Every day, people across Arkansas make donations to Goodwill Stores. There are over 20 stores statewide, with new stores opening in Jonesboro and Paragould. Jonesboro's current location on South Caraway has been in the community since 1992. The new location will be across the street. Proceeds from the stores help create jobs in Arkansas. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this edition of Making a Difference.
Arkansas State University's Music Department will start classes this Saturday in the formation of a Youth Orchestra. The orchestra is for those in grades six to 12 who have had at least one year of instruction. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to new faculty member Guy Harrison, who is a professor of violin and viola at ASU, and talks about the youth orchestra during this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
A 64-count indictment was unsealed yesterday after an 11-month long investigation took place in Jonesboro. A methamphetamine distribution ring was broken up Wednesday morning. 27 people were arrested and three are still on the loose. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
In this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves visits City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro. Learn how this organization is changing the lives of at-risk youth in the community. The program serves children in grades one through 12 with after school activities, homework help and support.
In the conclusion of his interview with Stan Perkins, KASU's Mike Doyle asks Perkins about his own musical career. Perkins, son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Carl Perkins, performs this Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge as part of the Beatles At The Ridge festival. Perkins will perform with the Beatles tribute band the Liverpool Legends and with Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers.
In anticipation of this Saturday's Beatles On The Ridge festival in downtown Walnut Ridge, KASU's Mike Doyle spoke with headlining musician, Stan Perkins. In this portion of the interview, Stan tells more stories of the travels of early rock-and-roll musicians along what is now the Rock And Roll Highway.
In anticipation of Saturday's Beatles At The Ridge festival in downtown Walnut Ridge, KASU's Mike Doyle spoke with headlining performer Stan Perkins. Stan is the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Carl Perkins. In this portion of the interview, Stan discussed his father's connections with the Fab Four.
Starting Sunday, September ninth, Bluesfest takes place at Craighead Forest Park in the Bandshell. This is a free event that will also take place on the following two Sundays in September. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to Hairy Larry about this annual event.
Arkansas State University's Fowler Center has an outstanding performance series scheduled, with the first concert slated for the end of September. KASU's Marty Scarbrough continues his conversation with Fowler Center Director Dr. Wendy Hymes in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas has opened its newest location in Jonesboro at Nettleton High School. On this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves takes a look at this organization.
US Congressman Rick Crawford says quick work in needed on a farm bill. Crawford spoke to a crowd at Arkansas State University's and the University of Arkansas' 2012 Cotton Field Day at the Judd Hill Cooperative Research Station near Trumann. Crawford says an extension is likely, since a farm bill is due September 30th. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
New businesses owners face numerous challenges when they decide to start a business in Arkansas. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center gives businesses the tools they need to succeed. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this edition of Making a Difference.
Every day, the Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge provides a safe place for children and their siblings who are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. In this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves examines Children's Shelter and looks at some of the challenges they face.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) conducted his monthly visit with KASU by phone from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The Senator talked about the challenges the convention has faced as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the Gulf coast, the rain that the storm is expected to bring a drought-stricken Arkansas, and other issues. Click on the "Listen" link for the complete interview.
A book detailing the life of Pauline Pfeiffer, the second wife of Ernest Hemingway, has been released. Dr. Ruth Hawkins is the author of "Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow". The book details the role Pfeiffer had in Hemingway's career. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Hawkins about the book in this report.
Dr. Hawkins will be at Arkansas State University's Cooper Alumni Center on Tuesday, August 28th from 3:30 to 5:30 for a book reading and book signing.
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) talked about his stops around the state during the August recess, a recent trade mission with other lawmakers to Panama and Columbia, and election year issues, in his monthly visit with KASU...
About six percent of Arkansas' population is Hispanic. On this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves features the Hispanic Community Services, Inc. and looks at the work they are doing to help Hispanics and the community.
Bids will be awarded next month on the first projects that will make up a major interstate rehabilitation project in Arkansas. Over 450 miles of interstate highways, including all of Interstate 55 from West Memphis to the Missouri Bootheel, will be rebuilt over the next couple of years. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.
After a recent shooting near the Texas A&M campus, some may be anxious about the safety of students as school is about to start at Arkansas State University. KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed Dr. Rick Stripling, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, during Morning Edition and talked about student safety.
Work on the restoration of Johnny Cash's Boyhood home in Dyess continues. The Second Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival takes place on Friday, October fifth at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Proceeds from the concert goes back into work on the home. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Dr. Ruth Hawkins.
Every year, thousands of Arkansans are diagnosed with cancer. Learn the work Hope Circle volunteers are doing as they assist cancer patients. KASU's Johnathan Reaves features Hope Circle in this edition of Making A Difference.
The Fowler Family presented ASU Newport's Jonesboro Campus a one million dollar gift for the new Hospitality Services Education Building. The 2.3 million dollar building should be complete in eight months with classes expected to start next August. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.
In this latest edition of Spotlight On the Arts, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with new Executive Director of the Foundation of the Arts in Jonesboro Karl Hollander. Also, FOA Follies takes place on August 3rd. Those will be discussed as the Foundation of the Arts in Jonesboro is featured during this Spotlight On the Arts.