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The incident that occurred yesterday on the campus of Arkansas State University led conversation during the December meeting of the ASU Board of Trustees.  Meeting at the Dryer Hall on the campus of Arkansas State Univeristy-Mountain Home, ASU System President Dr. Charles Welch told trustees that he was extremely pleased with the quick action of the first responders that came on the Jonesboro campus after reports of a man with a weapon started to surface.

A Jonesboro man is in the Craighead County Detention Center after a Thursday event that put the main campus of Arkansas State University in lockdown mode.  Jonesboro Police say 47 year old Brad Kenneth Bartelt drove on to the campus in a green Chevy truck, doused himself in gasoline, and pointed a gun at his chin.  The truck reportedly had gas and a propane tank.  The first call of the incident happened around 1:32 Thursday afternoon.  Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliot says University police officers were immediately on the scene after the truck went to the east side of the student union

Shooter in custody

Dec 10, 2015

A situation that involved a man with a shotgun and possible propane tanks has ended without shots fired.  The suspect is in custody at this time.  The university has remained on lockdown during this situation and will continue to be until the scene is secure.  No one was injured.  The man was located on the east side of the Carl R. Reng Student Union in Heritage Lawn.  No word as to who it was and what the motive was.  That information will be provided soon by the Jonesboro Police Department.  

Arkansas State University finds itself in lockdown mode.  According to University officials, a man drove onto the campus with a weapon.  University Police reportedly have the man surrounded on the back side of the student union near Heritage Lawn.  He reportedly is in protest mode.  No shots have been fired at this time and no one is injured.  Officials are urging those on the campus to stay inside.   We will have more details soon. 

Certificates of Marine Technology, Agriculture, drone policies, and fee rates are some of the items that will be considered during Friday’s ASU Board of Trustees meeting.  ASU-Mid-South in West Memphis is one of nine colleges in the Mississippi River Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Consortium.  The goal is to promote collaboration among colleges located along the Mississippi River.  As part of a U.S.

Brandon Tabor, KASU news

Workers from the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas spent part of Wednesday morning unloading a truck which contained macaroni and cheese.  In fact, 40-thousand-pounds worth.  The donation came from the Land O’Lakes company, courtesy of the company’s Winfield plant in Blytheville.  Plant Manager Paul Vickerson.

“They certainly need the help here with this facility.  I think that it was said the Food Bank is meeting about half the need and they need a lot more folks to step up to the plate and help out.”

The Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation held a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony in Jonesboro.  Veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam attended the ceremony at the Craighead County Courthouse, where a laying of a wreath took place.  Keynote Speaker and World War II Veteran Everett Evans.

"The significance of this day to me is to make sure that we remember what happened at Pearl Harbor.  That event caught everybody by surprise.  We bounced back as a nation and to make sure we never forget what happened."

Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas

The Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas has received a 34-thousand dollar grant from the Blue and You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.  Development Director of the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas Vicki Pillow says the funds will be used in the Backpack Program.

“Feeding America has added a “Foods to Encourage” emphasis, which includes whole grain and dairy.  We will be able to add whole grain cereal packs and milk with each backpack at the end of the week.”

She tells why this is important.

With the passage of the federal highway bill, US Highway 63 will become the new I-555.  The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department says there is a process that takes place to make the change.  KASU News was curious what goes into that process.  Learn more in this interview. 

Congress has passed a comprehensive highway bill.  The five year piece of legislation is fully funded and is worth over $300 billion.  Arkansas is expected to receive $2.5 billion in those five years, which is expected to help the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department finish existing projects, and start looking at new projects.  US Representative Rick Crawford says overall, Arkansas came out of the deal pretty good.

In anticipation of the signing of the federal highway bill into law, the Arkansas Highway Commission has approved a Minute Order that starts the process of creating the new I-555. 

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department tells KASU news the process started 40 years ago, when Highway 63 was turned into the Jonesboro bypass project. 

40 years and $250 million later, the highway is now up to interstate standards—except for a two lane frontage road across the St. Francis River Floodway that could be used by farm equipment. 

The US House and Senate are expected to send a new federal highway bill to President Barack Obama this week.  The new highway bill is a five-year bill that is worth $2.5 billion.  Arkansas is expected to receive 224-million-dollars in additional funds over the 5 year period, which will help the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department finish existing projects, and start awarding contracts on future highway projects.  Included in the bill is exemption language for agricultural vehicles that will make US-highway 63 the new I-555.  Once President Obama signs the highway bill into law, t

Jonesboro E911

From Jonesboro E911. 

Lucille Ray located in East Jonesboro, Police and EMS advised she is ok. Family has been contacted.

Jonesboro E911

Jonesboro officials are looking for this missing woman.  This information comes from Jonesboro E911 Director Jeff Presley.

Arkansas State University is the first university in the state to become a “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.”  The designation comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Arkansas State University’s safety officer Jon Carvell.

“This is a commitment that we made with the National Weather Service to forward their warnings and alerts so that way we can share the alerts and information that they put out to the public.”

He tells how the process started.

The Jonesboro City Council is expected to make a final decision on the future of a controversial property maintenance code.

All Craighead County employees would see a three-percent raise next year…if the full Quorum Court approves the 2016 budget that was given a nod last night by the Budget committee.  The 30-million-dollar budget is considered to be tight.  Budget Chairman Ken Stacks says specific salary needs that come from District Court, the sheriff’s department, and the deputy prosecuting attorney are to be considered by the full Quorum Court...however, he stressed those extra requests were NOT guaranteed.  Justice Terry Couch believed that extra money given to certain employees that is over-and-above the

  The Craighead County Election Commission held the official drawing for the March 2016 ballot.  Here is the how the ballot will look:


Gov. Chris Christie (R)

Jeb Bush (R)

Carly Fiorina (R)

Bobby Jindal (R)

Ben Carson (R)

Donald J. Trump (R)

John R. Kasich (R)

Rand Paul (R)

Marco Rubio (R)

Rick Santorum (R)

Mike Huckabee (R)

Lindsey Graham (R)

Ted Cruz (R)


John Wolfe (D)

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente (D)

Martin J. O’Malley (D)

Emergency responders are keeping a close eye on several rivers in northeast Arkansas that have swollen due to the weekend rains.

As the rain finally tapers off, several counties in northeast Arkansas are closely monitoring the Black River, the L’Anguille, the St. Francis, and the White Rivers.  In some locations, the rivers are well above flood stage. 

In Randolph County, the Black River at Pocahontas is almost three feet above flood stage.  By mid-week, it is expected to reach exactly three feet above flood stage. 

Several county roads in the area are still closed due to the weekend flooding in the region. According to Jeff Presley with Jonesboro E911, Highway 230 from Highway 91 in Lawrence County to Highway 63 in Craighead County is now closed down due to high water.

The continued rain is the main story this holiday weekend.   This announcement: The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Saint Francis River-Craighead Co.  Jonesboro E911 Coordinator Jeff Presley tells KASU News the river is almost level with the Lake City bridge. Evacuations may be necessary.  Presley also sent this statement to KASU:

Local flooding reported Cr 905 and Cr 910, hwy 230 reported flooded west of Bono. Please call dispatch with flood reports at 870-935-5552 24/7- Call 911 for emergency help. Turn around don't drown !

The Automobile Association of America estimates that 46 million people will travel to their Thanksgiving destinations.  As people travel through Arkansas, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is reminding motorists about IDrive Arkansas.  The website and app for smartphones can give the latest information on work zones and highway congestion.  Danny Straessley is Public Information Officer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and tells about

The Jonesboro City Council’s Finance Committee has defeated an ordinance that would sent a controversial property maintenance code to the voters.  Alderman John Street proposed placing the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code on the March 1 Primary last week.  Last night, during a special meeting of the Finance Committee, the proposal was shot down by a 3-2 vote.  If passed, the entire City Council would have to have passed it by a 2/3 margin.  Then, it would have to go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office by December 17 to place it on the ballot.  Some who support the code told the c

A free community Thanksgiving meal will be offered in Jonesboro on Thursday.  About two-thousand meals are expected to be served at the St. Bernard’s Auditorium, as well as being delivered to those who may not be able to get out of their homes.  Richard Carvell tells why this meal is important.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Millions of people are expected on the highways for Thanksgiving travel this week.  State and local law enforcement agencies across the nation are participating in a seat belt campaign that is called Click It or Ticket.  Paul Holmes is the Public Information Officer with the Jonesboro Police Department.  According to Holmes, almost half of passenger vehicle occupants killed crashes were not wearing seat belts.  He says that is a staggering number.