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  Halloween sales still great at Golden Grotto during pandemic

Thanks to loyal customers, the Golden Grotto in Jonesboro continues to do well, despite the pandemic.

Area food pantry providing golden apples

  Five Guys back to serving burgers and fries after tornado

  Jonesboro parks under renovation, providing opportunity for skaters, families

Craighead County fourth in the state in COVID-19 cases, state reports over 1,300 new cases

Attorney General Rutledge reaches $6.5 million settlement with Preferred Family Healthcare on false claims investigation

  Sen. Cotton says he would like to see COVID-19 relief bill

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  Camfil announces new facility, location after hit by March tornado

  Gate at Lake Poinsett Dam set to close Dec. 1

  Remodeling project starts at Mission Outreach

  Mobile command center to help enhance emergency response in area county

  ABC overturns director’s denial of Old Country Store’s liquor permit

  AUDIT: City employee says they used city credit card for personal use

  Rare WWII bomber lands in Northeast Arkansas

History buffs and airplane aficionados have a rare chance to see a World War II flying fortress.

6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

Six current and former Russian military officers sought to disrupt through computer hacking the French election, the Winter Olympics and U.S. hospitals and businesses, according to a Justice Department indictment unsealed Monday.

  Technology and engineering company plans to bring 245 new jobs to Region 8

A technology and engineering company plans to bring over 200 jobs to Ash Flat, in a $35 million investment.

  Hytrol planning $20M expansion

Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc. announced Monday it plans to construct a $20 million plant outside of Jonesboro.

Make-A-Wish to hold Evening of Wishes online auction

  Arkansas cities, counties may now apply for coronavirus aid

  Jonesboro native tells story of “Living the Dream: Memphis Wrestling” in new book

  City of Trumann continues cleanup efforts

  Sharp County sees one of best summers with sales tax revenue

  Retired teachers’ fund seeks $323K paid after members died

  Jonesboro Christmas Parade now set to happen

One of the longest running Christmas traditions in Northeast Arkansas is back on track and will happen this year, officials said Thursday.

  Annexed land could eliminate property millage for Brookland

One city in Craighead County grows its city limits one acre at a time by working with people to annex property.

  Recycling costs too high; city requests solutions

Trying to be green in a business world sometimes doesn’t add up and this is the reality one Craighead County city tries to fix.

Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds

Other retailers like Macy’s have said that their Black Friday deals will be spread out and will encourage more online shopping, but none have given specific details.

Jonesboro stores breathing new life into old Sears building

Gamble Home announced Wednesday it had purchased the property at the corner of Highland Drive and Caraway Road.

  Basketball court coming to Reynolds Park

Allen Engineering took to social media with a post showing crews pouring the concrete.

  Restaurants raising funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Beginning Monday, Oct. 12, there is a way you can roll up your sleeves and help.

SIU doctoral student finds way to help soybean crops impacted by sudden death syndrome

SIU doctoral student, Mirian Pimentel, has a new tool to help combat sudden death syndrome, a fungus disease impacting the roots of soybeans causing leaves to turn yellow and die.

  Restaurant owners concerned about surviving winter months despite loosened restrictions

Restaurants in Shelby County are now allowed to stay open later. But some owners say they’re worried that a lot of restaurants won’t survive without a huge showing of support this winter.

  Memphis International Airport expecting increase in travelers for fall break

Memphis International Airport is anticipating a busy travel week with Friday being one of their busiest since the pandemic started in March.

  Region 8 Investigates: Could mail processing return to Jonesboro?

When the Jonesboro Processing Center shutdown in 2012 and moved to Memphis, mail service in rural communities took a hit.

  Trump halts COVID-19 stimulus talks until after election; stocks drop

The series of tweets from the president came just hours after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell urged Congress to come through with more aid.

  Tourists ordered to evacuate Alabama coast ahead of Hurricane Delta

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Delta.

  Jonesboro awarded $2.5 million grant for economic development

The U.S. Department of Commerce presented the city of Jonesboro with a $2.5 million grant to expand rail storage for industrial park manufacturers.

  Smoke filled skies pose health risks for some

Farmers in the agricultural industry work year-round to tend to their crops. Now, many of them enter the harvest season and once those crops are out, they have to decide what to do with the remaining plant stalks.

  Names released following Dollar General incident, car crash

One person is dead and three are in custody after a robbery leads to a car crash Saturday night.

With oil ‘tanking,’ experts say gas prices could drop further

GasBuddy.com reports Arkansas gasoline prices fell 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $1.87.

  Veterans Village receives $100,000 award

A project to help homeless veterans will receive a much-needed boost after a Kansas-based group provided a $100,000 award.

  Paragould police, firefighters respond to hay baler fire

It was a busy Friday evening after Paragould police and firefighters responded to a hay baler fire along Rockingchair Road, near the Greene County Jail.

  Tuga’s Project kicks off, to help NEA Baptist Center for Good Grief

A project that helps a local center provide free counseling to anyone who has lost a loved one began a month-long fundraiser Thursday.

H&M to close 250 stores in 2021

H&M has 5,000 stores worldwide. Nearly 600 of them are in the United States.

  BRTC industrial electricity program receives new equipment to prepare students for workforce

BRTC’s industrial electricity program received over $30,000 in grant money from the Arkansas Division of Higher Education’s regional workforce. With that money, the program wanted to help further educate students.

Bite Squad looking to fill positions in Jonesboro

The food delivery and take out service Bite Squad is expanding in Jonesboro.

  89-year-old farmer still working after months in the hospital

89-year-old farmer Odell Everhart spent six months in the hospital with shingles and viral meningitis. But right now, he’s working hard and farming on over 2,000 acres of land.

  AG Rutledge files suit against Fayetteville health center, over COVID-19 therapies

A Northwest Arkansas health center fraudulently promoted stem cell and ozone therapies as a way to combat COVID-19, Arkansas' Attorney General said Wednesday.

  No COVID-19 cases reported at Craighead County jail, officials say

The work of county officials to use quarantine protocol has helped to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases at the Craighead County jail to zero, after an outbreak earlier this year.

  Virtual meeting on I-555 extension in Craighead County now set

People now have the opportunity to let their opinions be known on a proposal to extend I-555 from Highway 49 to Highway 91 in Jonesboro, state transportation officials said Wednesday.

Blytheville “Chili Cook-off” and “Truck or Treat on Main” canceled due to COVID-19

A pair of events held each year in Blytheville has been canceled this year due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

Agriculture to be protected from foreign espionage, bill’s sponsors say with new bill

A new bill from two members of Arkansas' congressional delegation would seek to create an Office of Intelligence within the United States Department of Agriculture, with work being done to protect United States agriculture from foreign threats.

  FedEx adding thousands of positions ahead of holiday season

This year, Memphis-based FedEx is adding more than 70,000 positions to help with the holiday shipping season. More than 3,300 of those positions are open right here in the Bluff City.

Satanic Temple sues company that rejected group’s billboards promoting abortion

The group says Lamar Advertising refused to display eight billboards in Arkansas and Indiana promoting what it calls its “religious abortion ritual.”

Walmart looks to airports as inspiration of new store layout

The nation’s largest retailer said that the look, which includes signs with bold dimensional typeface spotlighting sections.

Mo. workforce development programs receive more than $3.5M

Three Missouri organizations will receive a total of $3.53 million in Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities grant funding.

  Gamble’s regional manager recalls Jonesboro tornado

It was just a regular day on March 28 for Drew Kellums and his team at Gamble Home Furnishings off of Highway 49.

  Gateway Tire to return to Caraway location by mid-2021

The new and improved Gateway Tire location on Caraway will be finished by late spring or early summer of 2021, with the potential to be built even sooner.

  County judge reflects six months after tornado

For many of us, March 28, 2020, will be an afternoon many in Jonesboro will not forget.

  Ameren establishes clean energy plan, includes net-zero goal by 2050

Ameren Corporation has established a net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050 across all its operations in Missouri and Illinois.

Academy Drive in Paragould to be closed Monday, officials say

A road near a water tower in Paragould will be closed Monday as crews work in the area, officials said Sunday.

CARES Act committee approves funding for unemployment trust fund

A key state committee that works on funding issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday approved $160 million to be placed into the state’s unemployment trust fund.

Arkansas official says vandals targeted him over dicamba

The head of an Arkansas agency that has placed restrictions on the use of dicamba believes his farming operations were targeted by vandals because of his stance on the herbicide.

  St. Bernards ‘Butterfly Release’ event altered this year

The event typically sees around 700 butterflies released in remembrance of lost loved ones. Families and friends usually gather the butterflies and release them all in one location, but this year, that won’t be the case.

Arkansas reports more than 1K new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Arkansas has reported 17 more deaths from the illness caused by the coronavirus as the state saw one of its biggest one-day increases in new confirmed cases.

  Grant to help Downtown Paragould see improvements

Downtown Paragould hustles and bustles with business and now $25,000 in grant money will help bring in more crowds.

  Understanding sales tax wording for Greene Co. Jail ahead of 2020 election

Greene County voters in November will see an item on their ballot regarding a change to a current sales tax.

  Walnut Ridge still recovering two months after downtown fire

Mayor Charles Snapp says he is proud of the community for coming together to help not just on the day of the fire, but for the weeks and months after.

  Limited-service restaurants and bars preparing to welcome back customers

At Alchemy in Midtown Memphis, owner Nick Scott is thrilled to welcome customers back for the first time in months.

  City Youth Ministries receives $10,000 in donations, thanks to State Farm agent

City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro received a $10,000 donation, thanks to one State Farm agent and a partnership with the State Farm Foundation.

  Candidates tout experience, discuss issues during Jonesboro Mayor debate

The three candidates who are vying to replace outgoing Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin cited their personal and business experience to voters, just six weeks before voters head to the polls.

  Jonesboro police investigate catalytic converter theft

Jonesboro police are asking for the public’s help as they investigate another catalytic converter theft from a business.

  Trumann receives over $117 thousand DRA grant to improve infrastructure

The city of Trumann received a $117,881 grant from the Delta Regional Authority. The city announced the news on Monday.

Meet Arkansas’s Small Business Person of the Year

Travis Daniel Bird is getting some national attention for being named Arkansas' Small Business Person of the Year.

One-lane traffic on U.S. 51 Ohio River ‘Cairo’ Bridge extended to Oct. 25

One-lane traffic for a work zone has been extended to October 25 for the U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge.

  Near million-dollar water project coming to Ravenden

A new well and a new water treatment plant will be coming to the town within the next six months. Mayor James Gibbens says this project has been years in the making.

Trump backs proposed TikTok deal with Oracle, Walmart

President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok, the Chinese-owned app he’s targeted for national security and data privacy concerns.

  Mission Outreach receives $10,000 donation

A group that helps people in need throughout Northeast Arkansas received a major donation, with social media playing a huge role in increasing the donation.

  BRTC adjusts to financial impact of COVID-19

President Dr. Martin Eggensperger says the college was concerned about the impact COVID would bring, anticipating a drop in enrollment and a decrease in state funding when COVID-19 started.

  ‘Tiny house’ builder ordered to repay customers

According to the lawsuit, Scott Stewart failed to complete purchased homes or refund unearned payments.

  CRDC LIHEAP application deadline extended until Sept. 30

The Crowley’s Ridge Development Council has extended the deadline for an energy assistance program to help those with low income after receiving additional funding.