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Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

The new I-555 shields are being made by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.  They will be unveiled during an official ceremony March 11th in Jonesboro. 

State Officials Discourages Outdoor Burning

Feb 19, 2016

  State officials are reminding you to avoid any outdoor burning today.

A lack of rain combined with gusty winds will set the state for dangerous burning conditions today.  This is being a reminder after firefighters from 5 area departments battled a 100-acre fire in the Valley View area yesterday.

No damage or injures reported in the blaze.

Honoring the Hoxie 21 at Nonviolence Youth Summit

Feb 19, 2016
Jonathan Reaves

The Hoxie 21 will be honored at a summit aimed at promoting positive community role models among youths. 

The Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will host the “Nonviolence Youth Summit 16:  Remember Hoxie” as part of Arkansas State University’s Black History Month festivities. 

Audit Reveals 3 Major Issues for Blytheville

Feb 19, 2016

An audit of the City of Blytheville reveals 3 major issues involving sales taxes, the police chief’s office, and the Advertising and Promotions Commission.

The Jonesboro Sun reports in the audit released Wednesday the city failed to file and pay over $1 million dollars in sales and use taxes between September 2008 and August 2014.

Early last February, the city mortgaged a piece of land and signed an agreement with the state Department of Finance and Administration for 30 monthly payments of $36,437 with 2.5% interest.

3 Run for Vacant Alderman Position

Feb 19, 2016
City of Jonesboro

  Three Jonesboro residents are seeking the vacant alderman position on the city council.

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday told the Jonesboro Sun Thursday Phillip Cook, Joseph R Woodberry, and Bobby Edward Long were running for Ward 6, position 1.

Each candidate must collect the signatures of 30 registered Jonesboro voters by March 11th to appear on the ballot.  Holliday’s office is currently working to verify the signatures on the candidate’s petitions.

A former deputy director of a state agency and a former probation officer  have been sentenced to jail for their parts in a bribery scheme.  This press release is from U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer's office:

Red Flag Fire Warning Issed for Several NEA Counties

Feb 18, 2016

  The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag fire warnings for parts of  Eastern Arkansas in the KASU listening area.

The warning is in effect from late Thursday morning until  7pm tonight.  Counties included in the warning are Baxter, Stone, Fulton, Sharp, Izard, Independence, & Cleburne.

The Associated Press reports the weather services says grass, vegetation, and wood in these areas will be very dry due to a very low humidity.  Mixed with strong winds of up to 45 mph, fires outdoors have the potential to spread quickly.

Brandon Tabor

African Americans have been involved in every session of the Arkansas Legislature since the beginning of the state.

A University of Arkansas Fayetteville doctoral candidate spoke Tuesday on some of the challenges they faced. 

The lecture “Spokesmen for Their Race:  African-American Political Involvement in Arkansas, 1868 to 1893” was presented by Rodney Harris at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. 

Harris discussed how African Americans were involved in Arkansas politics  despite the challenges of slavery. 

Officials from the International Code Council defended Jonesboro’s decision to pass a property maintenance code.  During a public meeting, Mark Roberts said the property maintenance code is very similar to what has passed in at least eight other Arkansas cities.  He says the entire International Property Maintenance Code is not what passed in Jonesboro, because the city adopted it to meet their needs.  Roberts says the code is a set of standards that ensure that all residential buildings are as safe as possible:

  The Craighead County Circuit Clerk tells KASU news about a scam involving jury duty.  The following is from Candace Edwards' office:

On 2/17/2016 Craighead County Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards was notified of an apparent scam dealing with jury duty. 

  

The Jonesboro City Council passes salary increases for all city employees, considers roads and establishes a task force to end homelessness.   Every city employee in Jonesboro is receiving an immediate one-thousand dollar raise.  The Jonesboro city council approved an amendment in the budget that will allow for salary adjustments worth almost one-point-one million dollars.  The comprehensive pay plan also deals with adjustments for how much experience an employee has, and also makes benefits adjustments.  The council unanimously approved the measure. 

ADEM Provides New Madrid Earthquake Preparedness Tips

Feb 15, 2016
Wikipedia.org

The date was December 16, 1811. 

That was the date of the infamous New Madrid Earthquake.  The 7.9 magnitude quake was the most powerful earthquake in recorded history.  It’s damage spanned as far north as Wisconsin. 

  The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency filed a report in late November 2008 warning of the possibility of another New Madrid quake of that magnitude.  The disaster would cause “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States.”

AState Carl R. Reng Center Student Union
Arkansas State University Jonesboro Website (astate.edu)

Normal operations at Arkansas State University Jonesboro have resumed after officials placed the campus on lock down.

An emergency alert was sent out Sunday afternoon in response to a call of armed intruders at the Carl R. Reng Student Union.  Local law enforcement and university police investigated the incident and found it was students working on a video project for a class. 

No arrests were made and no injuries were reported in the incident. 

  Arkansas lawmakers mourn the loss of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson reflected on his personal experience with Scalia in an official statement released Saturday.  Hutchinson called him a “stalwart conservative and an overall brilliant jurist.” 

“Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing is a devastating blow to the country. He was a passionate defender of the Constitution, a stalwart conservative and an overall brilliant jurist. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Opponents of Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code have turned in over five-thousand signatures to the Jonesboro City Clerk’s office.  Attorney Travis Story turned in a box full of petitions.  Story says the goal is to have those signatures certified so a special election can occur either May 3 or May 10 to allow citizens to vote on the controversial code.  Story comments:

Disaster unemployment assistance is available to those who have been affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight line winds, and flooding  The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says those affected by the storms that took place from December 26th through January 22nd can file paperwork, as long as they live in the counties that have been declared as federal disaster areas.  In the KASU listening area, that includes Jackson and Faulkner Counties.  Residents in Jackson County can file in Newport and those in Faulkner County can register in Conway.  Claims can be filed now through M

Two public meetings on a controversial property maintenance code in Jonesboro will occur Wednesday.  The City of Jonesboro is hosting the meetings in the Council Chambers of the Jonesboro Municipal Center.  Senior regional manager for government relations of the International Code Council will speak on the property maintenance code.  The Jonesboro City Council adopted the new code in December.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin broke a 6-6 tie on the code and it passed.  Those for the code say it is necessary to get rid of dilapidated buildings.  Those who are against the code say they are con

Disputes over the passing of the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code continue as one group works to gather signatures, despite the actions of another. 

A spokesperson for the Committee to Repeal Property Code 105-2 told the Jonesboro Sun they believe anonymously signed letters from a code supporting group mailed to businesses has helped their cause.

The group Citizens for a Better Jonesboro sent letters in early February to businesses encouraging them to not allow code opponents to collect signatures on their property.

NRA Endorses Sen. Boozman for March 1st Primary

Feb 12, 2016
Sen. Boozman Twitter Page @JohnBoozman

 The National Rifle Association has announced they are endorsing Sen. John Boozman for re-election in the upcoming March 1st Arkansas primary. 

The Boozman Campaign announced Thursday the NRA chose to endorse the republican senator.

An official statement from the NRA said Boozman was awarded an “A” rating from the group for his “consistent and proven voting record in support of the Second Amendment.”  

Boozman is being challenged in the primary by Former Federal prosecutor Conner Eldridge and North Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman.

Courtesy boozman.senate.gov

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) says the President doesn't need Congressional authority to fight ISIS. Also, in his monthly talk with KASU, he discussed sanctions against North Korea, the new federal budget proposal, new environmental regulations that are on hold, and more. Click on the link to hear the entire interview.

JETS Reports Steady Ridership, but Low Revenues

Feb 11, 2016
Jonesboro JETS

The Jonesboro Economic Transit System is seeing a steady number of bus riders, but is losing revenue. 

JETS Director Steve Ewart explained to committee members that last month’s revenue numbers were almost $1,500 less than one year ago. 

Last January, JETS brought in over $4,000.  Last month, JETS brought in $2,700.  Ewart blamed the revenue loss on the system’s fare collecting system.  He says regular glitches and malfunctions have made it hard to collect money for rides. 

Arkansas farmers should look at several factors in determining how they will face challenges this year.  Agricultural economist Dr. Jason Henderson from Purdue University’s Extension Service spoke during Arkansas State University’s Agri Business Conference.  He says three main factors should be thought about immediately:

Jonesboro City Officies will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 15.  

According to the City of Jonesboro website, the trash pick up schedule for the week will change as follows:

Career Closet Prepares Students with Professional Attire

Feb 10, 2016

Arkansas State University’s College of Business is holding a Career Closet for students.  This program gets students ready for job interviews by helping them dress the part, as well as making sure they are ready for job interviews.  H. Steve Leslie is instructor of business communications at Arkansas State University and tells why this is important:

  The Jonesboro City Council Finance Committee is considering an ordinance which could add more than $1 million to the city employee pay plan.

Committee Chairman Darrell Dover told KAIT-TV that full-time city employees would receive a $1,000 pay increase.  Full-time employees with more than one year of service would receive $75 for every year employed up to 30 years annually for longevity pay.

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