Groundbreaking festivities take place today in a convention center in Queretaro, Mexico. The progressive Mexican state will be home to the first American University in the country. Arkansas State University joins government and education leaders in Mexico for a celebration of the groundbreaking today. The campus is being privately funded in Mexico and the total project will cost about $60 million. Today's groundbreaking will be for the first phase of the project. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has details.
Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson is throwing his hat in the ring to challenge US Representative Rick Crawford. McPherson is a Democrat who has been the mayor of Heber Springs since 2006. McPherson tells the Sun newspaper he will stress his experience as mayor and his work in the private sector during his campaign. McPherson has lived in Heber Springs since 1964, and lived in Newark and Batesville previously. McPherson says Representative Crawford follows party lines, voting with Republicans 98 percent of the time.
Acclaimed country and bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band, the Poor Mountain Boys, will perform at KASU’s Bluegrass Monday on February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke to Ulisse about her musical roots.
The Moipei Quartet, a vocal ensemble of four sisters from Kenya, will perform Saturday, February 22, in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Wendy Hymes, Fowler Center Director, about this concert.
The Foundation of Arts will present a community theatre production of the play The Scarlet Letter at the Forum in downtown Jonesboro February 22-24. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Kristi Pulliam, artistic and community development director of the Foundation of Arts, about this production.
A statewide organization has been formed that empowers Arkansas women, and encourages them to get more involved in running for political office, as well as other leadership roles. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The Arkansas State University Concert Choir will have a unique opportunity later this week to represent the university to an audience of music students and music teachers from across the state. To prepare for that performance, and to thank the community for its support, the ASU Concert Choir will perform Tuesday, February 18, at 6:00 in Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Doctor Dale Miller, director of choral activities at ASU, who provided more details about tonight’s concert and more information about the choir’s appearance late
The Delta Symphony Orchestra will present its Young Artists Concerto Concert Sunday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro. Grand prize winners from the DSO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition will perform along with the symphony and the Delta Symphony Youth Chorus. Tickets for the concert are available now through the ASU Central Box Office. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Neale Bartee, Music Director and Conductor of the DSO, about this concert.
The fourth annual ‘Rockin’ The Night Away for the Paragould Band’ will be Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould. This concert features Paragould-area musicians performing rock-and-roll songs from the 1950s through the 1980s. The concert is a benefit for the Paragould School District’s band programs, with proceeds going toward the purchase of new instruments. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Richie Williams, Director of Bands in the Paragould School District.
Christian singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan will perform at Williams Baptist College’s Manley Chapel in Walnut Ridge on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m. McMillan’s song “How He Loves” was named one of the 25 most influential worship songs of the past 25 years, and he has been nominated for numerous Dove Awards. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with McMillan about his music.
There are two events that have been rescheduled due to the recent winter weather. Tonight's Soul Food Night at ASU's Military Science Building has been moved to next Thursday night, February 13th, and "An Evening of Trumpet and Piano" will take place Sunday afternoon at three p.m. Here are the releases:
The Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter (S-TAC) of the Arkansas State University Alumni Association will host the 9th annual “Soul Food Day” on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Military Science Building (formerly the Armory) at 1921 Aggie Road.
The ASU Fowler Center welcomes a very unique theatrical production this weekend. Lightwire Theatre will present “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise And The Hare” Saturday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with the co-creator of Ligthtwire Theatre, Ian Carney.
The Arkansas State University Museum will host two activities for Black History Month. An exhibit of photographs by Nadia Bates is on display this month. Also, TinkerFest, a hands-on display of items by African-American inventors, will be presented Saturday, February 8. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Marti Allen and Jill Kary about these events.
Dr. Chris Wilson and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, ASU Music Department faculty members, will perform a trumpet-piano recital at ASU-Jonesboro Tuesday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Wilson and Clark about this rare opportunity for audiences to enjoy a recital of this type.
The Harlem Quartet will perform Monday in Riceland Hall as part of ASU-Jonesboro’s Lecture/Concert series. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Ilmar Gavilan, one of the members of this string quartet, about the group’s unique mission and repertoire.
Two state parks in Northeast Arkansas are scheduling prescribed burns to help reduce the risk of wildfires, and to help animals find more food buried under leaves. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells about the burns that are scheduled to happen at Crowley's Ridge State Park and Davidsonville Historic State Park.
The strings and soloists of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform Thursday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro. KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with the symphony’s music director, Philip Mann, about this upcoming performance.
The number of house fires have skyrocketed over the past month, as residents in the region try to stay warm. As KASU's Johnathan Reaves reports, over 40 families have been displaced due to large number of fires.
The NEA Baptist Clinic will be moving into its new facility on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro this weekend and next weekend. Those specialty offices not at the Matthews location will move this weekend and the Matthews location will move next weekend. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
In a special election yesterday for the State Senate District 21 seat, voters elected Republican John Cooper over Democrat Steve Rockwell by an unofficial margin of 57% to 43%. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has this report.
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about the budget and spending bills, the Farm Bill, and other issues facing Congress in 2014, during his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the interview.
Officials at NEA Baptist are putting the finishing touches on the new medical campus on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro. The transition to the new building starts Sunday morning, as those who are hospitalized will be transferred from the Red Wolf Blvd. location to the new hospital. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Early voting is underway in the State Senate District 21 seat that covers Jonesboro and most of Craighead County. As voters go to the polls, they must have a form of photo ID with them. That is a key provision of the new Voter ID Law that is now in affect. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Arkansas State University has introduced its new head football coach. Blake Anderson was an offensive coordinator at North Carolina. The 22-year coaching veteran has been with numerous teams, including Louisiana-Lafayette and Middle Tennessee State. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about Anderson in this report.