Justices on the Craighead County Quorum Court continue to deliberate about the 2016 budget, and are expected to wrap up the discussion next week. Justices have met twice over the past couple of weeks to hammer out a budget, which would fund all of the departments in the county. The budget total is just under 16-million dollars, which includes almost two-million dollars in carryover money from previous years. Budget Chairman Ken Stacks led an hour-long debate over the budget last night, which covered numerous topics from inmate healthcare to housing state inmates in the county jail. Sta
The Craighead County Quorum Court is requesting an opinion from the Arkansas Attorney General concerning operations of both the eastern and western districts of the county. This issue started off as a budget question, but has snowballed into a debate about how the Circuit Clerk’s office is able to do its business at courthouses in Jonesboro and Lake City. Craighead County Circuit Clerk Candace Edwards has asked for the budgets of Lake City and Jonesboro to be combined due to budgetary and potential state legal issues. Supporters of keeping the budgets separate say it allows the courthous
Construction continues on the site of the new Arkansas State University campus in Mexico. The privately funded project is being run through a business foundation in Mexico called Arkansas State University Campus Queretaro. The group has purchased over two thousand acres for a comprehensive community development plan near Queretaro. The college campus will be the focus of the project, but it will also include commercial, residential, and recreational components for up to 70-thousand residents. A press release from Arkansas State University says substantial earth work has been done over m
The 60-day duck season starts this weekend in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are predicting a record number of ducks to come into Arkansas. Trey Reid is Field Editor with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Congress has put in place a temporary patch to provide funding for the nation’s highways; however, an actual highway bill could go to the President’s desk next month…and that is good news for northeast Arkansas’ economy. Negotiations over the next federal highway bill are not going to end by the November 22nd deadline. In an e-mail to KASU news, U-S Representative Rick Crawford’s Press Secretary James Arnold says Congress voted Monday to put in place a temporary spending measure. The new deadline is December fourth. Arnold says he expects Congress to meet this deadline and for President
Debate continued last night about a controversial property maintenance code that is being considered by the Jonesboro City Council. Both sides spent almost half of the 90 minute meeting presenting their arguments about the proposed code. The code that would be adopted is the International Property Maintenance Code, which provides a set of standards that address both interior and exterior requirements of residential properties. The standards would be enforced for those who own their own homes, as well as landlords. Supporters say the code is needed to deal with dilapidated buildings in
After Arkansas State’s men’s basketball team defeated Lyon last night, head coach John Brady announced he is resigning at the end of the season. Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir (Mo-HAH-jure) says Brady will fulfill his duties as the men’s basketball coach through the remainder of the season. Brady is in his eighth season with the Red Wolves and has almost 400 career victories. Arkansas State beat Lyon last night 81-37.
Here is the official press release from the Arkansas State University Department of Athletics:
At a recent fundraiser of the Craighead County Republican Party, U-S Senator Tom Cotton spoke about Republican gains in Arkansas, as well as across the country. He says some states that have been Democratic have switched to red.
“Just two weeks ago, we won another gubernatorial election in Kentucky,” said Cotton. “That means 33 of the 50 governors in the nation are now Republican, including Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. 247 congressman, 54 senators and 68 out of 99 state chambers in this country are governed by Republicans.”
Arkansas Republicans are looking to increase their majority in key races in the state legislature. Republicans hold a 61-38 majority in the State House and a 24-11 majority in the state Senate. 32 races in the state House and 5 races in the state Senate are up for grabs. The Executive Director of the Arkansas Republican Party Doyle Webb was in Jonesboro Saturday night for a fundraiser. He commented about the upcoming election year.
The Friday night terrorist attack in Paris drew strong reaction from members of Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation. Two of those members were in Jonesboro Saturday night at a fundraiser of the Craighead County Republican Party. US Senator Tom Cotton, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Agency, politicized the event, saying the United States needs to go on offense and defeat terrorist groups, like ISIS. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on Paris that killed over 130 people and injured over 300.
The US House and Senate are in final negotiations concerning the federal highway bill. The bill must reach President Barack Obama’s desk by November 22nd, where he is expected to sign it. An exemption for agricultural vehicles to travel on U-S Highway 63 is in the bill.
That exemption allows for Highway 63 to become the new Interstate-555. U-S Representative Rick Crawford was in Jonesboro last night.
The price of gas is expected to continue to decline through the end of the year. Federal numbers from the United States Energy Information Administration says the average price for a gallon of gas is about $2.21. In many locations in Arkansas, the price of a gallon of gas has been well below that, with gas averaging around two dollars a gallon. According to Talk Business and Politics, prices of gas in northwest Arkansas was about $2.04 while central and eastern Arkansas has prices around two dollars, or just below two dollars. Drivers of tractor trailers and diesel vehicles are seeing t
Jonesboro residents overwhelmingly shot down two sales tax proposals in a special election yesterday, while Brookland and Lawrence County saw their respective tax proposals pass. Jonesboro’s sales tax proposal was split in two parts, and both parts were defeated handily. According to unofficial numbers from the Craighead County Election Commission, 3,968 voted against the sales tax for road improvements, while 2,709 voted for the proposal. 4,143 voted against the economic development sales tax, while 2,526 voted for the tax. Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin’s reaction to the numbers.
St. Bernards Healthcare is joining four other organizations in a collaborative effort to improve health care quality in the state, as well as to lower health care costs. The collaboration is called “The Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas.”
Chris Barber is president and chief executive officer of St. Bernards Healthcare and was elected vice chairman of the new organization. Barber says Arkansas leads the nation in obesity rates and the state ranks near the bottom of states in the rates of health outcomes, life expectancy, and immunization rates.
After three days of early voting in Craighead County, almost 22-hundred Jonesboro residents and 12 Brookland residents have voted on separate sales tax proposals for their respective cities. Jonesboro voters are deciding a one-cent sales tax issue that is split in two parts. The first proposal is a 7/8 cent sales tax that would be used for building 20 transportation projects in Jonesboro. That would generate over 14-million-dollars a year. The second proposal is a 1/8 cent sales tax that would create the Jonesboro Economic Development Commission, to help bring jobs to the region. That
The Jonesboro City Council has voted to indefinitely postpone consideration of a controversial property maintenance code. The 2012 International Property Maintenance Code has been debated on both sides, as was again last night in front of the city council. Supporters of the code say it is needed to deal with dilapidated buildings in the city, as well as neglected pieces of property. Opponents say they are worried the code will allow code officers to enter into homes. They are also concerned the code will allow officers to cite residents with unnecessary interior improvements, which coul
A-State alumnus Rob Reep will show his film Captain tonight at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the A-State campus. KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle talks to Reep about his film, which focuses on a family that makes a move to Arkansas around the time of the War of 1812.
Tonight, the Jonesboro City Council will take its first look at a proposal to adopt the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code. The Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code Committee spent almost 30 hours reviewing sample codes and developing a code for Jonesboro that would deal with making sure residential properties in Jonesboro are properly maintained. Supporters of the proposed code say it would help the city deal with dilapidated buildings and abandoned properties, as well as set a standard code that all properties should follow. Some of those who are against the code say the code’s exterio
Arkansas State University’s Department of Social Work is presenting the third annual Health Disparities Conference. This takes place November 11th at Centennial Hall in the Carl R. Reng Student Union on the A-State campus. Dr. Patricia Walls is the coordinator of the conference and is an associate professor and is co-chair of the Bachelor of Social Work programs at Arkansas State. She says the papers and presentations that will be featured deal with health issues that are affecting the region today.
The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department is developing a 25-year plan that will assess the public’s transportation needs. Consultant Maggie Doll attended a public involvement meeting in Jonesboro yesterday. She says the Long Range Intermodal Transportation Plan will cover numerous transportation areas. She says the plan is called We Move Arkansas 2040.
The Jonesboro City Council’s Public Safety Committee has forwarded to the full council a proposal to adopt the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code. The Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code Committee spent almost 30 hours reviewing sample codes and developing a code for Jonesboro that would deal with making sure residential properties in Jonesboro are properly maintained. Committee Chairwoman Teresa Beck says the committee voted 6-3 to forward the code to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee for review. Beck says the code would help the city deal with dilapidated buildings and aband