicts of interest. The justices for the ordinance say such a policy is needed when dealing with taxpayer money. Those against the policy say they don’t see anything wrong with supervisors in the county hiring who they want, especially if more qualified employees might be family members. The ordinance was brought up for its first reading last night and will be considered two more times before justices decide whether to approve it or not. In other business, Jim Agan was selected to serve five years on the Craighead County Nursing Home Board. The county also finalized and passed a Hazard
11/28/2016 7:32 PM
Arkansas State University is using the current salary threshold in determining who is eligible for overtime. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Lori Winn says last week’s preliminary injunction from a federal court is what is behind the move. The new Fair Labor Standards Act, which would have been enacted this week, would require that salaried employees making under 47-thousand dollars would be eligible for overtime. The new rules would have required those employees to clock in and clock out of a new Time Tracker System. Arkansas State is currently reviewing the exemption status of workers in accordance to the current labor act, which sets salary thresholds at $23,660. Here is the complete statement from Winn: To all employees, Last week, a federal court granted a preliminary injunction nationwide to halt the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules that were set to go into effect this week. Specifically, the preliminary injunction prevents the implementation of the
11/28/2016 6:57 PM
As winter and the holiday season draws even closer, travel writer Kim Williams has a variety of events to put you in the Christmas spirit. From bird watching to ice skating, or just seeing a show, Williams has the perfect event for you and your family. First, Williams discusses a scientific phenomena that occurs annually here in Arkansas. Bird lovers will want to check this out. Williams also has a magical holiday experience for visitors, with ice skating, carriage rides, and more. Williams also has information on where you can relax and watch your favorite Peanut, Charlie Brown, in a Christmas special, or watching a holiday classic live on stage. Finally, Williams has a perfect event for music lovers and fans of mountains. Marvel at the beauty of the natural state while listening to your favorite classical Christmas carols. Featured stops in this episode include Heber Springs, Batesville, Searcy, Little Rock, and Mountain View.
11/28/2016 10:14 AM
Officials from A-State and ASUCQ hold a press conference in Querétaro to announce that the campus is now accepting applications for admission.
11/27/2016 8:26 PM