A Better Region 8

  A Better Region 8: Mayoral debates for Region 8’s two largest cities starts this week

For the first time in a generation, Region 8's two largest cities will have two new mayors and the debate for the new mayors starts this week.

  A Better Region 8: Census Deadline Approaching

Jonesboro is home to more than 70,000 people but imagine 15-20,000 residents disappearing overnight.

  A Better Region 8: “Hope Week” to bring attention to importance of hope in our lives

A Better Region 8 tackles the creation of "Hope Week," meant to spread the message of the importance of hope in everyone's lives.

  A Better Region 8: Let’s have a great school year

For thousands of families across Region 8 this week, the start of school represents a chance to return to normal.

  A Better Region 8: So many questions with no end in sight to the pandemic

So many are asking questions and many still aren't taking the pandemic seriously.

  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 Better Region 8: Be smart and continue to follow guidelines as we slowly reopen

Be smart and responsible as the state of Arkansas slowly but surely begins to reopen. Be vigilant and wear masks in public.

  A Better Region 8: Reopening the state will come in phases

When it comes to re-opening the state, it will come in phases. Let's trust the professionals who we're looking to to guide us through this reopening.

  A Better Region 8: Helping our neighbors through the virtual food drive

Help us help our neighbors with the virtual food drive, which runs until May 1.

  A Better Region 8: Finding the positive things while staying home and staying safe

As we continue to face trying times, let's do our best to find the positive.

  A Better Region 8: Together, we will overcome and rebuild

Together, Region 8 will overcome and rebuild following the devastation caused by the tornado.

  A Better Region 8: Adjusting to social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

For many of us, this weekend gave us a much-needed deep breath as we accept what is happening, prepare and plan our next steps.

  A Better Region 8: Coronavirus

Let's hold on tight and make sure everyone is taken care of.

  A Better Region 8: Use common sense when it comes to Coronavirus

Don't let the fear of the coronavirus keep you from living. Simply use common sense and follow proper protocol to help prevent the spread of the virus.

  A Better Region 8: Keeping Jonesboro and Region 8 beautiful

In last week's State of the City address, the mayor rolled out a Keep Jonesboro Beautiful initiative.

  A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: Helping Our Wolves Learn or HOWL Transition Program

The Helping Our Wolves Learn or HOWL Transition Program, located on the Arkansas State University, is committed to providing a positive learning experience for students with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism.

  A Better Region 8: The 2020 Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon

Region 8 has a wonderful tradition of giving back. And this week is another opportunity.

  A Better Region 8: Making sure children have something to eat

Right here in the breadbasket of the world, one in four children does not have enough to eat.

  A Better Region 8: Arkansas Sportshow

This weekend, First National Bank Arena will be turned into an outdoor oasis.

  A Better Region 8: Remember to wash your hands

Wash your hands before you leave the bathroom and before you eat.

  A Better Region 8: Speaking out when you notice something wrong

In light of the recent Westside gun incident, it's important more than ever we speak up when we notice something wrong.

  A Better Region 8: UCP Telethon this Sunday

It's the UCP Telethon, Sunday on KAIT-NBC and KAIT-CW, from noon to 6 p.m.

  A Better Region 8: Remembering the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Jan. 20, let us take time to reflect and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  A Better Region 8: Be a hero this week and give the gift of life

Anyone who can donate blood is a hero. This week, YOU have the opportunity to help save lives.

  A Better Region 8: Putting down the phone in 2020

It's January and that means our promise to eat healthy, exercise and whatever other new year's resolution we make begins.

  A Guest Better Region 8: Jonesboro should be excited for 2020 and the future

The Administration and officers of the Jonesboro Police Department are proud to have the opportunity to serve such a diverse, dynamic and growing city.

  A Better Region 8: Providing hope to children who need it most

A Better Region 8 focuses on providing hope to children who need it most with Christmas around the corner.

  A Better Region 8: Give college academics the same attention we give college athletics

It's time for us to give college academics the same attention and recognition we give college athletics.

  A Better Region 8: Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond for Jonesboro

A Better Region 8 discusses the 2020 budget for the city of Jonesboro and looks ahead to the future for the city government.

  A Better Region 8 Guest Editorial: The fight to rename a road after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In this guest editorial, the fight continues to rename a road in Jonesboro after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  A Better Region 8: A great tradition of giving continues

Once again, Region 8 stepped up to the plate, providing over 200,000 meals during last week's Fill the Food Bank.

  A Better Region 8: Helping our veterans not just today, but every day

We should not only thank and help our veterans today, but we should thank them and help them everyday in any way we can.

  A Better Region 8: SkyCops deployed to deter crime in Jonesboro

After numerous shots-fired calls, the city of Jonesboro is looking to Big Brother for help.

  A Better Region 8: Leaving behind a legacy everyone can respect

A Better Region 8 discusses the legacy of former President Jimmy Carter and how everyone should leave behind a legacy everyone can respect.

  A Better Region 8: It’s time to honor Dr. King

Here we are about to enter the year 2020 and we, as a city, can’t figure out how to rename a city street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  A Better Region: Settling the wet/dry debate in Craighead County

Settling the wet/dry debate in Craighead County once and for all.

  A Better Region 8: Raising awareness on teen suicide

A Better Region 8 takes a look at how we can raise awareness regarding teen suicide and suicide in general.

  A Better Region 8: Georgia Bulldogs fans supporting Wendy Anderson

University of Georgia fans showed up Saturday wearing pink to honor the memory and legacy of Wendy Anderson.

  A Better Region 8: Jonesboro at a crossroads

We see leaders on both sides of this issue.

  Coroner: Driver clutched his chest, slumped over before Mississippi school bus crash

William “Chester” Cole, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. At least eight children were injured in the crash, including Cole’s granddaughter who was also a passenger, according to his family.

  A Better Region 8: Stamping out bullying

A Better Region takes a look at stamping out bullying others just because we support different things.