Police & city employee salary wages, property maintenance code, flooding prevention, dueling convention center projects, congested roads.... This year's Jonesboro Mayoral race has a lot riding on it.
KASU wants to connect you to this year's candidates in a fair and balanced forum. Beginning Thursday, September 22 during NPR's Morning Edition, KASU's Jonathan Reaves will interview all 6 of the candidates one at a time.
A police officer in a Poinsett County town was reinstated to his former position as police chief on Thursday after the mayor demoted him a couple of days prior.
Lepanto Mayor Dale Dunlap on Tuesday demoted Police Chief Chad Henderson and appointed Officer David Kinney to the position. Henderson refused the demotion and resigned from the department which caused several other officers to resign in protest.
GOP Candidate for Craighead County Sheriff John Shipman has withdrawn from the November election. County Clerk Kade Holliday’s office on Wednesday received Shipman’s written request to withdraw.
However, Shipman’s name will remain on the ballot since he submitted his withdrawal beyond the 75 day deadline required by state law according to Holliday. The Jonesboro Sun reports Shipman stated in his request that it was in his “family’s best interest” that he withdrawal from the race “due to recent issues that have occurred.”
Jonesboro police officer Adam Shipman has resigned from the force following a criminal investigation.
Police Chief Rick Elliot told media outlets Shipman submitted his resignation on Aug. 11, 2 days after being placed on administrative leave following allegations involving a cyber tip from a cell phone provider.
Elliot declined to comment on the details of the investigation or the charges Shipman may face.
The petition was to give residents the opportunity to vote on making Randolph County a wet county on the November ballot. Earlier this month, just a couple of days before the petition was due, the County Clerk’s office rejected over 169 pages of signatures, causing the group to be 361 signatures short.
120 students in white doctor coats stood proudly on the Riceland Hall stage in the Fowler Center, reciting the “student pledge of commitment” with the goal of accomplishing a dream. A dream to practice medicine.
Compared to the rest of the state, Northeast Arkansas has seen an overall growth in employment, sales tax revenue, and new home starts. Talk Businesses and Politics released their quarterly Compass Report highlighting the economic progress of Arkansas’ key metro areas. This was the first time the Jonesboro metro area was included in the report.
Chief Operations Officer for the city of Jonesboro L. M. Duncan has again resigned from his office. The Jonesboro Sun reports Mayor Harrold Perrin sent an email to department heads on Wednesday about Duncan’s departure.
Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Craighead County District Judge-elect David Boling to fill the vacant district judge position 1 seat.
The position was filled by Curt Huckaby until he passed away in June after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Former Circuit Court Judge and David’s father Larry Boling swore him into office on Monday at the Craighead County Courthouse Annex.
Poverty in Arkansas is an issue. According to the TalkPoverty.com website, the state’s poverty rate was around 18% in 2015. Some counties in the state have it worse than others.
In Northeast Arkansas, Greene County’s poverty rate was below the state average, while St. Francis County exceeded the average at 27.7%. With so many people living in poverty, something has to be done to correct it. That is where the Crowley’s Ridge Development Council comes in.
Do you want to be poor? Do you want to have you or your children wake up every morning wondering where their next meal is coming from? Is it your biggest aspiration to get locked up over and over again?
These are some of the same questions Dr. Marcella Wilson asked herself over 10 years ago while living in Detroit. She tells her story in front of a packed audience at the E. Boone Watson Center in North Jonesboro.
Students from the Arkansas State University Department of Art have been working on painting this mural in downtown Jonesboro. On Friday, the students were joined with city officials for a ribbon cutting of the unveiling of their work. Thanks to KASU's Doreen Selden for taking the pictures of the festivities.