Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin is finalizing dates for public meetings concerning the upcoming special election on November 10th.  The one-cent sales tax proposal would be voted on in two parts.  7/8-cents of the tax would go to fund 20 transportation projects in Jonesboro and the remaining tax money would go toward the formation and funding of the Jonesboro Economic Development Commission.  Alderman Renell Woods says whether or not the tax passes, there is still a continued need for more workforce training. 

A-State's First-Year retention rate sets record

Sep 15, 2015

– Along with rising fall enrollment, Arkansas State University announced a record first-year retention rate of 76.1 percent for the 2015 fall semester.

Above both the state of Arkansas public university (71 percent) and Southern Regional Education Board peer (72 percent) averages, A-State’s ability to return more than three-fourths of its freshman class indicates continued success of the university’s retention programs.

A-State baseball to hold "Alumni Weekend" in October

Sep 15, 2015

The Arkansas State baseball program will hold its annual “Alumni Weekend” for former A-State baseball players and their families Oct. 2-3 in conjunction with the Red Wolves’ football homecoming festivities throughout the weekend.

Head coach Tommy Raffo and the rest of the A-State baseball program would like to encourage all former players and their families to come back and reconnect with their former teammates.

A-State men's golf team starts season in Mississippi

Sep 15, 2015

The Arkansas State men’s golf team opened its 2015-16 season Monday at the 13th Annual Sam Hall Intercollegiate, recording a two-round 582 at the Hattiesburg Country Club that put the Red Wolves in 13th place with one round left to play.

A-State, competing for the first time under new head coach Mike Hagen, ended the first round in eighth place among the 15-team field after recording a 289.  However, the Red Wolves added 12 strokes to that total for the second 18 holes and dropped to 13th place.

A-State women's golf team starts season at Memphis

Sep 15, 2015

Competing in its first tournament of the 2015-16 season, the Arkansas State women’s golf team completed the Memphis Intercollegiate’s opening day in 12th place after recording a two-round 634 at the Ridgeway Country club.

The Red Wolves ended the first round in 14th place with a 324, but climbed two places by cutting 14 strokes off that total for the second 18 holes.  Four of A-State’s six competing golfers lowered their score in the second round, including sophomore Olivia Loiacano with a team-best 75.

Arkansas State Head Football Coach Blake Anderson says his team gave great effort against Missouri, but key injuries and mistakes led to the Red Wolves' loss Saturday night.  Hear what Coach Anderson had to say in yesterday's press conference.

Making room for more data and backing up that information.  Those are the goals for the Craighead County Information Technology Department.  Network Administrator Brad Nelson told the Craighead County Quorum Court that $75,000 is being spent to provide more data storage for the county’s network and to increase speed.

The Craighead County Circuit Clerk’s office is facing a daunting task of reviewing thousands of juvenile files to determine if they can be destroyed.  Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards says not destroying those records is a violation of state law, and the county could face lawsuits.  Edwards tells how many files must be reviewed.

“What I have figured out is that we have about 15,000 files that are going to have to be reviewed,” said Edwards. 

A-State Volleyball team wins Golden Hurricane Classic

Sep 14, 2015

The Arkansas State volleyball team defeated Stephen F. Austin 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-19) to win the Golden Hurricane Classic Saturday morning at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.

A-State Women's Soccer loses tough game

Sep 14, 2015

The Arkansas State women’s soccer suffered a 2-0 setback against Idaho Friday at the Mike Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn., Friday afternoon.

The Vandals struck first, with a pair goals in the first half in the 16th and 24th minutes. Alyssa Lloyd scored first on a shot flicked into the box by Clara Gomez and then headed the ball into the night for the early lead.

Olivia Baggerly scored the second goal when she collected a ball in front of the goal and put it away into the back left corner to make it a two-goal deficit for the Red Wolves.

A-State Volleyball team brings out the brooms

Sep 14, 2015

– The Arkansas State volleyball squad defeated Southern Illinois 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) in its first match of the Golden Hurricane Classic before besting the host team Tulsa 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-16) Friday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.

A-State loses close game against Missouri

Sep 14, 2015
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No. 21 Missouri outscored Arkansas State 17-3 in the second half to come away with a 27-20 defeat of the Red Wolves in front of 29,143 fans at newly renovated Centennial Bank Stadium Saturday.

A meeting will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro about the upcoming Thanksgiving Day meal in Jonesboro.  Richard Carvell tells about the meeting and what this meal means for the community.  The meeting will be held at Monday, September 14th at 7:00 pm.

KASU Seeks Morning Anchor/Reporter

Sep 11, 2015

KASU, the broadcast and online public media service of Arkansas State University, has a position available for a multi-media journalist who can professionally deliver radio news on the air. The successful applicant will be assigned to the Morning Edition on-air shift and other multi-media journalism tasks. You can find details about the position by searching for Broadcast Announcer at the A-State Jobs site --

A-State hosts grand opening of Student Activities Center

Sep 11, 2015
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The Student Activity Center (SAC) at Arkansas State University formally opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., after which students, faculty, staff and community visitors toured the building.

Speakers included Logan Mustain, president of the Student Government Association; D'Andre Anderson, president of the SGA when the project began; Dr. Rick Stripling, vice chancellor for student affairs; Terry Mohajir, director of intercollegiate athletics; and Dr. Tim Hudson, chancellor.

Jonesboro selects new Chief Financial Officer

Sep 10, 2015

Mayor Harold Perrin has announced the selection of Suzanne Allen as the new Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the City of Jonesboro.

Ms. Allen has most recently served as the Federal Program Director/District Treasurer for Hoxie Public Schools. During her tenure there she prepared annual budgets, managed all the accounting for the District, and provided oversight for State and Federal programs. She also obtained over $1.5 million in grants, served on the academic advisory committee, and assisted with overall planning for the District.

'Together We Read' takes place in Jonesboro

Sep 10, 2015

In honor of the selfless and noble work of first responders who came to the aid of so many in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the City of Jonesboro, through the efforts of law enforcement, firefighters, and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), is again participating in ‘Together We Read’, a project that helps children understand the critical work of first responders in the community.

Governor Hutchinson sets execution dates

Sep 10, 2015

LITTLE ROCK  Today, pursuant to the Attorney General’s request, the Governor fulfilled his duty to set execution dates for eight Arkansas inmates whom Arkansas juries have convicted and sentenced to death.  After a careful review of information provided by the Attorney General, the Governor set the following dates according to the age of each inmate’s crime, which, in most cases, occurred over two decades ago.

Arkansas State University System sees an increase in enrollment numbers

Sep 10, 2015

Arkansas State University System campuses today reported preliminary 11th day fall enrollment of 23,331 students, which is a 1.1 percent increase over the previous year.

Dr. Charles L. Welch, president of the ASU System, said he’s grateful to the students who have chosen ASU campuses and online programs to continue their education.

A-State sees high enrollment numbers in the Fall Semester

Sep 9, 2015

Arkansas State University’s 2015 fall semester enrollment is up two percent to 13,410, university Chancellor Tim Hudson announced today.

Across the board increases in several student groups and a new record for retention of first-year students led to the growth.   The 11th-day head count enrollment of 13,410 breaks a trend of downward enrollment and brings with it another highly talented class of first-year students.

The Jonesboro City Council has approved a special election that will take place November 10th for Jonesboro voters to decide on two sales tax proposals.  The first proposal is a 7/8 cent sales tax that would be used for building 20 transportation projects in Jonesboro.  That would generate over 14-million-dollars a year.  The second proposal is a 1/8 cent sales tax that would create the Jonesboro Economic Development Commission, to help bring jobs to the region.  That would generate about two-million-dollars a year.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin addressed a concern about the proposals las

The Jonesboro City Council will make a final consideration of a one-cent sales tax plan for the city.  During tonight’s special meeting of the council, the third and final reading of the plan will take place before alderman will vote on final approval.  If approved by the council tonight, a special election on the sales tax proposal would take place November 10th.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the tax is needed for infrastructure improvements and to bring more businesses to Jonesboro.  7/8 cents of the tax would go toward funding 20 transportation projects in the city and would genera

Arkansas State's Head Football Coach Blake Anderson says he was proud of his team's effort, but noted that four turnovers made the game against No. 8 USC hurt the Red Wolves.  Click the Listen button to hear this week's press conference and how the Red Wolves are turning their attention to Missouri. 

Gov. Hutchinson planning Cuba trade trip

Sep 3, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be joining a group of Arkansas agricultural business interests on a trade trip to Cuba later this month.

The delegation is being led by the Rogers-based World Trade Center Arkansas and is expected to include representatives from Tyson Foods, Riceland Foods and other in-state agri-related businesses. The dates of the trip are Sept. 28-30.

Jonesboro Unlimited and the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Jonesboro Economic Development Commission is launching a strategic plan with the goal of bringing more jobs to the region.  Over two-thousand residents participated in surveys and focus groups as part of a five-month study conducted by Avalanche Consulting, Inc. of Austin, Texas.  President and CEO of the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce Mark Young tells why this was necessary.

“We are excited about the plan.  As we move forward, it is important for us to have a plan in place as we continue to grow this plan from an economic standpoint.”