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

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.

  State officials report new COVID-19 cases in Paragould, Jonesboro

  $5 million bond set in 14-month old’s death

  Police investigate Saturday shooting at Belt and Bridge

  Two in custody after person taken to hospital when vehicle goes into building, Blytheville police say

  Report: Arkansas Plant Board seeking nearly $600,000 in dicamba settlements

  1 dead, 4 injured after crash in Dunklin, Co.

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Craighead County Mug Shots, May 24-30

  Beale Street reopens with new guidelines

  Two killed in I-55 crash in Mississippi County

Eddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84

  ASU-Newport announces plans for students to return

  Arkansas has nearly 5,800 COVID-19 cases, 115 deaths

  SBA offers loans for those impacted by severe weather in Northeast Arkansas

The Small Business Administration recently approved a disaster declaration for Craighead County, which will allow them to offer low-interest, long-term loans to businesses of any size, non-profit organizations, and residents.

  Google Report: Arkansans making more trips to grocery stores

According to a newly released report from Google, Arkansans are on the move…to parks and grocery stores.

  Vandals strike cemetery again

For the second time in a week, vandals struck a Jonesboro cemetery.

11,752 cases of COVID-19 in Mo.

On May 23, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 11, 752 cases of COVID-19 in the state.

Front facade of building falls loose, hits vehicles, police say

  Storms cause wind damage, power outages throughout region

  Local church continues to navigate COVID-19 effects

Mo. continues refinements to COVID-19 dashboard

  Medical Director warns community to not ‘let your guard down’ concerning COVID-19

  Proposed AgStem Charter in the works for Weiner

Severe storms cause damage, power outages in eastern Arkansas

Thousands of Mid-Southerners were in the dark Friday night, thanks to storms that brought down trees and power lines. One family in Wynne, Arkansas was lucky to escape without injury when a tree came crashing down.

Arkansas World War II veteran to celebrate 94th birthday

A Arkansas World War II veteran is turning 94 and would like to receive birthday cards.

  Trash collection ordinance presented, not voted on at Cherokee Village meeting

The ordinance on garbage pickup was not voted on at the Cherokee Village City Council meeting Thursday, and was sent back to the committee to be rewritten.

  2 unrelated cases of COVID-19 shut down 2 Shadrachs locations

The employee isolated themselves awaiting test results which came back positive Friday morning.

  Arkansas unemployment rate soars above 10% in April

Arkansas’ unemployment rate jumped to 10.2% in April as employers shed jobs and shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Vandals take aim on former firing range

Police say vandals took aim on the former firing range at Craighead Forest Park, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

  Black River Technical College will distribute over $800,000 in grant money

The grant money will help students with expenses such as food, housing, and course materials. Eligible students have until June 1 to apply.

  Jonesboro shelter needs foster parents for their puppies and kittens

During the pandemic even our furry friends feel the impacts that social distancing provides.

  Jonesboro public pool to reopen, officials comment on safety concerns

With warmer temperatures getting here, the Jonesboro Pool and Recreation Center plans to reopen, sparking safety concerns.

  Oxford community supports US marshal going home after recovering from shooting

A U.S. marshal returned home from the hospital Friday after being involved in a shooting in which he was injured and an alleged murder suspect was killed.

Former Sikeston police officer facing charges in deadly February crash turns self in, bonds out

Cooper turned himself in to New Madrid County officials on Friday evening and bonded out.

Missouri jobless rate more than doubles to 9.7% due to virus

Missouri’s unemployment rate more than doubled last month due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

National Poppy Day: Virtual wall of honor

Blooming from battlefield, the Poppy became a national symbol during World War I.

Grand Ole Opry to continue tradition of ‘Salute the Troops’ show ahead of Memorial Day

Country music star and U.S. Army veteran Craig Morgan will be performing at the Grand Ole Opry in the venue’s annual “Salute the Troops” Memorial Day weekend show.

West Memphis offering free drive-thru testing for COVID-19, no symptoms required

The City of West Memphis along with the Arkansas Department of Health is opening a free drive-thru testing location for one day only.

Missing Lawrence County man found safe and sound

An elderly man who was the subject of a Silver Alert from the Arkansas State Police has been found safe and sound.

  Livestreaming this weekend: Memorial Day, Harry Potter and Gibson guitars

The National Memorial Day Concert, Gibson Guitar's new show and a Harry Potter-themed play get a virtual premiere.

273 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Ark. federal prison

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported Friday that 273 inmates and five staff members at the Federal Correctional Complex in Forrest City have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Crayola launches ‘Colors of the World’ crayons to include more skin tones

Crayola has launched a new product aimed at cultivating a more inclusive world for children.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash shuts down I-555

A crash involving two cars and a semi-truck shut down parts of Interstate 555 and sent at least one person to the hospital.

Kennett police search for burglary suspect

Kennett police are looking for a suspect they believe was involved in a burglary earlier this week at a business.

Investigators offering $2,000 reward for information in Crittenden County homicide

Crittenden County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2000 for information in regards to a homicide that occurred on Wednesday night.

  Classic arcade game Pac-Man turns 40 on Friday

One of the most popular video games of all time is now 40 years old.

  Rainy weather slowing down farmers

Weather is everything when it comes to farming, and farmers are hoping for drier weather so they can put their livelihood in the ground.

Gr8 JOB: Child whose leg stuck in bike, receives new bike

A local child who got her foot entangled in a bicycle this week received an unexpected present from Osceola police and firefighters.

Osceola honors graduating seniors with a parade

The Osceola School District honored their seniors with a parade Thursday.

Unilever makes over 2,000 bottles of hand sanitizer for the community

As part of their National Day of Service, the Unilever facility in Jonesboro donated two pallets of hand sanitizer totaling over 2,000 bottles to the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management.

  Gov. Hutchinson announces Arkansas team sports will return on June 1st

Starting June 1st, close contact sports like football, basketball, and soccer can train with limited groups and proper social distancing. Baseball and softball are some of the first sports that will be allowed to play games.

  First class of doctors graduate from NYIT

Thursday marks a special occasion for the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine as their first class of doctors – the first to complete the program – graduated.

  Mississippi casinos reopen to the public

Ready to bet it all? Well, now you can. Casinos in Mississippi have now reopened.

  Small theaters begin opening up after COVID-19 shutdown

While some of the big theaters might not be opening up just yet, a small movie theater in Wynne opened their doors this week after the COVID-19 shutdown.

  Graceland reopens to Elvis fans with limited capacity

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is ‘taking care of business’ when it comes to opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woman charged in connection with shooting of US marshal

An Arkansas woman has been charged in connection with the shooting of a U.S. Marshal in Oxford, Mississippi last Friday.

Suspect arrested in capital murder in Searcy case

A man is now in custody in connection with the capital murder of a Searcy woman earlier this month.

Broadway star Cordero suffers setback in coronavirus recovery, wife says

His wife Amanda Kloots said his health was going downhill during an Instagram Live video stream.

COVID-19 surveillance testing to be done in some southeast Mo. counties

The new dashboard compiles information on case demographics, by county, testing, deaths and hospitalization.

  State sees largest single day increase in COVID-19 cases since reporting began

Gov. Asa Hutchinson update on 5/21 for the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

Butler Co. Health Dept. offering free COVID-19 rapid testing

The free testing does not have any criteria, but it is appointment only.

Man dies in early-morning crash

A man died early Thursday morning in a single-car crash.

3rd COVID-19 patient death reported after Dexter, Mo. nursing home outbreak

A third person has died after a COVID-19 outbreak at a nursing home.

Ark. receiving $5.2 million to expand rural COVID-19 testing

Rural health clinics across Arkansas will share nearly $5.2 million to expand testing for COVID-19.

CDC reports COVID-19 ‘does not spread easily’ from touching surfaces or animals

The Center for Disease Control admits that they are still learning how the new disease of COVID-19 spreads.

  Region 8 woman tells her story to recovery after COVID-19 diagnosis

One Region 8 woman is speaking out after recovering from Coronavirus.

  Place your bets! Tunica casinos reopening May 21

Get ready to place your bets! Casinos in Mississippi are reopening just in time for the coming three day weekend.

Marked Tree man arrested in drug possession case

The discovery of nearly 42 grams of meth near two different churches, a senior citizens center and a school administration building has a Marked Tree man facing drug charges, Marked Tree police said Wednesday.

  Baby bald eagle spotted in nest in Craighead County road

It’s a special time for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

  COVID-19 closures cause thousands in lost revenue to parks department

During Tuesday night’s Jonesboro City Council meeting, a report showed that the Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department lost thousands of dollars in revenue, due to COVID-19 closures.

Governor Asa Hutchinson meets with President Trump on coronavirus response

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) was at the White House Wednesday meeting with President Donald Trump on the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sikeston announces plan for graduation; prom canceled

In a post on Facebook, Sikeston R-6 Schools announced their plans for graduation and prom.

  The Investigators: You may lose money if you cancel your vacation rental during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beaches and vacation rentals are now open in Georgia, Alabama and eight counties in Florida, just in time for Memorial Day. However, one local family says they wished they knew the cancellation policies for the vacation rental they booked for Memorial Day weekend.

  FULL BRIEFING: Arkansas daily COVID-19 update for 5/20

An update on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases, recoveries, and deaths.

Affidavit: Man accused of using social media to have sex with teen

A Craighead County man faces a pair of felony charges after Jonesboro police say he used social media to communicate with a 15-year-old girl to have sex.

  Arkansas consumers to receive $30 million after settlement with auto loan lender

An investigation by nearly three dozen attorneys general around the country will bring nearly $30 million in direct payments and debt relief to Arkansas consumers, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said this week.

  Expert panel discusses health and hospital safety

Medical experts from across Region 8 gathered at Jonesboro’s Council Chambers Wednesday afternoon.

  Telehealth keeping students on track during COVID-19 pandemic

Students across the United States have felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arkansas allowing summer camps to open late this month

Arkansas is allowing overnight summer camps to open at the end of this month, but with new coronavirus-related safety measures.

  Increase in growing gardens during pandemic

Most of the time when we get our hands dirty in the garden it’s considered a chore but one plant nursery in Paragould now says since the pandemic people find it more of an entertainment.