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

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

Fla. sheriff says he’ll deputize gun owners if protests overwhelm county

  TDH monitoring Memphis hospital capacity

Imboden Rural Health Clinic closing, officials say

  The Investigators: What Mid-Southerners need to know when federal unemployment assistance ends

  Super Sam’s sees success after tornado

Pocahontas sets graduation date July 13

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Blytheville to temporarily close city pool over increased COVID-19 numbers

Level 3 sex offender arrested in Newport, faces multiple counts of rape

  Craighead County Sheriff’s Department renews ICE program

Arkansas’ attorney general says she’s running for governor

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

  Butler County Fair opens Wednesday

  Sales tax to end; Greene County Jail paid off early

Officials in Greene County made a large announcement Wednesday morning. The Greene County Jail is now paid off, early.

Storms bring heavy winds, power outages throughout Region 8

A strong storm system brought heavy winds and caused nearly 6,500 people to be without power throughout Region 8 Wednesday.

FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

COVID-19 test home collection kit to be available for Kroger frontline workers

Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 test home collection kit.

Osceola FD responds to house fire on E. Hale

  ‘We are gonna die’: Man suspected of abducting child held on $1 million bond

  Craighead Co. seven-day rolling average trending down, Gov. says

Audit: More than $115,000 taken from city of Parma through fraud, official records falsified

Water park to remain closed for summer

Tractors line Hwy. 51 to honor Stoddard Co. man

Osceola woman killed in crash

An Osceola woman died this week when her car struck another vehicle.

  JPD promotes first female assistant chief

In more than 30 years with the Jonesboro Police Department, Lynn Waterworth has achieved what few women have.

  Local nursing homes prepare to open doors to visitors

Many nursing homes across Region 8 are being cautious with expanding visitation and other activities.

  Professor’s instruments detect air quality change as dust plume moved across Northeast Arkansas

The Saharan dust plume brought hazy skies and nice sunsets across a good portion of the South, including Arkansas, it may have also had a physical impact on our health.

Man wanted in Wisconsin murder arrested in Mississippi County

Mississippi County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for murder in Wisconsin.

2 NEA dispensaries approved to sell medical marijuana

Two dispensary licenses were given to two Region 8 locations in a vote by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission Tuesday.

  Young Jackson golfer wins tournaments after undergoing heart transplant

Eleven-year old golfer Jimmy Williams continues to beat the odds and win championships after undergoing a heart transplant in December.

  $150,000 bond set for former Craighead County Clerk

County Judge Marvin Day stated in a Monday news release the investigation revealed that Kade Holliday, county clerk of Craighead County, “personally received monies in excess of $1 million since January 2020.”

Malco Theatre in Jonesboro open 3 days a week beginning July 3

The Malco Theatre will only be open three days a week in Jonesboro beginning July 3.

Wynne Schools releases reopening plan, safety guidelines

Wynne School District in Cross County, Arkansas is planning for students to return to class on Thursday, August 13.

  A Better Region 8: Wear a mask so others don’t lose their jobs, livelihoods

Join us and wear a mask so that other's don't lose their jobs or their livelihoods.

  A-State preps for students and faculty on campus

Arkansas State University prepares for students to return to classes as Summer II classes begin Monday, July 6.

  Human remains found on Crittenden County farm believed to be more than 100 years old

A farmer discovered human remains on his property just off Proctor Road in Crittenden County that raised some questions from law enforcement.

No Redbirds in 2020: Minor League Baseball cancels season

The league tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon, saying Major League Baseball announced it would not provide its affiliated teams with players for the 2020 season.

  Harrisburg School District will offer ‘several options’ for students this Fall

Another Region 8 school district will offer multiple options of learning this fall.

  Gov. Hutchinson authorizes merit pay increase for state employees

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

  COVID-19 shakes up ‘America’s Got Talent’ show on NBC

There was no audience in the Pasadena Theater for this episode when it taped in mid-March just as concerns about the coronavirus were setting in.

  Sheriff: Oklahoma man shoots woman who tried to steal his Nazi flag

A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman was shot after authorities say she was dared to steal a Nazi flag from a man’s front yard.

  St. Bernards changes visitor policy

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues its upward swing, St. Bernards Healthcare is changing its visitors’ policy.

  Walmart removes ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise from website

Walmart is no longer selling “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website.

  NY, NJ and Connecticut expand quarantine order to include all of the Mid-South

Tennessee and Mississippi residents are now included in a quarantine order for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  Pastor discusses impact of list of churches released by ADH

A list put out by the Arkansas Department of Health on Friday listed at least 40 churches where people with COVID-19 visited.

  Funding for proposed MLK education trail topic of discussion for special called council meeting

A proposed trail honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is the subject of a special called city council meeting for Jonesboro on June 30.

  Arkansas reaches 20,000 cumulative COVID-19 cases

Gov. Asa Hutchinson updated the public on the state of Arkansas's response to COVID-19, including the latest cases and deaths.

  Bridger Place progressing just three months after Jonesboro tornado

One person living in the Bridger Place area said he's seen good come through his neighborhood and the community since the tornado.

  New pediatrics and dermatology clinic coming to NEA Baptist as part of project

A new clinic is coming to the NEA Baptist area, thanks in part to a joint partnership as part of The Reserve at NEA.

Prosecuting attorney discusses County Clerk’s arrest

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday finds himself behind bars on suspicion of stealing property exceeding $1 million and abuse of office.

  Medical marijuana sales remain strong in Arkansas

Since the first dispensary opened in 2019, medical marijuana sales remain strong throughout the state of Arkansas.

Mississippians react to bill removing state flag as it awaits governor’s signature

A new Flag may soon fly over the state of Mississippi.

Butler Co. Health Dept. reports 1st death of COVID-19 patient

The Butler County Health reported the first resident death from COVID-19.

  Jonesboro city leaders say they won’t enforce mask wearing

The City of Jonesboro receives multiple requests daily to mandate masks in public but say they cannot enforce it.

Butler Co. Health Dept. to reopen after employees test negative

The Butler County Health Department will reopen its doors to scheduled appointments on Tuesday, June 30.

  Tennessee governor extends state of emergency amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Bill Lee signed three executive orders Monday extending the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing governing bodies to meet electronically and allowing for remote notarization of documents.

  2 Brook Park, Ohio Little Caesars workers fired after putting swastika sign on couple’s pizza

A Brook Park couple stopped for a slice of Little Caesars Pizza on Saturday night but were appalled when they opened the box to an offensive message.

Analyst: Resurgence in COVID-19 cases could lead to lower demand, gas prices

The head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.com says recent drops in demand due could become a trend as more states rescind their re-openings amid an upswing in COVID-19 cases.

  Two arrested after shots fired during chase in Newport

Newport police arrested two people Sunday evening after a theft led to a chase, which led to shots fired.

  Man drowns after wading in St. Francis River

Highway Patrol said the 22-year-old Kennett man was wading in the water when he lost his footing and never resurfaced.

  Craighead Electric plans multiple outages this week

A plan to move a line as highway crews work to build a roundabout will have Craighead Electric crews working on multiple planned outages this week.

  Domestic violence and sexual assault shelter making big impact in Cross County community

Second Chance Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault shelter opened in Wynne in February and is already making a big impact on the community.

  Missouri man in custody as Blytheville police investigate triple homicide

Blytheville police are investigating a triple murder that happened Saturday evening.

Senate, House both approve bill to change Miss. state flag

The Mississippi Legislature approved a bill that would change the state flag.

  Older groups threatened as COVID-19 infections surge among young people

The Shelby County Health Department reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

Arkansas sees nearly 300,000 COVID-19 tests done so far

The state of Arkansas saw over 500 new total cases of COVID-19 reported since Saturday, with about seven percent of the total amount coming from one area county, state health officials said Sunday.

20,575 COVID-19 cases in Mo.

On June 28, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 20,575 cases of COVID-19.

  NEA high school students get their prom after all

Many high school students throughout Region 8 were forced to skip some events this spring due to the ongoing global pandemic. One of those being prom.

Craighead County Mug Shots, June 28-July 4

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

Arkansas close to 20,000 COVID-19 cases, officials say

Arkansas health officials on Saturday said nearly 300,000 COVID-19 tests have been done in the state since the epidemic began, with the number of total cases getting closer to 20,000.

Bass Pro Shops swimmer arrested

After causing a stir on social media Friday, June 26, the man that jumped into the fish tank at Bass Pro Shops has been arrested.

  Area churches respond to list from state officials on COVID-19 exposure

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nate Smith, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, updated the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus, including the latest cases of COVID-19 and deaths.

  Saharan Dust: What is it and what will it bring?

By now, you’ve probably seen a lot of talk about Saharan dust heading for us this weekend. But what exactly is it and is it a big deal for us here in Region 8?

Miss. Senate, House both approve resolution to suspend rules, create committee to change flag

The Mississippi House and Senate both voted on Saturday to suspend rules, allowing for a vote to take place to change the current state flag.

  Jonesboro car dealerships dealing with supply and demand during COVID-19

When COVID-19 ramped up in the U.S., major car manufacturers shut down plants across the nation. However, that didn’t stop many from buying cars.

996 COVID-19 deaths reported in Mo.

On June 27, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 20,261 cases of COVID-19.

  Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce to hold events to help people complete census

Less than half of the people who live in Blytheville have self-responded to the Census, 2020census.gov says, but one organization is working to make sure everyone is counted.

One dead in Independence County crash, ASP says

A Jackson County man was killed early Saturday in a crash in Independence County, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Miss. Governor on state flag: “If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it”

Gov. Reeves shared a tweet Saturday morning that the argument over the flag has become “divisive” and that “it’s time to end it.”

Ark. pastor concerned over church list released by the ADH

A White County pastor shared concerns over a list released by the Arkansas Department of Health Friday evening.

  Breaking Bonds Ministries hosts third annual golf tournament

A golf scramble took place at Sage Meadows Country Club Friday afternoon, but it wasn’t an ordinary tournament. It was to support a great cause in the third annual Breaking Bonds Tournament. Around 25 four-person teams played in the scramble at Sage Meadows Friday to support Breaking Bonds.