Members of Mayor Harold Perrin’s administration will join with members of the Jonesboro Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC) and Master Street Plan Committee in two (2) public input meetings to be held at the Municipal Center on Monday, February 2, 2015 and Monday, February 9, 2015, to field public comments regarding the Jonesboro’s Land Use Plan and Master Street Plan updates.
–The Arkansas Congressional delegation today requested Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack extend the loan repayment date for farmers impacted by the collapse of Turner Grain until bankruptcy proceedings are completed.
Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) extended loan repayment dates for farmers impacted by the collapse of Turner Grain last fall. The repayment extension is set to expire for farmers during the week of February 1, 2015.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees today approved lease agreements between Arkansas State and the Red Wolves Foundation related to construction and use of the press box at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro.
ASU President Dr. Charles Welch said that the leases would enable the foundation to secure additional financing for the 40,000-square foot press box and concourse expansion. The new facility replaces a 7,120-square-foot press box and will include 20 suites, all of which have been sold, and will open in time for the 2015 football season.
The Jonesboro Animal Control has temporarily suspended surrender and adoption programs due to an outbreak of tracheal bronchitis at the shelter. Known as “kennel cough”, this form of bronchitis is spread airborne and can be spread when animals cough or sneeze. Animal Control Supervisor Sgt.
Proudly displaying the Apple Distinguished Program Award, following a university ceremony, are (from left) Dr. Tim Hudson, chancellor; Dr. Jill Simons, dean, University College; Dr. Gina Hogue, associate vice chancellor for Academic Services; and Dr. Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research.
Representatives from Apple presented Arkansas State University with a special recognition. A-State’s First Year Experience Program earned recognition as an Apple Distinguished Program. The First Year Experience Program requires that all incoming freshman receive iPads for use in the classroom.
U.S. Senator John Boozman talked about the Keystone XL pipeline, relations with Cuba, and other issues facing the new GOP-controlled Senate in his monthly interview on KASU. Click on the "Listen" link for the entire interview...
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel; Dr. Susan Hanrahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions; Dr. Lynita Cooksey, A-State Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academics Affairs and Research; Dr. Tim Hudson, Chancellor at Arkansas State University.
By Arkansas State University Office of University Communications
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced the Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State University has received a distribution of settlement funds under Act 763 of 2013.
The Beck PRIDE Center received $15,000 that will be used to support the needs of the veterans in the program in the areas of personal rehabilitation, individual development or education. The Attorney General’s office often gives settlement monies to non-profit organizations whose constituents may have been adversely affected.
When the 90th General Assembly convenes next week, the ghosts of Arkansas’ political past won’t recognize the party make-up of the state capitol.
Republicans will control 23 of 35 seats in the State Senate; 64 of the 100 seats in the Arkansas House; and all seven of the state’s constitutional offices, including the most powerful position in state government, Arkansas Governor.
A new session of Congress started Tuesday, as two new congressmen and a new senator made history as an all-Republican Arkansas delegation took office.
The state’s congressional delegation – Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; and Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, French Hill, R-Little Rock, Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs – were sworn in around lunchtime during sessions in the U.S. House and Senate.
Every session brings a mix of old and new legislators to the table with some of the veterans hitting their grooves, while some surprises in the interim rise to the challenge.
The 90th General Assembly will see an unprecedented amount of power concentrated in the GOP with near supermajorities in both chambers. The Senate will house 23 Republicans versus 11 Democrats (there is a special election to fill a vacancy in one seat), and in the House Republicans will rule Democrats 64-36.
The good vibes that Arkansas and U.S. consumers are getting from lower pump prices this holiday season will also make for hectic highways and busy airports as Americans with more disposable income plan getaways for Christmas, AAA officials said Wednesday.
Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced the appointment of Shane Broadway, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and a 1994 A-State alumnus, as vice president for governmental relations.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed a number of topics in the headlines during his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview. It begins with the Senator talking about the measures to be taken this week to extend funding for government operations....
Last week, five leading researchers in the state were recognized by the Arkansas Research Alliance. The five people selected were named as ARA Fellows, and were awarded a plaque and $75,000 in research grant money, which will be dispersed over three years. Among those recognized was Dr. Argelia Lorence from Arkansas State University. She co-leads the Plant Imaging Consortium and leads research for the development of more resilient varieties of crops, such as rice. Dr. Lorence is a biochemist and she tells about her research.
A rarely seen passenger train made an appearance in Jonesboro yesterday. It wasn’t just any train. Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad brought its 15-car Holiday Express to Jonesboro. The Holiday Express is in its seventh year of operation and it is a way the company can honor the United States military. Yesterday afternoon, it took 350 military families on a ride from Jonesboro to Marked Tree and back. Santa was on board to meet with the kids and the families enjoyed refreshments in the different cars. I boarded the train yesterday morning to take a look.
This Sunday, a special concert takes place at A-State's Fowler Center in Riceland Hall. This will feature Forum Sinfonia (Polish Chamber Orchestra). In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle tells about this "Holiday Gift to the Community". It is free, with attendees being asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chronically ill child or a non-perishable food item for a needy family.
Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans.
Mid-South Community College president Dr. Glen Fenter said Wednesday that a decision whether or not to merge with the Arkansas State University System may be “one of the biggest decisions ever in the life of this college.”
The college’s board voted by voice vote to send a draft agreement on the merger to officials at Arkansas State University for review.
The merger, if approved by both MSCC and ASU, would be a win-win situation for both, Fenter told the college’s board of trustees during the meeting in West Memphis.
By Arkansas State University Office of University Communications
The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Wednesday the Red Wolves’ football team will compete in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year after accepting an official invitation to play in the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.
A-State, winners of the last two GoDaddy Bowls, will face a Mid-American Conference opponent to be announced at a later date in the ESPN nationally-televised game. The Red Wolves will make their fourth straight appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl and will play their 11th bowl game all-time.
After seeing a slight decline at the end of summer, home sales are back on a positive track in Arkansas’ four largest markets with year-to-date sales up 4.08% and the value of homes sold up more than 3%. October sales in the four markets were up 9.29% and the sales value was up an impressive 18.16%.
September sales in the four markets were up more than 7% and values were up more than 9%.
A challenge to a $1.3 billion steel mill in Mississippi County could face additional hurdles if a suit against the superproject goes forward, attorneys for Big River Steel said in court papers late last week.
Attorneys for Little Rock-based Mitchell Williams and Washington, D.C.-based Baker Hostetler filed a 50-page reply memorandum in support of a motion to dismiss the suit against Big River Steel.
Nucor Steel filed suit Aug. 11 in federal court at Jonesboro alleging the construction of the steel mill near Osceola would violate the federal Clean Air Act.
A 26-acre plot of land in northeast Jonesboro is being eyed for retail and restaurant growth in a busy area of town, one of the developers for the project said Monday.
Josh Brown, with commercial development firm Haag Brown, said the land will be developed where Red Wolf Blvd., Johnson Avenue and U.S. 49 north all meet. While nothing is set in stone, Brown said the project has the potential to be a $30-$40 million development.