A-State track alum Sharika Nelvis finishes 8th in World Championships

Aug 28, 2015

Arkansas State track and field alum Sharika Nelvis was one of two Americans to qualify for the final of the 100-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Friday at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.

Nelvis, who finishes second in 12.56 seconds in the semifinal earlier Friday, stumbled over the final hurdle and crossed the line eighth in 13.01 seconds.

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A 50th birthday celebration takes place tomorrow at Jacksonport State Park near Newport.  Superintendent of Jacksonport State Park is Mark Ballard.

“Jacksonport State Park opened in 1965, and we are celebrating that milestone in our park’s history,” according to Ballard.  “The focus will be telling about the early days and what it took to establish this park.  All of that occurred through the efforts of the Historical Society to save the old courthouse.  We have some of those founding members that will be here starting at 10 in the morning.” 

Extensive renovation work is taking place at the site of the state’s new osteopathic medical school.  The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved financing the massive renovation of Wilson Hall on the campus of Arkansas State University.  The project is expected to cost 12-point-eight-million-dollars.  The Board approved an eight million dollar loan that would be short term, in that it would not exceed eight years.  The remaining four-point-four million dollars would come from money from Arkansas State University and the New York Institute of Technology, which is partnering wit

Arkansas State University is moving toward academic restructuring in Jonesboro.  If approved by the ASU Board of Trustees in December, the restructure would take effect July 1.  KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talked with Cooksey about why this is necessary and what it will mean for the university.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.

The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance Committee forwarded several items to the full council for next week’s meeting.  Among those items is an agreement for the 2015 Outdoor Recreation Grant Program, which would be used at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.  The grant would allow for outdoor workout stations located along the two mile trail that surrounds the lake at Craighead Forest Park, as well as bike racks and other amenities.  Pending approval by the full council, work on making additions to the park could start as early as this year.  Other resolutions include a 2016 STEP grant for la

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Big River Steel has pre-sold nearly a quarter of the steel it is expected to produce over the next seven years, the company’s CEO told a legislative committee Wednesday.

Dave Stickler spoke to the House and Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees during a meeting at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.

Next week is the start of the football season.  It brings a lot of excitement as many have been talking about their favorite teams through the spring and the summer in anticipation of the start of the season.  One date that has been circled on many people’s calendars is September 12th.  That is when the Arkansas State Red Wolves will host the Southeastern Conference’s Missouri Tigers.  Many fans in the region are excited about the game.  Brooks Taylor of Jonesboro was eating at Buffalo Wild Wings in Jonesboro when I asked him his thoughts about the upcoming game.

A-State Distinguished Alumni Awards announced

Aug 26, 2015
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The Arkansas State University Alumni Association is announcing the recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2015, which will be presented during Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 3. 

This year’s honorees are John A. Bobango of Germantown, Tenn., Ron Miller of Jonesboro, and the late Ed Way of Jonesboro.  These three alumni have a lifetime of achievements, both professionally and with Arkansas State.

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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Arkansas lost another bid for a superproject.

After courting three of the nation’s largest defense contractors for the past three years, the Pentagon on Tuesday (Aug. 25) announced Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense as the winner of a $30 billion award to build nearly 55,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps over the next 25 years.

Bradbury Gallery gets gift and a new name

Aug 26, 2015
Arkansas State University

A vital anchor of the arts community in East Arkansas since 2001, Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University is getting a new look and a new name.

Through the generosity of Curt and Chucki Bradbury of Little Rock, the gallery has evolved to become the Bradbury Art Museum (BAM).

Pictured L to R: Les Christensen, Dr. Jason Penry, Dr. Tim Hudson, Curt and Chucki Bradbury, Dr. Tim Langford, Niel Crowson, Dr. Chuck Welch

From Governor Asa Hutchinson's Office:

Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Howard Brill as the next Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, following the retirement of Jim Hannah, effective on September 1. Hannah’s current term is set to expire at the end of 2016.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

Juvenile files stored by Craighead County’s Circuit Clerk’s office have not been destroyed in many years, which is a violation of a state law.  Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards informed the Craighead County Quorum Court about the issue last night.  Juvenile court records are required to be destroyed on the 21st birthday of that juvenile, unless those files meet four sets of criteria.  Edwards says she was informed the county was violating state law by not destroying those files when a pair of deputies went to a conference in Little Rock and learned about the problem.  Edwards says the office i

Arkansas State University is adding five new online degree programs this school year.  Thilla Sivakumaran is Executive Director of Global Initiatives at Arkansas State University. 

“We just launched four new undergraduate programs.  A Bachelor of Arts in criminology, sociology, political science, and communication studies,” said Sivakumaran.  “In the spring, we will launch a Masters in Engineering Management online program, which is ranked in the top 20 in the country.  We are excited about those programs being launched.”

The House and Senate Interim Committees on Education will meet in Northeast Arkansas next week.  They will be at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Monday afternoon and then will go to ASU-Newport and ASU-Beebe on Tuesday. Vice President for University Relations at the Arkansas State University System is Shane Broadway.  He says this will be a time for Arkansas State to tell its story of the many things that are going on, which he says benefits legislators as much as it benefits Arkansas State University. 

From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission:

Arkansas’s duck season will again cover 60 days. It’s the 19th consecutive year the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl. The vote came today during the Commission’s monthly meeting.

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New members are being recruited for the A-State University-Community Choir.  In November, this ensemble will perform selections from a very popular and well-known piece of choral music, Handel’s Messiah.  Concerts will be held in both Jonesboro and Blytheville.

KASU's Program Director Marty Scarbrough interviews Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University. Click on the Listen button above. 

Higher education is not that popular across the state and the nation.  That word from Dr. Charles Welch, Arkansas State University System President.  He told those attending yesterday’s Faculty Conference in Jonesboro that higher education has been hit hard by a lack of new funding from the state.  At the same time, Dr. Welch says higher education is also undergoing a perception issue, which he hears a lot in the form of three myths. 

A plan to restructure Arkansas State University’s 11 colleges in Jonesboro into six is expected to be complete by July first.  Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research Dr.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin names new Grants Administrator

Aug 19, 2015

From Fritz Gisler, Director of Communications at the City of Jonesboro. 

Mayor Harold Perrin today named Kimberly Marshall of Jonesboro the new Grants Administrator for the City of Jonesboro.

Ms. Marshall comes to the City from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and prior to that, Arkansas State University. While at A-State, Ms. Marshall’s duties included supervising financial operations and ensuring regulatory compliance, developing budgets, and creating strategic plans for grant application and budgeting.

Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore says he was shocked to learn about the death of Big River Steel CEO John Correnti.  Correnti passed away Tuesday morning while in Chicago on a business trip. Correnti has been the driving force for the 1.3 billion dollar project in Osceola.  Hundreds of workers are on site building the project.  Kennemore says he expects the push for completion of the project to continue.

This is Eric Johnson, K9 officer with the Jonesboro Police Department.  He was named as the Arkansas Police Officer of the Year.  He was recognized last night by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and the City Council. 

The Jonesboro City Council is expected to make a final decision on a proposed one-cent sales tax that would fund transportation projects and an economic development commission.  Mayor Harold Perrin explained the need for the tax before the Jonesboro City Council last night.  Perrin said 7/8 cents of the tax would go toward funding 20 transportation projects in the city and would generate just over 14 million dollars a year.

Big River Steel's CEO passes away

Aug 19, 2015

From our content partner Talk Business & Politics:

The CEO of the state’s first superproject, Big River Steel CEO John Correnti, was found dead on an out-of-state business trip Tuesday morning, Talk Business & Politics has confirmed.

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A consulting group hired by a legislative task force says the Private Option will have a net positive fiscal impact for the state of Arkansas budget of $438 million through 2021.

A 63-page preliminary report by The Stephen Group, hired by the Health Reform Task Force of the Arkansas Legislature, distributed its findings to lawmakers late Monday night. A final report will be issued on October 1, 2015.

The Jonesboro City Council is expected to consider a proposed sales tax increase tomorrow night.  If it is approved by the council, a special election for voters in Jonesboro would occur November 10th.  On the ballot would be two sales tax increases, one for a 7/8 cent increase and the other for a 1/8 cent increase.  7/8 cents of the tax would go toward funding 20 transportation projects in the city and would generate just over 14 million dollars a year.