Jonesboro man pushing for revitalization at Northside Park

A Jonesboro native wants to revitalize Northside Park.

  Rural broadband expansion included in American Jobs Plan

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

  House passes alternative to initial hate crimes bill, measure awaits governor’s signature

  Gov. Hutchinson signs bills raising median teacher salary

  Details released in body found case, judge sets bond

Vaccinate Region 8: Where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine

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  Group helps rescue cat stuck in tree for 18 days

  City teams up with radio station to honor volunteers

Hate crimes, teacher salaries, Gabo’s Law on agenda this week at Capitol

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, April 11-17

  Prosecutor releases new information in deadly convenience store shooting

Keep Jonesboro Beautiful has first Community Clean-Up Day

Miracle League finally has opening game after postponed season

After waiting one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miracle League of Jonesboro had their season opener Saturday.

Jonesboro firefighters respond to fire on Key Largo Place

Jonesboro firefighters and emergency crews responded to a fire on Key Largo Place, according to officials.

New Arkansas virus cases, per capita, lowest in the nation

Data from Johns Hopkins University on Saturday shows Arkansas’ number of new coronavirus cases per capita during the past two weeks is the lowest in the nation.

  Food box serves as blessing to Piggott community

Complete with a chalkboard message and a standup refrigerator donated by a neighbor, the box hopes to serve as a blessing to the community.

  1st Choice Healthcare gets $3.6 million COVID grant

  Blytheville head football coach placed on paid administrative leave after arrest

Three taken to hospital after crash in Jonesboro; police find mushrooms, LSD, marijuana and Xanax in vehicle

  Winners announced in Jason Aldean Gator Giveaway

Arkansas reports 178 new virus cases, prison visits expand

Pastor calls Memphis the ‘Wild West’ of crime

  $500,000 bond set for mother accused of trying to kill herself, child

A Poinsett County woman has a May 28 court date after Craighead County deputies say she purposely crashed a vehicle with her and her child into a tree.

Storms move into Region 8, bringing hail and lightning

A storm system on Friday brought reports of hail and lightning throughout Region 8, with reports of thunderstorm warnings in the region.

Paragould man arrested in child porn case

A $250,000 bond was set Friday for a Paragould man who reportedly used social media to view child exploitation videos.

Traffic Alert: Expect lane closures with Hwy. 49/49B improvements

Motorists who travel Highways 49 and 49B should expect a few traffic delays in the coming weeks.

  Groundbreaking for new Poplar Bluff Police Department to be held Friday

The groundbreaking for the new Poplar Bluff Police Department will be this morning at 11:30.

Panhandling hound makes name for himself in Ironton, Mo.

His name is Ike and he’s the town beggar.

  Poinsett County Tornado: One year later

Thursday, April 8, marks one year since a tornado touched down just north of Harrisburg.

Barnett tabbed to replace Jansen as Randolph Co. Judge

In a 5-4 vote, the Randolph County Quorum Court voted to select Ronald Barnett as the new County Judge over three other candidates.

Grandmother crashes into home with grandchildren inside

A Louisiana woman faces charges after causing “extensive damage” by crashing a rental car to a rental home on Larkspur Lane in Mountain Home with her grandchildren inside.

  A-State SGA, College Republicans react to trans health bill

Arkansas State’s student government is taking a stand against the bill that they say limits the rights of transgender minors.

  Mississippi County site could provide dividends for future

A 130-acre location in Mississippi County has completed certification for a “Select Site” program as officials there hope the site is selected for future economic growth.

  Seven arrested after Osceola drug search

A drug search this week uncovered meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and nearly $3,400 in cash, leading to the arrests of seven people.

  Police: T-shirt led to murder; 4 arrested with 3 wanted

One person is dead and another person was injured after a shooting Wednesday in Blytheville, according to Police Chief Ross Thompson.

  Affidavit: Suspect killed Rebekah Gould with piano leg

A man arrested last year in connection with the murder of Rebekah Gould told investigators that he killed the woman with a piano leg, according to an affidavit in the case.

  BRAD offering free rides to vaccine clinics

A local organization wants to make sure everyone can get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Utility company urges caution when using 3rd party payment apps

With some payments arriving late, one local utility company suggests customers might want to pull the plug on third-party apps to pay their bills.

  State Senate confirms appointment of Dr. Jose Romero as Secretary of Health

The State Senate on Thursday voted 25-8 to confirm the appointment of Dr. Jose Romero as Arkansas Secretary of Health after a debate on the Senate floor.

Fire department awarded rare life-saving distinction

The Arkansas Department of Health recently awarded the TFD its Advanced Response Service EMS Service license.

  Child Abuse Prevention Month recognized in city and county

Mayor Copenhaver and Judge Day joined alongside with CASA of the 2nd Judicial District, The NEA Children's Advocacy Center and Hope Found of NEA, Inc. to recognize the month of April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Riverside to continue virtual learning for 2021-22 school year

As schools in Region 8 wrap up their first year of virtual learning, some are considering keeping the program for next year.

Arkansas reports 244 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

Arkansas reported 244 new cases of the coronavirus and seven more deaths from the illness caused by the virus.

  55-hour benefit run for epilepsy to benefit children’s hospital and family

A benefit run will be held over 55 hours to promote epilepsy awareness, raise money for a children’s hospital, and will help a family in need.

  St. Bernards partners with ASUN to provide work

St. Bernards Healthcare is partnering with Arkansas State University - Newport to help people without a job and dealing with poverty.

  Walnut Ridge, like many schools, struggling to find new teachers

Walnut Ridge Superintendent Terry Belcher says they’re not seeing as many applications as they have in recent years, as teachers continue to adapt to the challenges COVID-19 presents.

  $22 million project could bring growth to Blytheville

The Blytheville Planning Commission approved a $22 million rezoning request to develop homes behind Walmart.

  5 Star Stories: Pancho’s Cheese Dip attracts national following

Pancho’s was the brainchild of Morris Berger who surprised his son with a high school graduation trip to Mexico in the 1950′s.

  Woman calls city’s flooding response ‘unacceptable’

“This is a problem that we’ve been having,” Angela Williams said. “We believe as a community that this is the city’s fault.”

  Lawsuit filed over license and sale of Newport medical marijuana cultivation facility

The city of Newport filed a lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court on Monday, April 5 with 11 different counts, including breach of contract after the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission approved the sale of Natural State Wellness Enterprises, LLC to Good Day Farm, LLC back on Nov. 10, 2020.

  Wintering birds decrease after winter weather

When you look in your yard, you may notice fewer bluebirds, songbirds, and feeder birds this Spring.

  Bono street continues to be a headache for citizens

One Bono road is the topic of discussion once again, and Mayor Danny Shaw share his plan with residents on how to address the issue.

  Church devastated after Easter fire

Church members in Lake City are looking for a new home after a fire burned their church right after their Easter Sunday services.

Population in rural counties across Arkansas continues to drop

Despite the overall population of the state of Arkansas continuing to grow, the state's rural population continued to fall.

  ARDOT wants your input on bridges project

A public comment period is taking place for citizens to talk to ARDOT on a project to replace three bridges in Randolph County.

  Brookland School Board meeting leaves some ‘disappointed’

While investigations involving a potential misuse of public funds within the Brookland School District continue, many hoped to get answers in Monday’s meeting.

“Show-Me ID App” detects fake IDs to crack down on underage drinking

The app is available of the App Store and Google Play.

  Littering and vandalism cause problems at Legacy Park

Bono’s Legacy Park is in time-out in an attempt to stop littering and vandalism.

  Store owner discusses break-ins: “Shame on you”

The owner of a card shop spoke Monday and said the financial implications of the break-ins are going hurt him. Police are continuing to search for the suspect.

  Murder suspect accused of backing over mother with car

A Trumann woman faces a second-degree murder charge after police say she backed over her mother with a car.

  Woman injured in head-on crash dies

A woman injured in a head-on crash Friday has died of her injuries.

Consumer Alert: Text messages not from assessor’s office

If you receive a text message from the Craighead County Tax Assessor’s Office urging you to click a link, do not do it.

Proposed Mo. resolution would prohibit roadside checkpoints

A proposed resolution would prohibit roadside checkpoints by law enforcement, except in emergency situations.

GALLERY: Baptist Women’s Hospital NICU babies dress up for Easter

The hospital invited the Easter Bunny over and dressed the kiddos in the most festive outfits they could find.

  Church hosts Easter service with no mask requirements or social distancing

Several went to Easter services on Sunday, one of the busiest days for churches. That has some wondering, what do services look like now that Gov. Asa Hutchinson lifted the mask mandate? Kingdom Nation Church in Jonesboro had a full house, and masks were optional.

SB622, GIRLS Act head to state Senate for busy week in legislature

It will be a busy week at the state Capitol in Little Rock as a hate crimes related bill moves to a Senate committee Monday and the GIRLS Act heads to the Senate for a vote.

  Jonesboro hosts Green Fest to encourage others to make more environmentally friendly choices

The Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce hosted the city’s first Green Fest all to promote environmentally friendly living.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, April 4-10

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

  Church gives out thousands of meals to those in need

Volunteers say they’re happy to fight food insecurity while sharing their faith. They say the event is the perfect way to kick off the Easter weekend by giving away 2,400 meals to people in need.

  Authorities find preliminary cause of death for body found in river

The Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office has found a preliminary cause of death for a man found in the St. Francis River in March, according to Craighead County Chief Deputy Justin Rolland.

Arkansas virus vaccinations rising; cases and deaths decline

The number of Arkansans receiving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine is rising and the increase in virus cases and deaths are falling.

  Lumber prices skyrocket, frustrating stores and homebuilders

“It’s frustrating, to be honest with you,” David Tennison, Assistant Store Manager at JT White Lumber & Hardware, said. “I’ve been here 31 years, this is — I’ve never seen anything like this.”

  Coggins announces plan to rebuild destroyed Hoxie homes

Region 8 News learned the fire was caused by an extension cord shortage in the back of one of the houses. Mayor Dennis Coggins, who lost his house in the fire, says the community has helped tremendously in getting the residents back on their feet.

  Paragould elementary student, struck by school bus, now recovering at home

A Paragould elementary school student is now recovering at home after being taken to a local hospital Thursday after being struck by a school bus.

Happening Saturday in Region 8

Looking for something to do this weekend in Region 8?

  Police: Man arrested in Paragould for failure to register as a sex offender

A man wanted out of Minnesota for parole violations stemming from a sexual assault conviction was found this week 900 miles away in Paragould, according to Paragould police.

Arkansas’ active virus cases, hospitalizations decrease

Arkansas’ active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have dropped as the state reported more than 23,000 more vaccinations.

  NCRM to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with virtual event

Sunday marks 53 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

  Marking the 15th anniversary of the Marmaduke tornado

Friday marks the 15th anniversary of the F3 tornado that leveled Marmaduke, and memories of that terrifying event still linger.

  Jonesboro man arrested in drug, forgery cases

A trip to a local bank to cash a fraudulent check has a man facing a forgery charge, according to Jonesboro police.