Arkansas State University's Music Department will start classes this Saturday in the formation of a Youth Orchestra. The orchestra is for those in grades six to 12 who have had at least one year of instruction. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to new faculty member Guy Harrison, who is a professor of violin and viola at ASU, and talks about the youth orchestra during this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
A 64-count indictment was unsealed yesterday after an 11-month long investigation took place in Jonesboro. A methamphetamine distribution ring was broken up Wednesday morning. 27 people were arrested and three are still on the loose. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
In this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves visits City Youth Ministries in Jonesboro. Learn how this organization is changing the lives of at-risk youth in the community. The program serves children in grades one through 12 with after school activities, homework help and support.
Starting Sunday, September ninth, Bluesfest takes place at Craighead Forest Park in the Bandshell. This is a free event that will also take place on the following two Sundays in September. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to Hairy Larry about this annual event.
Arkansas State University's Fowler Center has an outstanding performance series scheduled, with the first concert slated for the end of September. KASU's Marty Scarbrough continues his conversation with Fowler Center Director Dr. Wendy Hymes in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas has opened its newest location in Jonesboro at Nettleton High School. On this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves takes a look at this organization.
US Congressman Rick Crawford says quick work in needed on a farm bill. Crawford spoke to a crowd at Arkansas State University's and the University of Arkansas' 2012 Cotton Field Day at the Judd Hill Cooperative Research Station near Trumann. Crawford says an extension is likely, since a farm bill is due September 30th. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
New businesses owners face numerous challenges when they decide to start a business in Arkansas. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center gives businesses the tools they need to succeed. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this edition of Making a Difference.
Every day, the Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge provides a safe place for children and their siblings who are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. In this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves examines Children's Shelter and looks at some of the challenges they face.
A book detailing the life of Pauline Pfeiffer, the second wife of Ernest Hemingway, has been released. Dr. Ruth Hawkins is the author of "Unbelievable Happiness and Final Sorrow". The book details the role Pfeiffer had in Hemingway's career. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Hawkins about the book in this report.
Dr. Hawkins will be at Arkansas State University's Cooper Alumni Center on Tuesday, August 28th from 3:30 to 5:30 for a book reading and book signing.
About six percent of Arkansas' population is Hispanic. On this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves features the Hispanic Community Services, Inc. and looks at the work they are doing to help Hispanics and the community.
Bids will be awarded next month on the first projects that will make up a major interstate rehabilitation project in Arkansas. Over 450 miles of interstate highways, including all of Interstate 55 from West Memphis to the Missouri Bootheel, will be rebuilt over the next couple of years. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.
After a recent shooting near the Texas A&M campus, some may be anxious about the safety of students as school is about to start at Arkansas State University. KASU's Johnathan Reaves interviewed Dr. Rick Stripling, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, during Morning Edition and talked about student safety.
Work on the restoration of Johnny Cash's Boyhood home in Dyess continues. The Second Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival takes place on Friday, October fifth at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Proceeds from the concert goes back into work on the home. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Dr. Ruth Hawkins.
Every year, thousands of Arkansans are diagnosed with cancer. Learn the work Hope Circle volunteers are doing as they assist cancer patients. KASU's Johnathan Reaves features Hope Circle in this edition of Making A Difference.
The Fowler Family presented ASU Newport's Jonesboro Campus a one million dollar gift for the new Hospitality Services Education Building. The 2.3 million dollar building should be complete in eight months with classes expected to start next August. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.
In this latest edition of Spotlight On the Arts, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with new Executive Director of the Foundation of the Arts in Jonesboro Karl Hollander. Also, FOA Follies takes place on August 3rd. Those will be discussed as the Foundation of the Arts in Jonesboro is featured during this Spotlight On the Arts.
When you think about the American Red Cross, you may think of blood donations or response to major disasters. In this edition of Making A Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves looks at how the Red Cross responds to those who are the victims of residential fires.
Numerous cities around the state are trying to spur more economic development by revitalization of their downtown. In this edition of Making A Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves takes a look at Main Street Arkansas and how this program is affecting Paragould and Osceola.
In this edition of Making a Difference, the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is helping people learn to read. Located inside the Jubilee Family Church in Batesville, the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project serves over 50 people in Fulton, Sharp and Independence Counties. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this report.
The Johnny Cash Music Festival, a concert filmed at last year’s inaugural event, is scheduled to air on three networks this summer. The one hour special, which stars Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Rodney Crowell and more, is a blend of music and stories about the Man in Black. It will air on RFD TV on July 26th at 7:00 pm ET and again on July 28th at 6:00 pm ET. GAC will air the special on July 28th at 8:00 pm ET and again at midnight. PBS affiliates will also air the program during the summer -- check local listings for all PBS airdates.
This edition of Making A Difference features the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. This is an organization that supplies food to over 100 different agencies and runs several programs to help those who are hungry in the region. KASU's Johnthan Reaves files this report.
The next Making A Difference story features CASA of the Second Judicial District. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells how CASA volunteers represent abused and neglected children in the court system and tells why this program is important.