Juvenile files stored by Craighead County’s Circuit Clerk’s office have not been destroyed in many years, which is a violation of a state law. Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards informed the Craighead County Quorum Court about the issue last night. Juvenile court records are required to be destroyed on the 21st birthday of that juvenile, unless those files meet four sets of criteria. Edwards says she was informed the county was violating state law by not destroying those files when a pair of deputies went to a conference in Little Rock and learned about the problem. Edwards says the office i
Arkansas State University is adding five new online degree programs this school year. Thilla Sivakumaran is Executive Director of Global Initiatives at Arkansas State University.
“We just launched four new undergraduate programs. A Bachelor of Arts in criminology, sociology, political science, and communication studies,” said Sivakumaran. “In the spring, we will launch a Masters in Engineering Management online program, which is ranked in the top 20 in the country. We are excited about those programs being launched.”
The House and Senate Interim Committees on Education will meet in Northeast Arkansas next week. They will be at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro Monday afternoon and then will go to ASU-Newport and ASU-Beebe on Tuesday. Vice President for University Relations at the Arkansas State University System is Shane Broadway. He says this will be a time for Arkansas State to tell its story of the many things that are going on, which he says benefits legislators as much as it benefits Arkansas State University.
Arkansas’s duck season will again cover 60 days. It’s the 19th consecutive year the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved a 60-day hunting season for waterfowl. The vote came today during the Commission’s monthly meeting.
New members are being recruited for the A-State University-Community Choir. In November, this ensemble will perform selections from a very popular and well-known piece of choral music, Handel’s Messiah. Concerts will be held in both Jonesboro and Blytheville.
KASU's Program Director Marty Scarbrough interviews Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University. Click on the Listen button above.
Higher education is not that popular across the state and the nation. That word from Dr. Charles Welch, Arkansas State University System President. He told those attending yesterday’s Faculty Conference in Jonesboro that higher education has been hit hard by a lack of new funding from the state. At the same time, Dr. Welch says higher education is also undergoing a perception issue, which he hears a lot in the form of three myths.
Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore says he was shocked to learn about the death of Big River Steel CEO John Correnti. Correnti passed away Tuesday morning while in Chicago on a business trip. Correnti has been the driving force for the 1.3 billion dollar project in Osceola. Hundreds of workers are on site building the project. Kennemore says he expects the push for completion of the project to continue.
This is Eric Johnson, K9 officer with the Jonesboro Police Department. He was named as the Arkansas Police Officer of the Year. He was recognized last night by Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin and the City Council.
The Jonesboro City Council is expected to make a final decision on a proposed one-cent sales tax that would fund transportation projects and an economic development commission. Mayor Harold Perrin explained the need for the tax before the Jonesboro City Council last night. Perrin said 7/8 cents of the tax would go toward funding 20 transportation projects in the city and would generate just over 14 million dollars a year.
The Jonesboro City Council is expected to consider a proposed sales tax increase tomorrow night. If it is approved by the council, a special election for voters in Jonesboro would occur November 10th. On the ballot would be two sales tax increases, one for a 7/8 cent increase and the other for a 1/8 cent increase. 7/8 cents of the tax would go toward funding 20 transportation projects in the city and would generate just over 14 million dollars a year.
The Jonesboro Economical Transit System has reached record levels in ridership. Director Steve Ewart was expecting to see over 10-thousand people use the system by this time next year; however, they reached that milestone this month
“It just shows that projects that we made as far as what central transfer operations do were accurate. We are happy with all that,” Ewart says. “It just gives us a challenge of trying to keep schedules. If you have more people getting on and off the bus, that means that buses are running slower.”
It has been one year since the official opening of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and the Dyess Colony. Executive Director of Arkansas State University’s Heritage Sites program Dr. Ruth Hawkins says this past year has been very busy.
Plans to establish an Agriculture & Technology school in Weiner are on hold for now. During today’s meeting of the State Board of Education, the proposal by Weiner residents to detach from the Harrisburg School District and establish the school was pulled from the meeting. Members of the Arkansas Department of Education learned from the Department of Career Education the necessary rules were not clarified before the petition for the school was drawn up. When the rules are in place, the proposal is expected to be placed back on the agenda at a future meeting. All parties were notifie
All of the public schools in the state are required to have a faster emergency response to their schools through the RAVE Panic Button. KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed the Jonesboro E911 Director Jeff Presley about that and the Smart 911 system.
Nettleton School District is the first in the state that has a new emergency response system in place. During the last legislative session, state lawmakers mandated that all schools in Arkansas have a system in place that could help provide faster service in the event of an active shooter or an emergency situation. All public schools in the state will use a RAVE Panic Button system that allows designated officials to call for help by pressing a smartphone app. Nettleton Schools are the first in the state to be a pilot school and to have the system online.
A major operation in Mississippi County leads to the arrests of 50 defendants in 40 separate indictments. 20 defendants are reportedly still on the run and are being sought by local law enforcement. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer made the announcement in a press conference in Blytheville, along with David Resch of the FBI and 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington. Dubbed Operation Blynd Justice, the two year investigation targeted increased drug and gun crime in Mississippi County.
The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance Committee has approved a proposed sales tax to be considered by the full council. If approved by the council next week, a one cent sales tax would be voted on during a special election November 10th. 7/8 cents of the tax would go toward funding 20 transportation projects in the city and would generate just over 14 million dollars a year.
The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning has approved a rezoning proposal that would place off-campus student housing on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro, near Arkansas State University’s University Loop. Representatives from Zimmer Development Company said they plan to place several buildings on 15 acres of land on East Johnson Avenue. The new development would be called University Woods and would be built in two phases.
A major operation in Mississippi County leads to the arrests of 70 defendants in 40 separate indictments. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher Thyer made the announcement in a press conference in Blytheville, along with David Resch of the FBI and 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington. Dubbed Operation Blynd Justice, the two year operation targeting increased drug and gun crime in Mississippi County. Early Tuesday morning, almost 600 law enforcement officers executed arrest warrants. According to a news release, of the 70, twenty are fugitive
The Craighead County Quorum Court has approved a solution to the county’s shrinking data capacity. Information Technology Director Erin Johnson informed justices last month the county’s storage of data has grown exponentially over the past several years, and that an increase was needed immediately to provide storage for the next five years. The Sun newspaper reports $78,000 worth of services will be provided by a vendor that has been approved by the state. Johnson says work on the storage will start immediately.