Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter is the new Regional President for Centennial Bank and will lead the merger between HomeBancShares and Liberty Bancshares of Jonesboro. The merger will create the second largest bank holding company in Arkansas with seven point one billion dollars in total assets. KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Carter and files this report.
HomeBancShares, Inc., the owner of Centennial Bank, has hired Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter to lead the merger between Centennial Bank and Liberty Bank of Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Tonight, KASU welcomes Jeanie and the Guys to Bluesday Tuesday at the Newport Country Club. In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle speaks with drummer and vocalist Jeanie Hendrix about the band; specifically, how the band was recently recognized by the Arkansas Legislature for how the band has helped numerous non-profit organizations.
Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday has become the first countywide officeholder since Reconstruction to be a Republican. Holliday made his announcement during a press conference in Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, July 30th at Osceola High School concerning a draft permit for the proposed Big River Steel project. Public comments are being taken now through July 30th about the air permits. Click here for a link to the permits. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Many federal programs have taken a hit since sequestration took effect in March. The sequestration consists of just over one trillion dollars of automatic spending cuts over the next ten years. How is the sequester making an impact in the KASU listening area? Officials say the Northeast Arkansas Area Agency on Aging has seen a huge hit in funding the Meals on Wheels program. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
County governments are not affected by the federal cuts that are taking place as a result of the sequester; however, they are still closely watching what federal money could come to the state of Arkansas. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked with Craighead County Judge Ed Hill about what the new fiscal year could bring, and files this report.
Arkansas State University's Newport Campus in Jonesboro will be the home of a new program that will train local residents in food services management. The program will start in the fall. Delta Regional Authority has made a 97 thousand dollar investment in the program. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more.
In a deal that will create the second largest banking company headquartered in Arkansas, Home BancShares, parent company of Centennial Bank, will buy Liberty Bancshares. The merger will create a $7.1 billion company. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more.
Debate continues in Arkansas over a designation of the White River as a National Blueway. Federal officials say it is a voluntary program that is locally led. A partnership of federal, state, and local governments will come together to help with White River improvements in several areas; such as habitat, agricultural, hydrologic, recreation and education outreach. Those who oppose the designation fear the federal government is overstepping its boundaries and could take land away from property owners. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
Work is expected to start soon on clearing the Cache River. Since the 1940's, silt, logs, and other forms of debris have clogged the Cache River in Jackson County near Grubbs. The result includes four log jams, two of which are each at least a mile wide each. KASU's Johnathan Reaves explains the problem and how it is being addressed in this report.
Arkansas State University continues to explore public and private partnerships in relation to placing an osteopathic medical school in Jonesboro. To provide a perspective of what an osteopathic medical school would mean to Jonesboro and the region, KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Radiation Oncologist Dr. John Lynch and medical student Josh Potter.
This week, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro has had help in the construction of three homes in North Jonesboro. 92 people from the Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois have been in Jonesboro this week, participating in a mission trip called Side By Side. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
Arkansas State University is making sure the entire Jonesboro campus is a Wi-Fi hot spot as freshmen are required to bring iPads to class in the fall. KASU's Johnathan Reaves gives an update on what ASU is doing to get ready for the fall; he also tells why iPads are being required for class.
Those who can't afford an iPad can rent one from ASU. Deadline to apply for rentals is June 15th. More information is available by clicking on this link.
Arkansas State University is exploring public-private partnerships to establish an osteopathic medical school that would help expand primary health care availability throughout the mid-South, Chancellor Tim Hudson announced today.
ASU System President Charles Welch authorized Hudson to work with local leaders and representatives of existing osteopathic medical schools on a feasibility study for the project.
The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission are moving forward with a plan that could eventually place a convention center and a hotel in Jonesboro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at yesterday's meeting and files this report.
Arkansas State University is the first university in the state and one of the first in the nation to require that incoming freshmen this fall use iPads to enhance their education learning experience. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.
The city of Jonesboro is conducting a study to determine the feasibility of extending Parker Road from Strawfloor to Washington Avenue. Officials are gathering public opinion on the extension of Parker Road by conducting a survey. Click on this link for the survey. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this story.
After a three week investigation into alleged wrongdoing in the Jackson County Circuit Clerk's office, Circuit Clerk Lisa Turner has resigned. The Jackson County Quorum Court is conducting the search for a replacement to fill out the remaining term. KASU's Johnathan Reaves gives an update on the search, as well as Jackson County's new jail.
Groundbreaking ceremonies of the Miracle League Field in Jonesboro took place yesterday morning. The field will be the largest in the United States, and will allow for children and adults with disabilities to play numerous sports on the field. Different events can be held on the field at the same time. The $2.3 million project could open to play this fall, with tournaments expected to be held in Jonesboro next spring. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at the groundbreaking and filed this report.
The Arkansas Department of Health is participating in the 2013 Text4Baby State Enrollment Contest. This national competition provides pregnant women and new moms with important information they need for their health and the health of their babies.
A sports field that will accommodate those who are disabled is closer to reality. A groundbreaking of the new Miracle League field in Jonesboro takes place next Tuesday. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks about the new field and files this report.
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Delta Cultural Center and Helena Advertising and Promotion Commission will sponsor a three-day commemoration of the Battle of Helena Friday through Sunday. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Community Outreach Director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Mark Christ about this weekend's activities, as well as Arkansas' role in the Civil War and the Battle of Helena.