Walnut Ridge sees sales tax revenue increase; works on unexpected projects

For Walnut Ridge, they braced for the worst financially when the pandemic started, but they found an interesting trend at the end of the year.

Committee approves $50 million funding for DHS

Man accused of rape of a minor

Ritter Communications announces opening of new technology center

  Lawrence Hall, months after over 180 total cases, now COVID-free

  City appoints new members to Zoning Committee; fixing issues

  Vehicle thefts rising as winter approaches

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2,212 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas, hospitalizations rise

  VFW awarded $100,000 in CARES Act grant

Multi-vehicle crash blocking I-555 cleared

Gov. Parson announces partnership with Vizient, additional hospital staff, expand statewide hospital capacity

  Poplar Bluff man charged with murder; police searching for second person of interest considered armed and dangerous

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

  Wynne Sports Complex renovations underway

Construction is underway at the Wynne Sports Complex. Future sites for a multipurpose building, pavilion, and playground are in the works.

  Shelter full due to rise in domestic violence around the holiday season

Unfortunately, with the holiday season, we see an increase in domestic violence. That leaves shelters packed.

Christmas trees representing the Mid-South featured in Pathway of Peace in national display

The National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park is open to the public this year, despite the pandemic.

  Perrin rings bell, early reports show him to be cancer-free

Perrin, who announced back in July that he would not seek reelection for health reasons, has been battling bladder cancer.

  Shelby County Health Department director ‘disappointed’ weekend party was not shut down

  TDH reports nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

  COVID risk at ‘historic high,’ Arkansas remains in Red Zone

Man found shot, suspect in custody

  Silver Alert inactived for missing Portia man

Face masks now required for Memphis Zoo, Botanic Garden guests

  Several measures approved in virtual meeting as COVID-19 forces chamber doors to close

There was a full agenda for city council officials Tuesday, but it all happened virtually as the doors were closed to the general public due to the COVID-19 emergency.

  Dec. 2: What you need to know

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

  Osceola High School pauses on learning new concepts

According to Osceola High School Principal Toshiba Pugh, both students and teachers feel they were not successful with learning this semester.

  St. Bernards ‘lights up a life’ for cancer patients

A Christmas tree was lit up with ornaments sponsored by the community, with the goal to make a difference in the life of cancer patients.

  Pinot’s Palette to close doors in January 2021

A well-known gathering spot in Jonesboro will close its doors in January 2021.

  Unofficial numbers: Leggett defeats Allison in Jonesboro City Clerk race

Voters in Jonesboro decided in a runoff election who will serve as Jonesboro City Clerk.

Investigation underway after dogs fatally shot, dumped in Craighead County

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after finding two dogs fatally shot.

Van Buren schools offer free rapid testing

They say the rapid test will only take 15 minutes to get results. It is a nasal swab.

Arvest Foundation donates $10,000 to help keep A-State students enrolled

The donation from Arvest Foundation will go toward the Arkansas State University's Student Emergency Fund.

  Man speaks out after friends die in Izard County plane crash

Our content partner, KARK, spoke with Warren, who was “devastated” by the news.

Newport native moves on to next round of “The Voice”

Newport native Jim Ranger moves on to the next round of “The Voice.”

  FedExForum makes safety changes ahead of Grizzlies, Tigers basketball games

Attention Tigers and Grizzlies fans. There are major changes inside FedExForum if you plan on attending a basketball game this season.

  ADH: No new flu deaths reported, school absentee rate rises

The Arkansas Department of Health has seen 392 positive flu tests, and 4 cumulative flu deaths have been reported since the 2020 season began on Sept. 27.

  Lake Poinsett set to be restored within next year

Lake Poinsett renovations are almost complete. Shoreline erosion has been repaired, and large gray riprap has been placed across the shorelines.

  Sheriff: Man accused of raping a child multiple times, including with blow-up doll, is dead

Sheriff Stephens said the suspect had a $500,000 bond but was later released to a local hospital because of a serious medical condition Cavaness had before he was ever arrested. No details were released on what the medical condition is.

  Chamber of Commerce hosts “25 Days of Shopping Local”

Several communities had Small Business Saturday events, but the Cross County Chamber of Commerce is going the extra mile by highlighting local businesses the whole month of December.

Ex-Arizona politician gets 6 years in Marshallese adoption scheme

The sentence issued Tuesday in Arkansas to former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is the first of three punishments he’ll face.

Dining rooms empty by choice, not bad business

A couple of restaurants decided to shift their services to be better off financially by closing dining rooms.

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Memphis this week

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit the Bluff City this week as the pandemic continues to rage on in the Mid-South and across the nation.

  Arkansas sees new record for hospitalizations at 1,074

Hospitalizations in the state of Arkansas are at a record high.

  TDH reports over 5,000 new virus cases, 36 additional deaths statewide

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 609 new coronavirus cases and 11 more deaths.

  14-month-old scalded by bath water dies; Mother charged with abuse, homicide

Lauren McArthur has been charged with child abuse and negligent homicide in connection with the death of her son.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash shuts down Johnson Avenue

Jonesboro police have shut down Johnson Avenue following a serious crash.

Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2020

With more than 3.3 billion streams, Bad Bunny’s sophomore solo album “YHLQMDLG” tops Spotify’s list of most-streamed albums globally.

Some Christmas parades are still on, some are not

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to ramp up in Northeast Arkansas, some communities are canceling their holiday parade plans while others say the show must go on.

1 killed, 2 seriously injured in crash

A 70-year-old woman died, and two others suffered serious injuries Monday when their car overturned.

  ABC board says ’trouble normally starts later at night’ concerning compliance checks

Every Monday, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board releases its compliance report and for the last week, every business that was inspected was in full compliance.

  Dr. Romero addresses Arkansas hospitalizations, reassures vaccine safety

He says the state could have its first allotment of Pfizer’s vaccine by the end of next week.

Man arrested after gun and pipe found in traffic stop

A Brookland man is behind bars after police found a gun and a broken glass pipe in a vehicle he was riding in, police say

  Highland School District returns to in-person learning

When Highland went virtual in mid-November, it wasn’t due to COVID cases among students.

  Hospitalizations put strain on Jonesboro hospital

Two Jonesboro hospitals react to an increase in hospitalizations.

  Police chief resigning at end of year

After 20 years as a law enforcement officer, Trumann Police Chief Chadwick Henson said Monday he is stepping down.

  High utilization of credit cards could drop credit score

With the holidays in full effect, there is high utilization of credit cards in stores and online.

  Salvation Army offering shelter from the cold

The Salvation Army in Jonesboro announced Monday it would open its doors to people seeking shelter from the cold weather.

  NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

Just months after the start of a new school year, several Northeast Arkansas school districts have begun reporting positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

  A Better Region 8: Women Accomplishments

In more than 200 years of our nation’s history, women have made great strides and have come a tremendously long way.

St. Jude Memphis Marathon week is here! Here’s how to get the most out of the virtual experience

Race week is packed full of virtual events, from the mosaic reveal to the annual pasta party.

Governor: “Hospitalizations will continue to strain our health care system”

Another day for record hospitalizations in Arkansas with 1,063 hospitalized, up 33 from Sunday.

  NEAHS discusses gifting puppies and kittens before the holiday season

As families finish checking their Christmas lists, many may consider gifting a puppy or kitten for Christmas. Northeast Arkansas Humane Society suggests weighing your options.

  City clerk candidates hope to win in Tuesday’s runoff election

At the end of Tuesday night, Deputy City Clerk April Leggett and Linda Allison fell short of 50% on the unofficial poll numbers.

  Active virus cases surpass 41,000 in Tennessee with more than 7,000 new cases reported

The Shelby County Health Department has identified 283 new coronavirus cases two more deaths.

  Sheriff: Mom’s boyfriend put 5-year-old out of car for “being unruly” before he was hit, killed by another vehicle

A 5-year-old child has died after being hit by a vehicle in Fort Mitchell Sunday evening.

MFD: 2 children, 1 adult dead after house fire

The Memphis Fire Department responded to a house fire early this morning that killed two children and one man.

  Gas prices tick upward as demand plummets

In the past week, the cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Arkansas rose slightly as consumers put the brakes on holiday travel.

  Krystal coming to Caraway Road

Krystal, along with its pups, chiks, and chili cheese fries, is returning to Jonesboro.

  Santa’s North Pole opens with a few COVID-19 friendly adjustments

This is the sixth year Santa has opened up his home to Jonesboro, but this year is different because of the pandemic.

Arkansas reaches new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of total active cases dropped by nearly 60 Sunday as Arkansas saw a record in hospitalizations due to the COVID-19 virus, state health officials said.

  Church distributes over 100 boxes of food

Hispanic church Betel La Casa in Jonesboro gave away over 100 boxes of food to families in need on Sunday.

Region 8 Storm Team named Grand Marshals for Jonesboro Christmas Parade

The Region 8 Storm Team were honored Sunday for their work during the March 28 tornado, when the Jonesboro Jaycees named the team the Grand Marshals for this year’s Jonesboro Christmas Parade.

  Active coronavirus cases nearing 36,000 in Tennessee, over 3,000 new cases reported

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,052 new COVID-19 cases Saturday with the addition of 13 virus-related deaths.

Virtual public involvement highway hearing slated

State highway officials are asking for your help as they plan to start work on a series of road construction projects throughout Mississippi County.

  Cruise for a Cause promotes child advocacy

Kion Pediatrics teamed up with the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center to host Cruise for a Cause.

At least 11 wounded in shooting at Grenada biker club

The shooting happened at SMS biker club just after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Man faces drug, fleeing charges after crashing to deputy’s car

A call about a suspicious person Friday now has a Baxter County man facing a multitude of charges.

One dead, five injured in White County crash

A man was killed and five others were injured Saturday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 36 in White County, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Craighead Co. Mug Shots, Nov. 29-Dec. 5

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

  Small Business Saturday more important than ever because of pandemic

Several customers and owners had the same idea- it’s important to shop locally year-round. Not just on Small Business Saturday.

  BBB issues warning about COVID-19 vaccine trial scams

The Better Business Bureau wants to warn you about scams surrounding COVID-19 vaccine trials.