Childhood obesity is a major problem in Arkansas. In this edition of Making a Difference, KASU's Johnathan Reaves examines the work of the Centers for Healthy Children in Jonesboro, and how workers and volunteers are working with children and parents to make families a lot healthier.
Arkansas State University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present a fall concert with the Arkansas Northeastern College Concert Singers. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to Dr. Dale Miller, director of choral activities at ASU, and Dr. Keith Hearnsberger, conductor of the ANC Concert Singers in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.
The United Way of Northeast Arkansas is providing several non profit organizations with funding they need to make a difference in their communities. KASU's Johnathan Reaves examines the work of the United Way of Northeast Arkansas.
Friday night, the Johnny Cash Music Festival takes place at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center in Jonesboro. All proceeds will benefit the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Restoration Project in Dyess. KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses the project and the concert with Dr. Ruth Hawkins, Executive Director of Arkansas Delta Byways.
Arkansas Children's Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are expanding pediatric services in northeast Arkansas; that is good news for parents who are having to take their children to Memphis or Little Rock. KASU's Johnathan Reaves was at yesterday's grand opening and files this report.
A Mexican delegation from Queretaro, Mexico will be in Jonesboro Friday and Saturday. Arkansas State University officials will meet with the delegation about the possibility of placing a campus of Arkansas State University in Queretaro. KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke with Arkansas State University's Chancellor of the Jonesboro Campus, Dr. Tim Hudson during Morning Edition.
Arkansas State University's Theatre Department presents a production of "Nickel and Dimed". This play examines the life of many Americans. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks to the play's director, Jeff McLaughlin, associate professor of Theatre, in this Spotlight on the Arts Feature.
Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranches are making a difference in the state. With their flagship campus in Batesville, and two other campuses in the state, the ranches can house up to 100 abused or neglected children. KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.
Author Shon Hopwood tells about he robbed banks. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison. While in jail, he became interested in the law, and wrote a brief that was heard by the US Supreme Court. KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks to Hopwood about his book, Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption.
The Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble opens its 2012-2013 concert season with a free concert on Thursday, September 27th. In this Spotlight on the Arts features, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with Dr. Timothy Oliver, director of bands and coordinator of wind and percussion studies within the Department of Music.
Every day, people across Arkansas make donations to Goodwill Stores. There are over 20 stores statewide, with new stores opening in Jonesboro and Paragould. Jonesboro's current location on South Caraway has been in the community since 1992. The new location will be across the street. Proceeds from the stores help create jobs in Arkansas. KASU's Johnathan Reaves has more in this edition of Making a Difference.
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.