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Mayoral Candidate Interview: Nathan Coleman

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Nathan Coleman

As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Nathan Coleman as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.

09/27/2016 8:48 AM

Craighead County Justices ask for review of drainage districts

Craighead County Justices ask for review of drainage districts

The Craighead County Quorum Court is looking at how to improve drainage throughout the county. Justices of the Peace have asked Craighead County Judge Ed Hill to look at how to make all of the drainage districts in the county to be more effective. They say some districts work very well at raising money and using those funds to clear out ditches and work on drainage issues. Other districts are not that active and do not raise any funds. The Justices asked the judge to see if the districts could be consolidated and to also find out what authority the county has over those drainage districts. Additionally, Judge Hill says he will be reviewing the work the US Army Corps of Engineers is doing to try to clear out major drainage ditches, such as Big Bay ditch. Big Bay ditch has two sharp 90 degree angles, and it is one of the causes of water backing up into Jonesboro during flooding events. The ditch is located near the Craighead County and Poinsett County lines. Hill says he will make a

09/27/2016 7:31 AM

Strategic Communication Students Sweep Prism Awards

Strategic Communication Students Sweep Prism Awards

JONESBORO — Students from Arkansas State University’s strategic communication program swept the Prism Awards at the recent annual Arkansas Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) award ceremony at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. In all, there were 10 awarded and all 10 went to A-State entries.

09/26/2016 5:30 PM

Update on Jonesboro robbery; victim identified

Update on Jonesboro robbery; victim identified

Jonesboro Police detectives are continuing to investigate the armed robbery of employees of the Dollar Tree located at the corner of Nettleton Ave and Red Wolf Blvd that occurred last night around 9:30. It was reported that employees leaving the store for the night were confronted by an armed subject who demanded money. One of the employees, Assistant Manager Loretta Ann ‘Laurie’ Pixler, a 45 year old Jonesboro resident, was abducted at gunpoint and forced to drive away in her own vehicle, a black 4-door 2004 Hyundai Accent. It was later determined that Mrs Pixler was the victim of a pedestrian / vehicle accident on I555 near the Payneway exit. Mrs Pixler’s vehicle was also discovered in a ditch some distance away. Mrs Pixler’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab Medical Examiner’s Office to determine cause of death. Her vehicle was also escorted to the State Crime Lab for evidence processing by Crime Lab Investigators. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a dark

09/26/2016 3:08 PM

Jonesboro police search for suspect in armed robbery

Jonesboro police search for suspect in armed robbery

This press release courtesy of the Jonesboro Police Department: On 9/25/16 at approximately 9:30pm, Jonesboro Police were notified of the armed robbery of employees of the Dollar Tree located at the corner of Nettleton Ave and Red Wolf Blvd. An employee of the store told officers that a black male, armed with a handgun and wearing a dark short sleeve shirt and gray pants with a red bandanna over his face approached the two employees as they were leaving the store and demanded money. The suspect took the phone of one employee and forced the other employee into her own vehicle and forced her to drive away. The witness stated that he last saw the vehicle headed south on Red Wolf Blvd. As officers were searching for the victim and her vehicle, they were notified of a vehicle/pedestrian accident on I555, just south of Trumann. Poinsett County and Arkansas State Police responded to the accident and within a short amount of time, determined that the female victim was the victim from Dollar

09/26/2016 9:23 AM

Senator John Boozman talks Presidential Debate, Fiscal Issues

Senator John Boozman talks Presidential Debate, Fiscal Issues

In this Congressional interview, U.S. Senator John Boozman talks to KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the Presidential debate and election, fiscal issues, and a likely override of one of President Obama's veto. Listen to the entire interview above.

09/26/2016 9:11 AM

Rugby Defeats Lindenwood, 51-16

Rugby Defeats Lindenwood, 51-16

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s rugby team dominated Lindenwood-Belleville, 51-16, in college rugby Saturday afternoon. The victory ups the Red Wolves’ record to 2-0 on the fall season.

09/25/2016 5:30 PM

Fall Time Travel & Music Fun - Episode 9/24

Fall Time Travel & Music Fun - Episode 9/24

Travel Writer Kim Williams lets you in on a little secret in this episode of Traveling Arkansas... she LOVES Fall! In this episode she will highlight some fun activities in the Natural State that will help you fall in love with Fall in Arkansas, too. She highlights 2 opportunities to travel back in time and take part of some of the activities settlers have done way back when. If time travel is not your thing, Williams also shares with you 2 one-of-a-kind concerts taking place in the state. One of the concerts features a group who have toured Rock and Roll Highway 67. The other is a nice intimate concert held under the shade of an Oak Tree. Featured stops include St. Joe, Fairfield Bay, Hardy, and Mountain View.

09/24/2016 2:00 PM

Democrats Select John Thomison As Lawrence Co. Judge

Democrats Select John Thomison As Lawrence Co. Judge

Lawrence County Democrats have nominated a successor for the late Judge Dale Freeman. In a special election held on Thursday, John Thomison defeated Mary Freeman in a race to become county judge. Dale Freeman, who was the late husband of Mary Freeman, passed away Saturday and was currently serving as county judge. Because the 75-year old judge was running unopposed in the November election, Thomison automatically takes the seat and will win the November election. According to state law, Freeman’s name will remain on the ballot and all votes will go to Thomison. Mary Freeman congratulated Thomison for winning the election.

09/23/2016 10:47 AM

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Thomas Elwood

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Thomas Elwood

As part of the Jonesboro Mayoral Candidate Interview Series, you can listen to this entire interview with Thomas Elwood as he discusses issues concerning the city with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.

09/23/2016 9:06 AM

Medic One Gift Provides For Ambulance Simulator Lab

Medic One Gift Provides For Ambulance Simulator Lab

JONESBORO — Medic One Ambulance has provided Arkansas State University students a way for hands-on care and training with its $50,000 gift to the College of Nursing and Health Professions. The gift assisted in the purchase of an ambulance simulator lab.

09/22/2016 3:30 PM

Alumni Association Names Tim Brown, Scott Dawson and Lynda White as 2016 Distinguished Alumni

Alumni Association Names Tim Brown, Scott Dawson and Lynda White as 2016 Distinguished Alumni

The Arkansas State University Alumni Association announces the recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2016, which will be presented during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 15. This year’s honorees are Tim O. Brown of Jonesboro, Scott Dawson of Germantown, Tenn., and Lynda Heath Bryant White of Paragould. Each of these alumni has attained an outstanding record of professional and civic achievements, as well as giving extraordinary support to their alma mater. This is the 33rd year the association has recognized the university’s most outstanding alumni.

09/22/2016 1:00 PM

Mobius Trio to Perform in Riceland Series at Fowler Center

Mobius Trio to Perform in Riceland Series at Fowler Center

Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present Mobius Trio in concert on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Mobius Trio is an amazing trio of young classical guitarists who dazzle audiences with their artistry.

09/22/2016 11:45 AM

Mayoral Candidate Interview:  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin

Mayoral Candidate Interview: Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin participated in a Mayoral Candidate Interview with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

09/22/2016 9:12 AM

Lawrence County to Search for Judge Freeman's Successor

Lawrence County to Search for Judge Freeman's Successor

After the passing of Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman, officials will begin a search for a Democratic candidate to finish his term. The 75 year old judge was elected as county judge in 2010. Freeman was serving as county judge at the time of his passing and was running for reelection on the November ballot. Thursday, Lawrence county Democrats will convene to nominate a candidate to finish Freeman’s term. According to state law, the selected candidate will be ineligible to run a second term for the same position. The meeting will be held Thursday night at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

09/22/2016 5:58 AM

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

TYRONZA, Ark. — The Southern Tenant Farmers Museum, one of Arkansas State University’s Heritage Sites, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with several events, Thursday, Oct. 6.

09/21/2016 5:15 PM

Theatre Announces Cast and Crew for 'Vintage Hitchcock' Production

Theatre Announces Cast and Crew for 'Vintage Hitchcock' Production

Arkansas State University Theatre will present "Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play," a triple feature suspense by Joe Landry, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4. The production, under the direction of Jeff McLaughlin will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Black Box Theatre at Fowler Center.

09/21/2016 4:15 PM

'How People Make Things' is coming to ASU Museum

'How People Make Things' is coming to ASU Museum

Arkansas State University Museum’s newest exhibit, "How People Make Things," will be on display from Saturday, Oct. 8 until April 8, 2017. Inspired by the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood factory tours, this exhibit enables visitors to interactively experience four manufacturing processes — molding, die-cutting, deforming and assembly. These hands-on activities offer guests the opportunity to use real factory tools and machines to create interesting items.

09/21/2016 4:00 PM

VIDEO: Smith, Looney face off in State Representative District 58 race

VIDEO: Smith, Looney face off in State Representative District 58 race

Arkansas Works, Pre-K funding, poverty, higher education funding and more issues were discussed during a heated debate for the State Representative District 58 seat. Republican Representative Brandt Smith and Democratic challenger Nate Looney faced off during the hour-long debate. You can hear the story on the debate by clicking on the Listen button. You can view the entire debate below.

09/21/2016 3:29 PM

Jonesboro Awarded Grant to Enhance Police Enforcement

Jonesboro Awarded Grant to Enhance Police Enforcement

The City of Jonesboro has been awarded a grant totaling $31,353 for the purchase of computer software and computer hardware that will aid in facilitating more efficient police operations. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant provides funds to police departments to purchase technology related items. The grant was awarded by the Department of Justice. It will provide $16,934 for crash-data software that can aid investigations of traffic crashes and $14,419 for e-ticket equipment to be installed in 14 Jonesboro Police Department cruisers. “This is good for our city and assists our police force, and it’s another example of how we seek and acquire state and federal grants to supplement tax receipts,” Mayor Harold Perrin said. “We could never have all these things with sales tax dollars alone.” The purchase of mobile scanners and printers will jump-start the police department’s migration to the E-Ticket system that will decrease time at traffic stops. With this equipment, JPD

09/21/2016 11:38 AM

Eldridge talks Nat'l Security, Officer Involved Shootings, Education, and Agriculture with KASU News

Eldridge talks Nat'l Security, Officer Involved Shootings, Education, and Agriculture with KASU News

With the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, Conner Eldridge, Democratic challenger to U.S. Senator John Boozman, discusses with KASU's Johnathan Reaves how congress should address national security and Arkansas' roles in keeping America safe. Also discussed in this congressional interview: Fatal police shootings such as in Charlotte, NC.Education policies at the state and federal level.Representation of Arkansas Agriculture in the Senate.Click the audio above for the full interview. Subscribe to the podcast to hear more congressional interviews from Eldridge.

09/21/2016 9:41 AM

Walnut Ridge City Council Discusses Fire Fee, Lawsuit, and Resignation

The Walnut Ridge City Council had plenty of items to address during the meeting Monday, including a lawsuit, the passage of a new fire fee, and a letter demanding that the Mayor and the Water Works Superintendent resign from office.

09/21/2016 7:26 AM

Nucor Corporation announces $230 million dollar expansion in Blytheville

Nucor Corporation announces $230 million dollar expansion in Blytheville

This announcement from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development: Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) announced that it is adding an additional cold mill at its Nucor Steel Arkansas division. The specialty cold mill complex will expand Nucor’s capability to produce advanced high-strength, high-strength low-alloy, and motor lamination steel products. The mill will cost an estimated $230 million to build and is expected to be operational in approximately two years. “This specialty cold mill complex supports our strategy of moving up the value chain and growing sales to the automotive market,” said John Ferriola, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nucor. “It will bring value to all of Nucor’s sheet mills by expanding our capability to produce advanced high-strength steels and broadening the automotive capability of our galvanized lines at Nucor Steel Decatur and Nucor Steel Berkeley.” Ducker Worldwide estimates that 4 million tons of advanced high-strength and high

09/20/2016 7:58 PM

Jonesboro City Council approves police pay step plan

Jonesboro City Council approves police pay step plan

The Jonesboro City Council waived second and third readings on an ordinance to give pay increases to the Jonesboro Police Department. That means that officers will immediately see a bump in their pay, which many have criticized as being very low at just over $31,000 a year. The Jonesboro City Council approved a step plan that would give raises over numbers of years of service. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says the plan will help in retaining and recruiting more officers for the future. "We are excited about this because now we can be more competitive with other cities across the state and the nation in recruiting more people to the police force," said Elliot. "We are also looking at hiring more certified officers, which could cut our training costs down significantly." Elliot provided the plan that would start officers off at $34,500 and will provide raises in years 1, 3, 5, 7,10, 15, and 20. The maximum that an officer could make after 20 years would be over $51,000. Sergeants

09/20/2016 7:48 PM

HPMEC Announces Plans for Fall Writers’ Retreat

PIGGOTT –The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott will hold its Fall 2016 Writers’ Retreat, Monday through Friday, Nov. 7-11. The retreat will be held in the Educational Center and the Hemingway Barn-Studio and will offer writers the opportunity to work under the direction of a professional mentor.

09/20/2016 5:45 PM

Farm Hands to Perform at KASU Bluegrass Monday

Farm Hands to Perform at KASU Bluegrass Monday

JONESBORO — The Farm Hands will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

09/20/2016 4:30 PM