A Day of Farewell to the A-State Indians - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Brandi Hodges Reports

A Day of Farewell to the A-State Indians

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- One thing that Indian fans have a lot of is pride in their team and on Thursday students, alumni and fans spent the day preparing for the final farewell to the Indian family. 

Students and staff gathered to catch a glimpse of the family before they fade away, many savoring a last visit with the iconic family.

"It's just so sad.  It's just really sad and so emotional," said ASU Alum Lynda Hogue.

That's what is being felt by many as we count down to the retirement ceremony for the Indian Family.

"I am going to participate in the half time activities and I am going to try to hold back the tears.  But even when the Indians came around and I talked to them, I noticed I had tears in my eyes," said Hogue.

Hogue has a lot of memories of the Indian family, having spent a lot of time with different members of the family over the years.

"Back in '63 I was a cheerleader here at ASU and my group, along with the music instructor Donald Minx created the fight song.   When I had my picture made with them I did the fight song with them," said Hogue.

For others it is a day of change.

"Today's a sad day, but it's an exciting day at the same time.  I think everybody's sad to see the Indian family go, but at the same time this is a new era for ASU," said Haley Fitzgerald.

"It's a sad time.  It's kind of a time to reflect on how it's been over the last few years, but it also makes me think of a beginning," said Lindsay Weaver.

And while it's not going to be easy for these fans there is a bright side as we look to the future.

"This new class coming in they'll be the first class of the wolves and that will instill pride in them as well. They'll be the first of a new generation," said Fitzgerald.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Charges dropped against man accused in 2016 murder of Malden man

    Charges dropped against man accused in 2016 murder of Malden man

    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:00:44 GMT

    The charges against one of two people accused of murder in the September 2016 death of a Malden, Missouri man have been dropped.

    The charges against one of two people accused of murder in the September 2016 death of a Malden, Missouri man have been dropped.

  • BREAKING

    More info released in Izard Co. death investigation

    More info released in Izard Co. death investigation

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 2:12 PM EDT2017-07-26 18:12:44 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 2:00 PM EDT2017-07-27 18:00:20 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    The Izard County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man in the Dolph community.

    The Izard County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man in the Dolph community.

  • breaking

    JPD: Missing man reported seen in Alabama

    JPD: Missing man reported seen in Alabama

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 9:24 PM EDT2017-07-27 01:24:01 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-07-27 16:30:26 GMT
    A silver alert has been issued for James A. Whiteside of Jonesboro. (Source: ASP)A silver alert has been issued for James A. Whiteside of Jonesboro. (Source: ASP)

    Police say a missing Jonesboro man may have traveled all the way to Alabama.

    Police say a missing Jonesboro man may have traveled all the way to Alabama.

Powered by Frankly