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Wednesday, August 13 - More From GMR8

Here are your Local Headlines and More from Wenesday's Good Morning Region 8.

Back to School for Students in Missouri

While students in Missouri head back to the classroom today, Jonesboro students are back on campus Monday, August 18.

But the students won't be the only ones back to campus, School Resource Officers are headed back as well. More...

Byrd Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

Robert William Byrd, 40, of 2930 Cave Creek Road, is being held in the Independence County jail on a $1 million bond. According to authorities, he has a history of sexual assault.

Byrd was escorted into the courtroom under heavy guard and wearing a bullet-proof vest and shackles.

Russell Green was appointed his defender, and at his request Byrd will undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is of sound enough mind to face criminal prosecution. Judge Dan Kemp said no further court proceedings involving Byrd would be scheduled until that evaluation is conducted.

Charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and second-degree battery were filed against Byrd after he allegedly took an 8-year-old girl into the woods on July 25.

Tax Increase Voted Down

It appears folks in Randolph County don't want to pay more sales tax, after voters strike down a measure to raise the sales tax by 1%.

The unofficial count: 728 people didn't want the sales tax, while 674 voted in favor.

If the measure would've passed, it would've marked the first time in 20-years for the county to raise the sales tax.

If the measure passed, it would have raised $1.6 million a year for the county.

 

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  • New business comes to Bono

    New business comes to Bono

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:38:07 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 11:45 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:45:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    One-third of the Jim Co Factory building in Bono will now be used as another factory, bring six to eight jobs to the city.

    One-third of the Jim Co Factory building in Bono will now be used as another factory, bring six to eight jobs to the city.

  • Man arrested for setting landlord's house on fire

    Man arrested for setting landlord's house on fire

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:43:55 GMT
    George Keller (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Department)George Keller (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Department)

    A Sharp County man faces arson and burglary charges after authorities say he set his former landlord’s home on fire. The landlord was later arrested on drug charges.

    A Sharp County man faces arson and burglary charges after authorities say he set his former landlord’s home on fire. The landlord was later arrested on drug charges.

  • Mayor hopes to recreate history in new park

    Mayor hopes to recreate history in new park

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:24:13 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:32:49 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    With Bono Legacy Park still in the works, the mayor is looking to recreate a piece of history that would remind residents of the city’s past.

    With Bono Legacy Park still in the works, the mayor is looking to recreate a piece of history that would remind residents of the city’s past.

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