A donation of a former health care facility will be used as a new crisis center for law enforcement, as well as a ministry to serve the homeless in Jonesboro. During a press conference, it was announced that the old Ridgecrest center on North Church Street in Jonesboro will be donated to the Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro. This is a ministry of the Walnut Street Baptist Church. Murl Smith is with the ministries.
The Downtown Jonesboro Association, the West End Neighborhood Association, and Arkansas State University’ Heritage Studies Ph.D. program are working to restore an art sign in downtown Jonesboro. The project would be to restore the Globe Drug Store advertising sign at 300 South Main Street. Dr.
This press release is from Williams Baptist University:
Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge announced Wednesday that, starting next fall, it will be known as Williams Baptist University.
“This is a monumental day in the history of this institution, reflecting a major step forward. Williams has provided an outstanding, Christian higher education for the past 76 years, and being known as Williams Baptist University will help us to advance our programs even further,” said WBC President Dr. Tom Jones.
The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees passed plans to build facilities in Imboden and Walnut Ridge for use in a disaster preparedness training program.
The board meets Friday and will consider long-term lease agreements between the university and the two cities. The facilities would allow university students and local emergency personnel to practice simulations of emergency situations.
Arkansas State offers a bachelor's degree and an associate degree in disaster preparedness and emergency management.
This is a press release from the Delta Regional Authority:
President Donald J. Trump has announced his intent to nominate Christopher Caldwell of Little Rock, Arkansas, to be Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), pending approval by the U.S. Senate. The nomination follows the August 10th appointment of Federal Alternate Co-Chairman Peter D. Kinder of Missouri.
Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says the county jail needs an expansion. Boyd told the Craighead County Quorum Court last night the jail is 29 years old and more beds are needed to properly house the inmates.
“Due to the growth of the county and the age of our facility, we have simply outgrown our bed space,” says Boyd.
Boyd says this is needed because of the rapid growth of Jonesboro.
“We are growing two percent every year and with that our problems grow. Good things happen when the population grows, but bad things happen as well and crime is one of those.”
In this Congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with First District Congressman U.S. Representative Rick Crawford about national security on the anniversary of 9/11, the debt ceiling legislation, and what should be done to address the current disaster relief and future disasters. Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.
The Jonesboro City Council is taking its time in considering a proposal that would call for a six percent pay raise for all elected officials. Council members that spoke about the ordinance last night said they were concerned about how raises that were approved last year might affect future budgets. The council approved pay raises for all city workers last year, which took three-point-four million dollars out of reserves. Alderman Joe Hafner is the chairman of the finance committee on the city council. He says he is concerned about how that drop in reserves as well as a pay raise for