Arkansas sees 572 new COVID-19 cases; NEA nearly quarter of those

The state of Arkansas saw a 572-case increase in COVID-19 in the past 24 hours Sunday, with 17 more people hospitalized statewide due to the illness.

  Church hosts voter registration and backpack giveaway

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Aug. 9-15

Suspect in custody in Kennett robbery, shots fired call

  Double homicide confirmed in Hayti, Mo.

  “Back the Blue” demonstrators want more understanding for law enforcement officers

Arkansas reports 48,811 COVID-19 cases, 535 deaths

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  Summer graduates walk across the stage at Arkansas State University

  Batesville School Board meets, takes no action Friday on personnel issue

Land under building sold for $495,000; plans for redevelopment ongoing for Citizens Bank building area

  Opportunity to provide crime video available, just a click away

  GOV: “NEA now the area of concern,” for increased COVID-19 cases; Teachers get COVID sick leave

Kennett VFW feeds area law enforcement officers

  Court lifts ruling against 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

A federal appeals court has lifted a ruling blocking four Arkansas abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure.

  NYIT-Jonesboro to offer free virtual town hall on COVID-19

NYIT-Jonesboro is partnering with the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide a free virtual town hall.

Water park owners pulling the plug

After a summer lost to COVID-19, the owners of a popular water park have decided to pull the plug.

  Generating revenue discussed at shooting sports complex committee meeting

The Jonesboro Shooting Sports Complex Committee met for the third time Thursday night.

  Search for missing Kansas mother focuses on Mid-South

Area school in need of homemade masks

  Jonesboro police investigate after shots fired at residence

Three arrested in lottery fraud, theft case

Trumann Fire Department to receive COVID-19 grant

Salem School District reports COVID-19 case

  Investigation continues into Jonesboro shooting

Jonesboro police are still investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday evening after a person showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound.

Butler County Sheriff’s Dept. to rehire deputies

Chief Deputy Wesley Popp said the department is now able to rehire all of the staff members that were previously laid off due to COVID-19 budget restrictions.

1,062 new cases of COVID-19 in Mo.

A total of 477 hospitalizations in Missouri are due to COVID-19.

  69 new cases of COVID-19 in Craighead County

Dr. Jose Romero, Secretary of Health, and Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, State Epidemiologist, updated the public Thursday on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  12-year-old killed in late-night dirtbike crash on Trumann highway

A 12-year-old juvenile male of Trumann was riding a dirt bike eastbound on Industrial Drive when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old male of Jonesboro.

  American Red Cross looking for temporary volunteers

The American Red Cross shows up to the scene when disasters strike, but due to COVID-19, temporary volunteers are needed more than ever.

  Kennett pastor gets free church after original building destroyed

Two pastors in the Missouri Bootheel, who had not spoken to each other until last December, now share an unbreakable bond.

  Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro receives $35,000 in grant funds

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro received $35,000 in grant funds for operational support.

  Schools begin to open in Region 8

One of the first schools in Region 8 opened their doors Thursday, beginning the new school year.

  Silver Alert inactivated for Sharp County man; man found safe

A Hardy man who had been part of a Silver Alert issued by Arkansas State Police was found safe Tuesday in Missouri.

  Volunteer teacher and student bond through pandemic

The pandemic stops people from interacting in person but one volunteer at the Hispanic Center went above and beyond to ensure her student learned.

  Fire departments receive wildfire suppression kits from Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Nearly two dozen area volunteer fire departments in Region 8 will be receiving equipment to help fight wildfires in their area.

  Man arrested after dragging victim with vehicle down the road, police say

A Craighead County man faces an aggravated assault charge after Jonesboro police say he ran a woman down to the ground with a vehicle, plus dragged her down the road with his vehicle.

  COVID-19 deaths over 500 in Ark. since March; State ‘expects’ school districts offer onsite learning 5-days a week

Sec. of Education Johnny Key "it’s expected that all school districts offer onsite learning opportunities each day of the 5-day school week.”

  Three to run for Paragould Mayor in November

The filing period for the 2020 General Election has ended, and three men signed up to run for Paragould Mayor.

  Roundabout construction requiring lane closures

In order to minimize crashes at a Craighead County intersection, road crews will have to temporarily shut down lanes and shift traffic in the coming year.

  Crews respond to horse barn fire

Firefighters from Brookland and Greene County responded to a fire Wednesday morning at a large horse barn.

Several report feeling late-night earthquake in New Madrid Co., Mo.

A magnitude 2.5 quake registered at 11:47 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 2 miles northwest of Marston, Missouri.

Ward election measures postponed to next year

Council members postponed two measures dealing with the process that some aldermen are elected in Jonesboro during a meeting Tuesday night.

  Westside Consolidated School District wanted to be “confident” when releasing reopening plans

Superintendent Scott Guantt says the district got to work in April and so far they have purchased over 50 thermal thermometers, added stickers to the hallways to direct traffic in the same direction and even foggers.

  Member of Children’s Homes, Inc tests positive for COVID-19

According to a social media post, Children’s Homes Inc. has decided to shelter-in-place all family homes until further notice.

  Osceola looks to tap into blues roots to bring in tourism

When people think of tourist destinations in Arkansas, people think of places like Hot Springs, Hardy, and Little Rock, but Osceola is working to be part of that list.

  Sultana Historical Preservation Society awarded $10,000 grant

The Sultana Historical Preservation Society has been approved for a $10,000 grant to renovate a historic gym in Marion.

  Jonesboro, Nettleton School Districts offering staggered schedules

Nettleton School District announced Tuesday that they will pursue a staggered start to the school year.

  Collins Theatre expands in downtown Paragould

The Collins Theatre has stood tall for many years and for the first time since 1962, the theatre has grown.

  New substation to provide more ‘reliable’ electricity to 2,000 customers

A new substation in the Valley View area is up and running, supplying roughly 2,000 households with power.

Filings for municipal races continue, candidates fill the courthouse

The window to file will end at Noon on Aug. 5.

  Lawrence County furloughs end; county prepares for next steps

Over 40 furloughed workers in Lawrence County returned to work last week. This came after the county made the difficult decision to furlough the employees back in May.

  Unemployment fraud and back to school top topics of Governor’s press conf.

Currently, there are 27,000 claims in ‘PUA’ on hold for potential fraud and 10,000 in unemployment on hold for potential fraud.

  First COVID-19 death reported in Independence County

Independence County has recorded its first death from the coronavirus.

  Man sentenced to 20 years for rape, sexual indecency with a child

A Randolph County man will spend 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple counts of rape and sexual indecency with a child.

  Kennett Humane Dept. needs donations to care for dogs in hoarding case

COVID-19 has not stopped the Kennett Humane Department from rescuing dogs, but funds are not as easy to come by due to the virus.

‘Art for Animals’ a big success

The two-week silent auction of original artwork had been scheduled for April but was postponed until July 17-31.

  Marvin Day opts out of Jonesboro mayoral race

Craighead County Judge Marvin Day announced Monday he will not run in the Jonesboro mayoral race.

  Walnut Ridge Public Housing Agency continues to pick up pieces weeks after fire destroyed original building

The Walnut Ridge Public Housing Agency is still recovering after a fire destroyed the downtown building a few weeks ago. They are now temporarily located at the Larkspur Gardens Apartment Complex's Community Center.

  Project in Bono to widen College Street; provide sidewalks

For those who live or work in Bono, traveling around the area is about to get easier. The city is beginning phase two of its four-phase plan to improve College Street.

  Over $1,500 raised so far for Jonesboro Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program

In a Facebook post, police said that over $1,500 has been raised so far to support the department's D.A.R.E. program.

  Jonesboro K9 receives new protective vest thanks to donations

A Jonesboro K9 will have some new protective gear to wear out on the street next time on patrol.

  Former State Rep. joins Jonesboro Mayor’s race

The news comes after Craighead County Judge Marvin Day announced Monday he will not run for Jonesboro mayor.

  Governor Hutchinson, “Northeast Arkansas is not going in the right direction.”

The 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases by region shows Northeast Ark. on an upward trend. Hutchinson said "this should be a reminder to take action. The northeast is not going in the right direction now."

  Trumann teen honored with wish parade

A Poinsett County teenager who has battled childhood cancer and wanted a Marvel-themed golf cart got his wish Sunday, thanks to the help of Make A Wish.

Arkansas reports 637 new COVID-19 cases, six deaths

The state of Arkansas saw 637 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday, along with six additional deaths, state health officials said.

  Emergency crews respond to crash on Highway 49 north of Brookland

Emergency crews responded to a crash on Highway 49, north of Brookland, early Sunday evening.

Jonesboro firefighters respond to house fire Sunday

Jonesboro firefighters spent Sunday morning battling a house fire in the northeast part of town.

  Son pushes for in-person visitation with nursing home residents

It’s been a month since some restrictions on visitation at nursing homes were lifted in Arkansas, but not all nursing homes have allowed visitors.

  St. Bernards hosts free physical clinic for student athletes

St. Bernards held their student-athlete Pre-Participation Evaluations Saturday at the First National Bank Arena.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Aug. 2-8

A photo gallery of mug shots from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

Arkansas State Police asks drivers to “move over” for emergency vehicles

Arkansas State Police ask that you obey state law and move over any time you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.

Arkansas sees 662 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

The state of Arkansas saw an increase of 662 COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths reported on Saturday, compared to the same time Friday, according to state health officials.

  Cross County jail construction almost one month ahead of schedule

Construction on the new Cross County jail is almost a month ahead of schedule as of Friday.

  Academy Sports & Outdoors one of many stores preparing for ‘Tax-Free Weekend’ with COVID accommodations

Normally, ‘Tax-Free Weekend’ will see items fly off the shelf in preparation for the school year. Academy Sports & Outdoors in Jonesboro is expecting the same result this year, but it will look different than usual.

Osceola firefighters respond to overnight building fire

Osceola firefighters spent several hours early Saturday battling a building fire in downtown Osceola, with minor damage reported.

Area school in need of substitute nurses

Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marked Tree School District is looking for substitute nurses.

  Industries seek indoor tornado siren systems

Industry leaders want to add indoor tornado sirens, with the plan stemming from Paragould adding and fixing their existing tornado sirens and the impact of the March 28 Jonesboro tornado.

  Paragould Fire Department’s Fill the Boot goes virtual

The Coronavirus pandemic has stopped many fundraisers in its tracks, but one fire department is working to help find a solution.

  Positivity rates in Ark. at 10% as fall sports begin with no-contact team drills next week

“If we do not have sports, student-athletes will travel out of state and increase the risk,” Hutchinson says.

Mid-South man turns himself in after escaping halfway house

U.S. marshals searching for Mid-South man who escaped from halfway house

  Former prison guard receives 12 months and a day in federal prison in contraband scheme, officials say

A Cross County man who worked as a prison guard will spend 12 months and a day in federal prison after he reportedly smuggled tobacco and cell phones into the federal prison at Forrest City, federal prosecutors said Thursday.