Education

  School looks to get safer with upcoming school year

One local school looked to upgrade their safety by working with the city to hire a second school resource officer.

Northeast Arkansas students are assembling their future

  Officials, law enforcement work to get gang-related crime out of Region 8

UCA students react to gay pride quote being removed

Summer camp opens doors, minds for future programmers

“Kids Count” ranking shows slight improvements in Arkansas

Poplar Bluff school makes the list of 2019 Gold Star Schools

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  New preschool students added to Weiner Elementary this fall

  Jonesboro community comes together to celebrate Juneteenth

  Community holds annual Juneteenth celebration

  School, city work on traffic concerns around campus

Researchers argue dodgeball is a tool of ‘oppression’ that ‘dehumanizes’ others

  New cell phone policy will save local school district thousands

  Sikeston School Board approves free lunch program for the 2019-2020 school year

The Sikeston School Board has approved the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for the 2019-2020 school year.

  Teaching kids how to care for kids

When an emergency happens, some Region 8 kids will be able to spring into action.

  History redone at local museum

The Randolph County Heritage Museum decided to redo their layout and structure in order to better display the county's history.

  Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers College receive portion of Mo. $30 billion budget

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed a $30 billion budget outlining spending for the next fiscal year.

  Kids enjoying school in the summer

Car dealer helps school get new Driver’s Education cars

  Veteran speaks about his multiple war service

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

  Kids won’t skid on this playground

  Arkansas State University increases tuition for all campuses

  Teacher accused of statutory rape involving a former student

Mary Beth McManus was arrested on June 5 and is out on a $25,000 bond.

A-State Garage is moving to campus

Move to campus will make it more accessible to students and save money.

  Read a book and get a haircut

Need a haircut? How about reading a book!

  Don’t let summer fun become a tragedy

Just a few days ago, a child nearly drowned at the Jonesboro Pool and Recreation Center.

Rhodes College to challenge former student’s ‘gender bias’ lawsuit

A former Rhodes College student is now suing the school.

  Louisiana principal resigns after being arrested at strip club while on school field trip

Holy Family Principal Michael Comeau was arrested Thursday, May 30 in Washington, D.C. at a strip club.

Gr8 Job: Pocahontas OM team finishes 3rd place in world competition

It took months of planning and work by students but an area Odyssey of the Mind team recently picked up third place in a world competition for the second year in a row.

Jonesboro student competes in National Spelling Bee

A Blessed Sacrament student represented Jonesboro in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday.

  Museum houses veteran history year-round

The Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge houses pictures, uniforms and other memorabilia from our wars’ past.

  Fishing derby teaches fun, helps children learn the outdoors

Fishing on the Ridge Fishing derby had their lake stocked and ready for their annual event.Crowley Ridge State Park worked along with the Game and Fish to have 200 stocked catfish ready for Saturday’s derby.

A-State Chancellor surprises two special teachers

Chancellor Damphousse surprised two Mississippi teachers with their diplomas.

University of Arkansas approves tuition hike at most schools

The University of Arkansas' board of trustees has voted to increase tuition or fees at virtually every campus in the school's system

  Pup and Circumstance: Pooch steals show at high school graduation

The fern wasn't the only thing that got drowned out. The valedictorian, apparently not realizing what was happening, got drowned out by the laughter.

First woman in state to receive master’s degree in judicial studies

The program focuses on issues concerning a modern judiciary and covers the crossover between the law and economics, behavioral science, the media and medicine.

  Program opens doors to lower income students

The program is also geared towards high school students who are economically disadvantaged.

Arkansas to host national summit on computer science

Arkansas' governor says more than two dozen states are participating in an inaugural summit next month on computer science

  Lady Liberty gets some limelight

The City of Paragould got national attention for their replica of the Statue of Liberty. The statue made national news.

GR8 JOB: Students earn valuable Microsoft certifications

Students have been certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Snapchat predator allegedly blackmailing teens for nude photos

Sutton Calahan, 17, couldn’t believe a recent message he got on Snapchat. He says it came from an unknown account.

Survey: Pay is biggest driver behind teachers quitting

A new survey reveals that low pay is the biggest reason Missouri teachers leave the profession

  First responders train for tomorrow’s emergencies

The organization is run solely by volunteers who have helped make a difference.

Substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

Paragould police arrested a substitute teacher after they say she had “inappropriate sexual contact” with a student.

Missouri bill tightens caps for in-home child-care providers

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation limiting the number of young children at in-home child-care providers

Little Rock school leaders delay vote on marijuana policy

An advisory board has delayed a vote on whether to recommend banning Little Rock School District employees from using medical marijuana on district property

  Gr8 Job: Golden named Teacher of the Year

A teacher who people say is humble and kind was rewarded Thursday with the KAIT Teacher of the Year Award.

  Caught on Cam: Driver nearly hits 10-year-old trying to board school bus

A 33 second video shows how close a fourth grader came to being hit by an SUV that failed to stop for a school bus.

  Band director remembered through leadership scholarship

Greene County Tech High School held its annual scholarship ceremony.

Arkansas schools receive thousands of dollars

The money will fund nearly 200 classroom projects.

  Mural springs up in community garden

Kids from the MicroSociety Magnet School spent their morning painting a mural in the Westend Community Garden in Jonesboro.

  Suicide rates up for rural farmers

Famers and those who live in rural areas have higher suicide rates due to lack of mental health care, according to the CDC.

  Shelby County Schools looking into new app to help students report bullying

Fernando Montiel’s family says he was bullied, but they had no idea until after he took his own life. Neither did his school district. Now Shelby County Schools is looking into new technology to help make it easier and safer for students to report bullying.

Utter introduced as A-State Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Dr. Alan Utter appeared with A-State Chancellor Kelly Damphousse during a press conference Wednesday.

  Louisiana twins earn $1.3 million each in college scholarships

Brin and Nial Wilson have been recruited by numerous colleges throughout the United States.

  College student collects her diploma after double lung, liver transplant

Kathryn Norris had cystic fibrosis, a chronic genetic disorder that makes it harder to breathe over time.

UCA, ASU-Beebe to sign ‘bear partners’ agreement

The University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State University-Beebe will sign a ‘bear partners’ agreement next Monday.

  Therapy dog featured in Mid-South school’s yearbook

He's among the top dogs at Lausanne Collegiate School, and he's pretty popular with the ladies.

  Jumping for joy, then jumping into careers

A-State held their spring graduation ceremonies with over 2,000 diplomas handed out to students.At Saturday’s graduation, graduates from all different majors, minors and emphasis areas gathered to walk across the stage to receive their diploma.

Southeast MO State Board of Regents raise tuition, fees for fall 2019

The Board of Regents approved an $11.75 per credit hour increase in in-state undergraduate tuition and a $1 per credit hour increase in the maintenance and repair general fee.

Large donation made to performing arts program

Arkansas State University - Mountain Home received a gift of stock valued at more than $200,000.

Missouri lawmakers reject in-state tuition for immigrants

Missouri lawmakers have backed out of a deal to allow colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to students living in the U.S. illegally

  After financial uncertainty, private school says it will stay open

Concordia Christian Academy will remain open for another year.

Pre-K students help make an officer safer

Pre-K students and teachers with Gosnell Elementary organized and collected donations

University of Memphis president testifies before Congress about college completion

University of Memphis President Dr. David Rudd testified before Congress Thursday about the successful work the school has done with under-privileged students.

Students baited hooks instead of sharpening pencils at school

250 children threw in their hooks and tried their luck as beginning fishermen.

  WATCH: Bus driver saves student from speeding car

A spokesman for the school district hopes the video will plainly show the dangers of passing a stopped school bus.

  Professor starts a new chapter

One A-State professor was honored Wednesday as she celebrates her career milestone among students, colleagues and friends.Dr. Lynita Cooksey taught at A-State for 26 years and began her journey there as a student.

Gas leak closes Bay schools for 2nd consecutive day

A gas leak is closing Bay schools for two days in a row.

Students recognized by Governor Asa Hutchinson

Izard County Consolidated School District students Bethany Simmons and Maura Thomason traveled to Little Rock on April 27.

Students take their art to the streets

College students repaint historic mural

Generous donation made to scholarship fund

A donation was recently made to the Dick Clay Memorial Scholarship by an A-State graduate.

  ‘He died a hero.’ Student killed trying to stop UNCC gunman escorted home

21-year-old Riley Howell was shot and killed, but his actions delayed the shooter, giving police more time to respond and fellow students a chance to escape.

  Lockdown lifted at Tuckerman, Swifton schools

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies have given the all clear at Tuckerman and Swifton schools after a social media threat placed them on lockdown.

  BRTC fights to protect those who can’t protect themselves

A total of 34 children lost their lives last year in Arkansas due to child abuse or neglect.

  Greene County officially becomes storm ready

Recognized by the NWS, this means the community has taken the proper steps to give citizens information on severe weather.

NYITCOM receives grant to ‘nurture young, talented minds’

The funds will be used to mentor underrepresented and low-income high school students

  AR governor comes to West Memphis to promote computer science

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will visit West Memphis on Tuesday as part of his annual tour to promote computer science education to students.

Newport’s Senior Signing Day celebrates academics

Seniors at Newport High School were honored on Monday for pursuing higher education.

  Batting to battle drugs in Craighead County

The D.A.R.E. program held its 20th annual Raid Softball Tournament this weekend, with over 30 teams in attendance.