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Get in the holiday spirit with Travel Writer Kim Williams! Williams has a variety of fun holiday activities for the whole family this weekend, including music (and dancing), parades, and celebrating Christmas the old fashioned way.

For those interested in viewing a holiday classic right here in Arkansas, Williams has information on a performance of the Nutcracker in a Little Rock theatre. Music lovers will also enjoy a show combining caroling and the wonders of nature in Mountain View.

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Working as an intern for the Delta Center for Economic Development at Arkansas State University years ago, Hannah Barnett developed a passion for writing grants for local organizations.

"I fell in love with the aspect of indirectly getting to help these people that need it, because I was helping them get money to do what they do," Barnett said.

In October 2016, when she was offered a position to coordinate the new Center for Non Profit and Small Town Support, she saw an opportunity to use her passion to help more people.

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Arkansas State University's student-run publication The Herald has been printing papers for 95 years.  A special celebration of this event is taking place at Arkansas State University.  Two interviews can be listened to that explains the importance of The Herald, especially in a time where print media is facing significant challenges.  

A-State Football Accepts Cure Bowl Invitation

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JONESBORO, Ark. (12/4/16) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that its Sun Belt Conference champion football team has accepted an official invitation to play in the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. (CT), when it will face American Athletic Conference member UCF.

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Some residents in Pemiscot County, Missouri may have felt an earthquake Friday morning.

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Walnut Ridge and Corning are among Arkansas's top 20 safest cities.

In an annual report released Tuesday on Safewise.com, Corning was ranked number 14 with about 4 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and around 17 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Walnut Ridge came in at number 16 with 3 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and nearly 20 property crimes per 1,000 residents. 

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This release from the Jonesboro Police Department, courtesy of Paul Holmes.   

Two Jonesboro police officers have been chosen as the winners of the Stop the Bleeding Foundation’s inaugural “Save a Life Award.” The Stop the Bleeding Foundation, a non-profit organization, was begun by Dr. Spencer Guinn of Jonesboro, an orthopedic surgeon who has combat surgery experience with the United States Army in Iraq.

City of Jonesboro

Sidewalks are a must for all future construction in Jonesboro.  That was the message the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Commission received from concerned citizens in a recent meeting.  For over an hour, citizens pleaded with commissioners to require developers to make sidewalks part of their building plans.  The commissioners were considering ordinance changes to forward to the Jonesboro City Council about rezoning and sidewalks.  In the 1960’s, codes required sidewalks, but those regulations were relaxed and sidewalks were no longer required, which led to many areas of Jonesboro withou

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The 69th Annual Jonesboro Christmas Parade is set for Thursday night.  Jonesboro Jaycees has released a map of the parade route which can be seen below:

The parade route will begin at the Main St/W Cherry Ave intersection and move north to W. Huntington.  The route will then go west on Huntington and then go south on Union St. until ending at the W. Oak Ave intersection.

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Here are the final results from the run off election that took place today in Craighead County.

The ever-increasing Republican majority in Arkansas has a shot a passing some legislation that a toehold of Democrats managed to hold-off, or at least mitigate on occasion in the last session.

City of Jonesboro

  The Chairman of the Jonesboro A&P Commission was found dead in his home.  Thom Beasley was on the commission for the past 10 years, and was instrumental in bringing a convention center to Jonesboro.  

 

The City of Jonesboro released a statement from Mayor Harold Perrin regarding the death of Jonesboro businessman and Advertising and Promotions chairman Thom Beasley:

 

Craighead County

A spirited debate over Craighead County’s proposed nepotism ordinance. 

The full ordinance defines that family members would not be allowed to work with each other under a nepotism policy that is being debated by the Justices of the Peace. 

The ordinance would also require that county workers disclose any business the county does with a family member of a county worker…and it deals with potential conflicts of interest. 

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University is using the current salary threshold in determining who is eligible for overtime.  Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Lori Winn says last week’s preliminary injunction from a federal court is what is behind the move. 

The new Fair Labor Standards Act, which would have been enacted this week, would require that salaried employees making under 47-thousand dollars would be eligible for overtime.  The new rules would have required those employees to clock in and clock out of a new Time Tracker System. 

Holiday Season Fun -12/03 Weekend

Nov 28, 2016

As winter and the holiday season draws even closer, travel writer Kim Williams has a variety of events to put you in the Christmas spirit. From bird watching to ice skating, or just seeing a show, Williams has the perfect event for you and your family.

First, Williams discusses a scientific phenomena that occurs annually here in Arkansas. Bird lovers will want to check this out. Williams also has a magical holiday experience for visitors, with ice skating, carriage rides, and more.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

There are many stories in the history books about African-Americans in Civil Rights Activism.  Here in Arkansas, most people remember the story of 9 Black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock or Daisy Bates. 

However, African Americans in Arkansas made more contributions to civil rights than what was recorded in the history books.  The Arkansas Humanities Council wants the public to hear the stories of civil rights activism in the state. 

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An exhibition of artwork by local students opens at the Bradbury Art Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a public reception, 5-6:30 p.m.

Featured in two galleries will be paintings, drawings, prints and mixed media objects by Jonesboro High School art students.  The exhibition continues through Dec. 7.

In September three JHS classes and BAM began a semester-long project.  The students first toured the museum, discussing the portrait-themed exhibitions on display. In response, they then created a portrait of their own, inspired by the work they had seen on their visit.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that ESPN2 will broadcast the Red Wolves’ final regular-season football game, a Dec. 3 Sun Belt Conference contest at Texas State.

With the addition of national television, the outing at Bobcat Stadium is now set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (CT).  A-State will be making its second appearance this season on ESPN2, but has also seen three contests televised on ESPNU, one on the SEC Network, one on CBS Sports Network and four on ESPN3.

Hunting and Holiday Seasons -11/26 Weekend

Nov 21, 2016

Travel writer Kim Williams prepares us for the holiday (and duck hunting) season with light festivals, duck calling contests, and a way to meet Santa.

Williams takes us to an Arkansas town with a history of one of the largest lighting festivals in the Midsouth. Drive through a 40-acre drive-thru and see over 6 million lights in preparation for the holidays.

Another lighting festival in northeast Arkansas offers live entertainment, and a chance for your children to meet Santa, and tell him their Christmas wishes.

Winter Wonderland, Rink hours set

Nov 21, 2016
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Dates and times for the City of Jonesboro’s Winter Wonderland and First Community Bank Wonderland Rink have been set.

Winter Wonderland, which is free to all, will be open Nov. 30 thru Dec. 21. The Christmas-themed entertainment venue for kids is at 215 W. Monroe Ave., and will be open 5:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 1-8 p.m. Saturdays. Santa will be available to the kids on Wednesday, Nov. 30; Thursday, Dec. 8; Thursday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 20.

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Four aldermen positions are up for grabs in runoff elections that will be held after Thanksgiving. 

In Black Oak, Daniel Carmichael faces Tim Jones for Position 1. 

In Brookland, Melinda Burcham and Martin Crain are running for Ward 3, Position 1.   

In Jonesboro, Terry Sharp faces Gene Vance in Ward 2, Position 2. 

In Monette, Tracey Yates Thompson and Kristian Nuckles are running for Ward 1, Position 2. 

City of Jonesboro

Thanksgiving is next week and the City of Jonesboro wants you to be aware of some activity that will take place ahead of the holiday.

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U.S. Senator John Boozman tells KASU News what he wants to see out of the Trump Administration and what he expects to take place during the current session of Congress.    

Harvest yields low in Northeast Arkansas, could force more farmers from the fields

Nov 17, 2016
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Low crop yields could force some farmers in Craighead County to abandon their livelihoods by the spring, Craighead County Extension Agent Brannon Thiesse told Talk Business & Politics.

Rain, humidity, periods of intense heat, and other factors have led to a relatively poor harvest for rice, soybeans, and corn farmers – three of the staple row crops in the region. There are roughly 200 farmers in Craighead County, and Theisse estimates up to 5% of them could go out of business as a result of poor yields.

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Arkansas is one of 37 states that is encouraging more girls and women to enter into STEM careers.  

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Careers that fall into these categories are traditionally male-dominated.  A national push is underway to change that trend, and get more women involved.  The national effort is called Million Women Mentors. 

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