The Arkansas Department of Education is recommending that the Blytheville School District no longer be classified as being “in academic distress.”
That classification is given to individual schools and school districts when over a three year period 49% of their students score at or below proficiency in math and reading. Proficiency is measured by state mandated testing.
Travel Writer for Arkansas Parks Kim Williams LOVES January. She loves this month so much that she wanted the weekend of the 27th to start a day earlier... on the 26th!
Williams tells KASU's Mark Smith about a special concert taking place in Southeast Arkansas honoring the Bee Gees on the 26th. She also has the "dish" on another event for that weekend revolving around "B's" and "G's", as in "Beans and Greens." It's a cook off for the best beans, greens, and cornbread in the South.
On January 17, 1969, Arkansas Governor Winthrop Rockerfeller signed a law granting Arkansas State College university status. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the institution's status. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live broadcasting the reception Facebook Live.
Ameren Missouri is seeking public comment today (Tuesday) from Southeast Missouri residents on a proposed rate increase.
Media outlets in Missouri report a hearing will be held in Charleston at the high school auditorium tonight at 6 p.m. The state Public Service Commission along with representatives from Ameren are expected to be there to answer questions.
Two hearings were scheduled for today. The first is in Cape Girardeau at the Osage Center at noon.
Monday, January 16, 2017 was the 15th anniversary of the annual Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and program. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live and captured the festivities with Facebook Live. Click on the video below to watch the program.
The unemployment rate in Northeast Arkansas remains low.
The Jonesboro Sun reports, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday released its report of their most recent jobless rate data.
Employment in nonfarm jobs in the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area rose by about 1,300 with over 55,300 people employed since November 2015. Last year, the sector saw an increase in November with around 56,800 residents employed, bringing the jobless rate in the area to 2.9%.
The Poinsett County Quorum Court has unanimously approved a 3% salary increase for county employees.
The Jonesboro Sun reports the salary increase was a part of the 2017 county budget proposal which was passed at Monday night's meeting in Harrisburg. The proposal also included a one-time supplement of $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time employees. The Justices of the Peace will also see an increase in committee meeting pay from $44.93 to $290.92 as part of the new budget.
Four Northeast Arkansas music artists have been nominated for a Grammy Award.
The Recording Academy announced Tuesday the nominees for this year's Grammy Awards ceremony. Jonesboro natives Zach Williams and Jonathan Smith were nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for their song "Chain Breaker." The duo co-wrote the song with Mia Fieldes who was also nominated in the category.
The number of migrant students in Craighead County is on the decline, but Buffalo Island and Jonesboro continues to have the most migrant students.
In 2016 data obtained from the Arkansas Department of Education by the Jonesboro Sun, 276 migrant students are attending school in the county, which is almost 100 students less than the 370 students recorded in 2011. Buffalo Island Central School District reported the most in the county with 114 migrant students. Jonesboro School District had the second highest with 80 migrant students.