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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

Rugby Team Hits Road to Face Lindenwood

Rugby Team Hits Road to Face Lindenwood

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s rugby team will travel to Belleville, Ill., to face Lindenwood University, Saturday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m.

09/23/2016 6:30 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

Mark West talks terrorism, the economy, and trade with KASU News

Mark West talks terrorism, the economy, and trade with KASU News

In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Libertarian candidate Mark West about the recent terrorism activity in New York and New Jersey, the economy, and trade with Cuba. Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.

09/20/2016 8:49 AM

Inside A-State - 09/20/2016

Inside A-State - 09/20/2016

09/20/2016 12:00 AM

Lawrence Co. Judge Dale Freeman Passes Away After Vehicle Accident

A Lawrence County Judge who was seriously injured in a vehicle accident in central Arkansas has died over the weekend.

09/19/2016 11:59 AM

'Fall' in Love with Arkansas - Episode 9/16

'Fall' in Love with Arkansas - Episode 9/16

As the leaves begin to change colors, it's time to enjoy the Natural State in one of the most beautiful seasons ever created: Fall. Travel Writer Kim Williams takes you on an audio tour of Arkansas to get a glimpse of some of the fun activities taking place. Join Williams as she lets you in on one of the largest yard sales you'll ever find. If you feel like rockin', then a town in Northeast Arkansas along Rockin' Highway 67 will show you a good time. Or, you can stop by the Main Street in another Arkansas town for a little music and fun. If you're looking for some adventure, then Williams will tell you about a giant maze made out of a corn field. If you're looking for adventure that will chill your spine, then Williams will tell you about a bone-chilling fun activity in a place called Pumpkin Hallow. If none of those things will work for you, then take a trip to Village Creek and enjoy a nice trail ride while supporting Le Bonher Children's Hospital. Featured stops in this episode

09/19/2016 11:02 AM

400 jobs coming to Batesville over the next four years

400 jobs coming to Batesville over the next four years

This press release comes from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission: Intimidator Inc., a manufacturer of 4x4 utility vehicles and zero turn mowers, today announced they are expanding their current manufacturing facility in Batesville and building a second facility in the Independence County Industrial Park. The company will invest $12 million in facilities and equipment while adding 400 new full-time employees over four years. “We are indeed grateful for support from the Governor’s Office, the State of Arkansas, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Independence County Economic Development Commission, City of Batesville, and this entire community,” said Intimidator owners Becky and Robert Foster in a statement. “These groups have given us overwhelming support, and last but certainly not least, we want to thank our entire team of employees that make it happen day in and day out.” The expansion is the result of continued growth in the UTV market with the introduction of

09/19/2016 10:13 AM