Jonesboro, Craighead County sales tax growth continues to see positive results

The sales tax growth in Jonesboro and Craighead County continued to see positive results in August 2019.

  $25K coming to help fund Paragould festival

  Soccer boom in Greene County

Man arrested for aggravated assault and multiple gun charges after two separate chases

Walmart hosting first-ever car seat recycling event

City of Jonesboro to auction surplus equipment

  Firms and union leaders deal with shortage of construction workers

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Johnson Avenue renaming, sanitation up for discussion at city council

Town asks for help locating family of missing Bible

  A Better Region 8: Georgia Bulldogs fans supporting Wendy Anderson

  NEA District Fair 2019 gets underway

  Jonesboro police investigating robbery outside Dollar General store

  Facility to better prepare first responders

Suspects wear ‘Scream’, gorilla masks during robberies in Helena-West Helena

Police in Helena-West Helena say they are investigating a robbery Saturday in which the suspect wore a gorilla mask and an other robbery Monday in which the suspect wore a "Scream" mask. Investigators haven't said if they believe the robberies are connected.

  New service dog program Introduced at St. Jude

"We want those dogs to go in there and make this the best day they can for the children," Bresher said.

  House fire started in kitchen, spread to the attic

The Jonesboro Fire Department has responded to a fire in on Boydston Street, according to Jonesboro E-911 Dispatch.

  Blytheville Fire Department investigating two suspicious fires less than 24 hours apart

Firefighters worked to contain the fires and then let them burn themselves out.

  Williams Baptist University launching initiative for students to potential graduate debt-free

Jason Aldean tour coming to Jonesboro

  Special deputies armed to protect students at area school

  Museum honoring Hoxie’s role in integration of schools planned

  Kids’ Color Run helps community’s health through fitness

Crash scene cleared at Highway 226 in Craighead County

  Festival gets everyone downtown to Paragould

Saturday’s Get Downtown Festival got all of Paragould’s people out, along with people from surrounding towns for good food and a good time.

Ribbon cutting set for new disaster training facility

Officials will be in Lawrence County Sept. 16 for the ribbon cutting on a new disaster training facility.

  Dogs and people hit the trail for annual ThumperThon

Tails were wagging at the 9th Annual ThumperThon Race.

Work on Highway 140 bridge over Little River to start

Crews will be busy over the next several weeks doing maintenance work on a key bridge in Poinsett County, state highway officials said.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Sept. 15-21

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

One killed, two injured in crash in Cleburne County

A person was killed and another person were injured Saturday in a motorcycle/vehicle crash on Highway 5 in Cleburne County, according to Arkansas State Police.

  Big trucks fascinate kids at Touch-A-Truck event

Kids usually only get to play with the smaller versions of equipment trucks, but Saturday’s event let them play with the real thing.

  Volunteers busy working to clean up Crowley’s Ridge State Park

Crowley’s Ridge State Park was filled with volunteers Saturday to help clean the place up.

2 from Ark. hospitalized following motorcycle crash in Ky.

The driver and passenger were not wearing helmets.

Happening this weekend in Region 8

There’s something happening for everyone this weekend in Region 8

  Township realignments met with opposition

Some big changes were officially decided on Friday morning in Greene County, and a lot of people weren’t very happy with the outcome.

  Grant could pay for three new firefighters

The “Safer” grant would fund the salary for three new firefighters, with the city paying for the remaining expenses like uniforms and training.

Ban on required arbitration by nursing homes is delayed

A rule prohibiting nursing homes from requiring a signed arbitration agreement as a condition for being admitted as a resident is being delayed pending a federal lawsuit in Fayetteville

  Rehab program helps cancer patients and survivors stay healthy

A program at St. Bernards Health and Wellness in Jonesboro helps cancer patients and survivors heal and stay fit.

Arkansas fines firm $300,000 for Medicaid ride failures

Months after the state of Arkansas fired a company for failing to provide required rides to Medicaid patients, the company hired in its place is being fined more than $300,000 for the same violation

  Newport heroes honored under Friday Night Lights

We can never thank those who spend a lifetime protecting us enough, but on Friday, the Newport Greyhounds did their share of showing their appreciation.

New photos released of murdered mother and infant whose bodies were found after a reported house fire

Firefighters found the body of a 32-year-old mother and her infant son after they were called about a house fire. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office are investigating their deaths as homicides.

  Accused Southaven Walmart shooter appears in court for the first time

The man accused of killing two Southaven Walmart managers and shooting an officer walked into a courtroom for the first time Friday.

Region 8 city gets to work after voters approve special election items

The city of Manila had a special election this week and citizens approved everything on the ballot, including extending an existing one percent sales and use tax.

Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. to offer support to families of homicide victims in Mississippi County

One national group is offering its support to survivors of homicide victims.

Mississippi County cracking down on blight

Officials are taking measures into their own hands to keep the county “attractive”

Large freshmen class enrollment leads WBU to major increase

A nearly 12 percent increase in the number of students at Williams Baptist University has university officials thankful for the work of employees making it happen.

BRTC sees decrease in college students, increase in high school students enrolling

According to a media release from the college, the 11th day enrollment numbers showed 1,477 students at the campuses, 6.7% below the 1,583 students on campus in fall 2018.

One injured after vehicle goes into building, JPD says

Emergency crews are at the scene of a vehicle inside a building in the 4800 block of East Highland Drive, according to the Jonesboro Police Department Desk Sergeant.

“Hunger Action Month” fights food insecurity

September is National Hunger Action Month, and the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas wants your help making a difference here in Region 8.

Mississippi man sentenced to 15 years in prison on aggravated robbery case

Granville Murphy of Starkville, Miss. was convicted Thursday of aggravated robbery during a court session in Mississippi County Circuit Court. Prosecutors said Murphy had robbed a utility worker Feb. 6 and fatally shot Terry Marshall, 63, of Blytheville the day before.

Arkansas House speaker files resolution to oust lawmaker

Arkansas' House speaker has taken the first step toward removing a lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes and who has refused to step down

Greene Co. deputy fired for insubordination

A Greene County Deputy is no longer on the job after being fired for insubordination or other disrespectful conduct.

  Mo. AG investigation: 12 former clergy could face charges

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's investigation found 163 priests or clergy members accused of sexual abuse or misconduct against minors.

  Sikeston DPS officer resigns following social media posts

Sikeston DPS Chief McMillen said he is taking the complaint very seriously.

  Possible Mo. medical marijuana growing and selling locations released

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services releases information about medical marijuana license applications.

  Car plows into family’s home, driver hospitalized

A car plowed into an Osceola family's home while a man and his one-year-old son slept on the couch.

Campbell fire officials respond to 2 house fires

Officials said everyone got out in time.

  Geese continue to cause trouble at city park

Blytheville Mayor James Sanders says the city is looking into all humane options in dealing with the issue.

  Region 8 courthouse temporarily moved for renovations

The Mississippi County courthouse in Blytheville started its move two weeks ago to a temporary building.

Intersection near school now a four-way stop

According to an email from Valley View Superintendent Bryan Russell, the intersection of County Road 425 and County Road 419 has been changed to the four-way stop due to safety precautions.

Details released in former QB Ryan Mallett DWI case

A former Arkansas Razorback quarterback accused of DWI earlier this week had “bloodshot watery eyes and could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his persons,” Springdale police said in a report released to a Northwest Arkansas television station.

Improper turn leads to drugs, stolen gun discovery during traffic stop

An improper turn during a traffic stop has two people facing multiple charges, according to Jonesboro police.

Arrests, investigations continue in internet stalking of a child cases

Investigator Chuck Barker with the Dallas County Sheriff’s office has spent months investigating an internet stalking of a child case, leading to as many as 40 arrests.

  JPD: Child struck by vehicle on West Cherry Avenue

Emergency crews are at the scene of a child being struck by a vehicle in the 1000 block of West Cherry Avenue, according to the Jonesboro Police Department Desk Sergeant.

  Courthouse roof restorations in final phase

A project at the Lawrence County Courthouse that’s been years in the making is finally in its final phase.

Free options available to test deer for CWD, AGFC says

According to a media release from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, state wildlife officials said the locations are in regional offices, drop-off locations and taxidermists offices around the state.

  City approves equipment upgrades for fire department

A local fire department is getting some new life-saving equipment soon, thanks to their city council.

  Young brothers recognized by Dexter PD after helping neighbor who fell into drainage ditch

Police say the boys' actions may have saved the woman's life.

$25,000 reward offered for information in Rebekah Gould murder case

A billboard was put up outside Melbourne this week, asking for information on the case.

  West Memphis residents vote in favor of property tax increase to fund new junior high schools

West Memphis voters have voted in favor of a proposed property tax increase to build two new junior high schools.

  Deputies rescue man pinned under tractor

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office said the operator was able to call for help by using his cell phone.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Sept. 8-14

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

  Newport H.S. will have added security for ‘Hero Night’

One school district is adding a few security measures for its game Friday night where they plan to honor local heroes. But, those measures are causing some parents to question why.

  3.7 Earthquake hit on the county line of Marion and Baxter counties early Thursday morning

Gassville residents felt earthquake in the early morning.

  JPD: Overall crime down, crimes against persons up in August

Jonesboro Police Department's monthly report showed an increase in crimes against a person.

Man faces theft, fraud charges in Jonesboro

A man is in trouble with the law after police say he went to all three Jonesboro area Walgreens’ stores and used Visa cards in an apparent scam to get money, according to Jonesboro police.

  Man sentenced to life in prison on rape charge

A Greene County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a jury convicted him Wednesday of rape.

  Glen Sain hosts First Responder Appreciation Day

An area car dealership hosted an event Wednesday to thank first responders for their service in the community.

One dead, one injured in crash on Highway 63

Authorities got a call about the crash around 11:40 a.m. on Highway 63 and South Crossroads in the Portia area.

  Group works to battle substance abuse, help people

A facility in Greene County works to help educate and teach people with substance abuse problems on how to reenter society.

  First responders honored with appreciation breakfast

An appreciation breakfast was held for all kinds of first responders to thank them for their service and remember the sacrifices they made on Sept. 11, 2001.

  Prayer, unity in remembering 9/11 during event

The impact following Sept. 11, 2001 has left a mark on our nation for many years.