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.

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Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Aug. 9-15

Suspect in custody in Kennett robbery, shots fired call

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

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  Railroad overpass construction could cause headaches on Highland

  Summer graduates walk across the stage at Arkansas State University

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

Entire Cubs-Cards series postponed after more positive tests

Major League Baseball made the announcement, after hours saying Friday night’s game had been scrapped to ensure everyone affected on the Cardinals was identified.

  Opportunity to provide crime video available, just a click away

Area police have said that security video can often provide clues on who and how a person is committing a crime.

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

Hutchinson assures Jonesboro School Supt. Kim Wilbanks regarding her comments that the decisions being made are not economic driven, but children driven focus.

Kennett VFW feeds area law enforcement officers

The VFW post fed law enforcement officers from all over the county on Friday, August 7.

  Court lifts ruling against 4 Arkansas abortion restrictions

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive test

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

Water park owners pulling the plug

Peabody named #1 historic hotel in US

  Chancellor brings commencement ceremony to hospitalized Red Wolf

  Aug. 7: What you need to know

A quick look at what's making news and weather headlines.

Tax-free weekends in the Heartland

Tax-free weekends have become a staple for parents preparing for back to school.

  Generating revenue discussed at shooting sports complex committee meeting

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

  A-State students prepare for commencement

Despite some anxiety, graduates at Arkansas State University are not letting COVID-19 stop them from celebrating commencement.

  Search for missing Kansas mother focuses on Mid-South

A multi-state search for a missing mother is now centered on the Mid-South.

  JPS Superintendent responds to confusing ADH guidelines

Right now, she says there is a thin line between the benefit and risk for returning students to what’s normal.

  O’Donnell guilty plea: ‘I intentionally killed her, then hid the body'

The woman accused of killing a former Arkansas state senator at her home in Pocahontas will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to her murder.

Area school in need of homemade masks

An area school is asking for help from the public to provide homemade masks for its students in need just in time for school to start.

  Jonesboro police investigate after shots fired at residence

Authorities are looking for a suspect after someone shot at a residence Wednesday afternoon, according to Jonesboro police.

Three arrested in lottery fraud, theft case

Two people from Stone County and a third person from Independence County face felony charges after authorities say they were involved in a lottery fraud and theft case.

Trumann Fire Department to receive COVID-19 grant

A nearly $7,000 federal grant will help one area fire department replenish its supply of personal protective equipment, plus reimburse the costs of purchasing equipment and supplies.

Salem School District reports COVID-19 case

A school district in Fulton County reported a COVID-19 on Thursday, officials said on social media.

  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.

Country star Kane Brown appears in selfie with employee at Virginia travel center

Angie Graves was working at the Subway at White’s Travel Center along Interstate 81/64 on Thursday morning when she spied country music star Kane Brown.

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.

2020 Mid-South Fair postponed until October

The 2020 Mid-South Fair has been postponed until October.

  Children’s immune systems when going back to school

According to one Heartland doctor, hand washing and staying home will not weaken immune systems.

Fourth man in custody, 1 still wanted in connection to Cape Girardeau murder investigation

Four men are in custody and one is wanted in connection to the murder of Anthony Miller.

  Teen sentenced to 14 years for armed robbery

A Jonesboro teen accused of opening fire during the armed robbery of a discount store will spend the next 14 years in prison.

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.

  Aug. 6: What you need to know

A quick look at what's making news and weather headlines.

  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.

  JETS awarded $2.6 million grant from Federal Transit Administration

The Jonesboro Economical Transit System (JETS) received a $2.6 million grant on Wednesday.

  Grandmother let underage grandchild steer car before hitting 5 people, police say

Memphis police say a grandmother let her underage grandchild steer her car before a crash that sent five people to the hospital.

  ASU-Newport, ASU-Mountain Home postpones fall start date

Arkansas State University-Newport announced Thursday it will wait a week before beginning its Fall 2020 semester.

  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.

  Randolph County Nursing Home has nearly 50 active COVID cases, leaving families concerned

The ADH reported just two active COVID-19 cases among residents at the Randolph County Nursing Home two weeks ago. Now, that number has risen to 49, per the Arkansas Health Care Association, leaving families concerned.

Trump administration invests $7M to modernize water and wastewater infrastructure in Mo.

The Trump Administration announced Wednesday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing over $7 million to modernize critical drinking water and wastewater infrastructure for rural Missouri communities.

  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.”

  Man arrested after multi-county chase ends in Paragould

Travis Hoke of Jonesboro was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fleeing and aggravated assault after the pursuit through Craighead and Greene counties.

  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.

  St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis Triathlon canceled for 2020

The inaugural St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis Triathlon has been canceled for the year 2020.

  Man killed in fiery crash

An Arkansas man died early Tuesday morning when his pickup truck overturned and caught fire.

  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.

  Police identify missing man found dead at Walmart

Jonesboro police have named the missing man found dead this week in a store parking lot.

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

  Crews respond to horse barn fire

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

  L.J. Bryant announces he’s not running for Jonesboro Mayor

L.J. Bryant announced Wednesday morning on his Facebook page that he will not seek the office of Jonesboro Mayor.

  Shooting investigation underway in Kennett, Mo.

Kennett Police are investigating the shooting of a 50-year-old woman on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Arkansas State women’s basketball will host Arkansas in 2021

The matchup is scheduled for November 19th, 2021.

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.

RESULTS: Mo. August 2020 primary election

Results will be tallied on election night; however, they will not be certified until all of the absentee ballots can be counted.

  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.

  Study shows rice likely to survive pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc for farmers, but rice may provide a buffer.

  Jonesboro, Nettleton School Districts offering staggered schedules

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

  Greene Co. Sheriff: 20% of jail inmates tested positive for COVID-19

Sheriff Steve Franks and Jail Administrator Brent Cox confirmed in a Monday news release that “20% of the jail population tested positive. Of that, 99.9% are non-symptomatic.”

  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.