Youth celebration kicks off Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King JR. Day is Monday, but we started the celebrations a day early here in Region 8.

  Nurse retires from St. Bernards after 65 years

JPD working crash at Johnson and Patrick

Snowy polar plunge raises money for Special Olympics

After snowfall, now attention turns to brutal cold, icy roads and power outages

Couple killed in West Memphis officer-involved shooting identified

Blytheville fire crews battle vacant warehouse fire

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  Cardinals Caravan returns to Jonesboro

SLIDESHOW: January 19 Winter Weather

Lt. Governor supports bill to increase teacher salaries

Penny’s Place holds ribbon cutting in Newport

Man arrested in internet stalking case

Court in one Region 8 county will be closed part of next week

  Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin visits Jonesboro, discusses legislative session

The state’s lieutenant governor, Tim Griffin, visited Jonesboro Jan. 18 and discussed several issues including government reorganization, education, highways and state ethics reform.

John 3:16 Winter Blast event a sell out

Food and fun for all ages, and it’s all for a good cause.

  Inter-professional education event held for students

A-State students and students with the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State got some hands-on experience working with different fields Friday.

Disaster facility set to start construction immediately

A groundbreaking Friday gets local communities one step closer to being more prepared for when disaster strikes.

6 West Memphis officers off-duty following fatal officer-involved shooting

$1 million bond set for robbery suspect

Woman arrested in financial identity fraud case

Arkansas issues first 6 licenses to sell medical marijuana

Southland Gaming & Racing holding career expos

Man arrested after suspected drugs found in bedroom

Region 8 Salute: Bono man graduates USAF basic training

Brandon E. Holland of Bono recently graduated basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas, according to the Department of Defense.

Man, woman killed after West Memphis officer-involved shooting

A man and woman are dead after a shooting involving West Memphis police Wednesday night.

Superintendent supports bill to crack down on distracted driving in school zones

It's something the Nettleton School District has tried to deter by posting no cell phone signs and having officers give warnings.

EMT recovers from head-on crash, with positive attitude

An EMT who suffered a broken left leg and broken right heel after a head-on crash said this week that he has remained positive throughout the ordeal.

Bill to regulate microchipping employees introduced

A Central Arkansas lawmaker said this week that his bill to regulate the microchipping of employees will protect the rights of employees, with his bill being the first in the United States to do so.

Name released in officer-involved shooting in Jackson County

According to ASP, no law enforcement officers have been injured in the shooting near Swifton.

Human remains found in Dunklin County, MO

The sheriff told Heartland News that the remains were sent to a lab for identification.

Local ministry gives food to over 1,000 people

One local ministry has been doing a lot to give back to Region 8 by handing out food to thousands of people.

A Better Region 8: Arkansas General Assembly now in session

This week the Arkansas Legislative session began.

New sheriff hits the ground running

Newly elected Sheriff Kevin Bell has only been on the job for about a month, but he’s already hit the ground running.

UCA police rescues raccoon from storm drain

It’s not everyday one walks across the campus of the University of Central Arkansas and finds an animal stuck in the grate of a storm drain.

Vehicle crash leads to woman’s arrest

Carol M. Boviall of Norfork was arrested Jan. 17 on suspicion of two counts of first-degree battery, driving while intoxicated-drugs and careless and prohibited driving after an investigation by authorities.

New Hoxie fire chief plans for changes

The City of Hoxie has a new fire chief, but residents might notice a familiar face.

Wynne man arrested on rape charge

An investigation into the claim of a sexual assault that took place in 2017 of a 5-year-old leads to the arrest of a man in Cross County.

Memphis International Airport begins modernization project

Crews began making major upgrades on Concourse B at Memphis International Airport Thursday.

Woman arrested in theft case

Authorities said in the affidavit that bank officials provided documentation showing Taylor making withdrawals totaling $12,400.

Exoskeleton device helps paralyzed Olive Branch veteran walk again

A Mid-South hero is taking his first steps again thanks to new technology.

Construction launch set for disaster training facility

The construction launch for the Disaster Training Facility pavilion in Imboden will take place Friday in Jonesboro.

Bond set in rape case

32-year-old King Henry McWilliams III was arrested after an investigation by Jonesboro police.

Court asked to block lawmaker testimony on LGBT rights law

Arkansas' highest court is considering whether legislators and other officials can be shielded from testifying or providing documents about a state law that prevents cities from prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people.

3 Jonesboro police officers retiring

After serving the people of Jonesboro for a combined 83 years, three police officers are stepping down.

Pets diet could affect their behavior

Researchers have been tracking micro-organisms found in their intestines and it showed dogs deemed aggressive have different kids of organisms than non-aggressive dogs.

Arkansas opens bids for 31 construction projects

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has begun seeking bids on 31 construction projects across the state, including a second attempt to widen a highway in northeast Arkansas

Renovations begin at Memphis Convention Center

The long-awaited renovation of Memphis' Cook Convention Center begins Thursday.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station set to open in late 2019

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is set to open late this year.

Gr8Job: Mentoring program to help students at school

A new program at an area school will provide students with key skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Government shutdown affects the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

The longest government shutdown in history is now on day 26 and affecting millions of Americans. With no end in sight for the shutdown, people and organizations around the country are looking for ways to cope. The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas is one of those organizations.

2 dead in West Memphis officer-involved shooting; 1 officer injured

According to Arkansas State Police, two individuals have been pronounced dead in an officer-involved shooting.

Widening project moves forward after hitting some road blocks

But, officials now have a design ready for public comment for the Harrisburg Road expansion.

Mom claims school isn’t doing enough to stop bullying on bus

A Beebe mother says her 8-year-old daughter is experiencing bullying on the school bus.

Mother who lost child pushes for genetic disease testing on infants

A grieving mother and an Arkansas legislator are pushing for a bill to make sure that Spinal Muscular Atrophy is tested when a baby in born in Arkansas.

Bill to ban sex offenders from photographing children tabled by committee

A bill in the Arkansas legislature that would seek to ban Level 3 and Level 4 sex offenders from taking pictures or recording children under the age of 14 met some resistance Wednesday in a key legislative committee.

Walmart leaving CVS pharmacy network, industry officials say

The dispute has been ongoing, officials say, noting the issue could create other problems.

Two arrested after pursuit, sheriff says

An alert deputy sheriff on a traffic stop noticed that a passenger in a passing car was wanted for aggravated robbery, leading to two arrests in Crittenden County.

City looks to modify container law

Residents in Hoxie might see some changes to a container law soon.

“Get Eagle Fit” program hopes to improve fitness and nutritional knowledge for students

“Get Eagle Fit” not only motivates kids to live healthy lifestyles but also includes the parents.

Deputy arrested in domestic assault case, terminated from position

A now-former Independence County deputy will appear in court Feb. 7 after his arrest Jan. 15, according to authorities.

MO Gov. Parson to issue executive orders, restructure four state agencies

The press conference will be held at the Missouri State Capitol at the Governor’s Office at 11 a.m.

  Boys released from hospital following shooting incident

Two Cave City boys were released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, with only minor injuries after both being shot in the leg.

City leaders discuss a proposed ordinance to amend the city’s trash pickup ordinance

Batesville Mayor Elumbaugh discusses proposed amendment to city waste ordinance.

Newly-elected mayor shares plans for future

Monette Mayor Blankenship said he wants to see growth in the community.

Minimum wage bill introduced in legislature

Senate Bill 115, sponsored by Sen. Bob Ballinger, R-Berryville and Rep. Fran Cavenaugh, R-Walnut Ridge, would provide exceptions to the minimum wage law that resulted from Initiated Act 5.

Man arrested in forgery case

A Craighead County man is set to appear in court Feb. 22 after police say he went to a bank and tried to cash a stolen check.

Man arrested in child porn possession case

A Fulton County man has been arrested on suspicion of 50 counts of distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child after an investigation by Arkansas State Police and Salem Police.

Entergy Arkansas warning customers of scams

While it may be a new year, Entergy Arkansas is warning customers of some of the same old scams going around.

Searcy named finalist in top 10 small town list

Searcy is in the top 10 a $500,000 transformation and starring role in the reality series Small Business Revolution – Main Street.

Suspects identified in West Memphis shooting

Two men were arrested in connection to a shooting in early January in West Memphis.

Drive For Life continues through Jan. 18

You’ve got a chance to help people later this month.

Utility assistance need causes action

Urgency causes representatives to move a meeting up.

New position added at Newport schools

The Newport school board voted to add a new position to the district during their meeting on Tuesday.

Mayor’s office reshaped after administrative restructuring

Two new responsibilities and title changes in Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin’s administration in 2019 came about due to administrative restructuring.

Several ordinances passed in city council meeting

There was a full agenda for the Jonesboro city council meeting Tuesday night.

No injuries in Tuesday night house fire

A house fire on Tuesday night resulted in moderate damage to the interior of a home.

Flu deaths continue to rise in Arkansas

The death toll due to the flu in Arkansas continues to rise.

Medical marijuana cultivation facility breaks ground in Jackson County

A groundbreaking officials said has been nearly a year in the making was celebrated Tuesday.

Governor Hutchinson sworn in for second term, delivers State of the State Address

Governor Hutchinson delivers State of the State Address.

ARDOT to temporarily close road to perform repair work

A section of Highway 69 in Independence County will close temporarily as highway crew perform repair work.

Governor Hutchinson delivers inaugural speech

Governor Hutchinson delivered his Inaugural Speech on steps of Arkansas State Capitol.