The Nominating and Rules Committee has forwarded a resolution to the full city council that would encourage diversity on the city’s volunteer boards and commissions.
Jonesboro has several boards and commissions that citizens can serve. Some of the boards and commissions include the Board of Zoning Adjustment, Land Use Advisory Committee, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, Civil Service Commission, Auditorium Commission, Municipal Airport Commission, and the Advertising and Promotion Commission.
KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Chintan Desai about the United States' trade war with China and the meeting between U.S President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Desai is the Democratic challenger for the House of Representatives seat in the First Congressional District. He is challenging current Republican Representative Rick Crawford.
Dunklin County residents are voting August seventh on two propositions that would, if passed, lead to the construction of a new hospital in Kennett. There have been several concerns from Dunklin County citizens about the propositions, which led to the county’s three commissioners to hold public forums throughout the county to present information about the taxes that will be voted on. The first public forum was held Thursday night in the northern Dunklin County town of Malden. Just over 40 residents showed up at the meeting.
Later this month, Arkansas State University will host the national organization that manages efforts to increase the population of red wolves. The Red Wolf Species Survival Plan will hold a conference at the ASU System Office in Little Rock July 23rd through the 25th. This is designed to talk about how to protect and breed red wolves that are in captivity. ASU System Vice President for Strategic Communications and Economic Development Jeff Hankins says the situation is dire.
The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission has collected over $31,000 through the first six months of the year, which is about $10,000 short from this time in 2017.
“I feel like the biggest contributor to that was in May, we had a lot of wet weather,” Commissioner Jerry Morgan said at the A & P Commission meeting Thursday. Morgan explained that the rain interfered with construction projects which had an impact on the number of full hotel rooms throughout the week.
In the two years since Peco Foods started operations in northeast Arkansas, one northeast Arkansas town has seen an explosion of growth. Pocahontas has seen an influx of people coming to the town to work at Peco. The last Census numbers show that Pocahontas has a population of 6,800…but Mayor Kary Story thinks that number now is close to 8,500..and growing. Story says when Peco announced they were coming to Randolph County in 2014, a plan was put in place to start building housing.
In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Elvis Presley, Libertarian candidate in the First Congressional District race for House of Representatives. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.