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Lanes on Monette Bypass to Open on Highway 18

Nov 17, 2017
Brandon Tabor, KASU news

More than three miles of newly constructed lanes on the Monette Bypass (State Highway 18) in Craighead County will be opened to traffic, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) officials.

Weather permitting, the completed four-lane section will be open to traffic on Monday, November 20, allowing motorists to travel around Monette on the new bypass. Drivers will have to utilize State Highway 139 to travel in and out of Monette until the east and west connectors are constructed, which is expected to take 2 to 4 weeks.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Monday night was the first Craighead County Quorum Court meeting without a longtime Justice of the Peace.  

Jim Bryant passed away recently after an illness.  He represented District 3.  Bryant served on the Quorum Court for 27 years.  Craighead County Judge Ed Hill said it was hard being at the meeting last night without Bryant.  Hill told what he remembered most about how Bryant served on the Quorum Court.

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State officials are traveling across the state visiting sites where crisis stabilization units are to be located.  

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd was not at the Monday meeting of the Craighead County Quorum Court, but County Judge Ed Hill told the public the county is looking at other options while a permanent building could be built.  Hill says officials will look at several potential pieces of property where existing buildings could be leased to the county to act as a temporary crisis stabilization unit until a permanent building is constructed. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd is expected to provide an update on how much it might cost to build a facility to house a regional crisis stabilization center when he addresses the Craighead County Quorum Court tonight. 

The county was one of four counties in the state to receive a one-point-six million dollar grant from the state to house a center.  A total of five million dollars was released for the project by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says he was extremely disappointed that a homeless ministry decided not to accept a donation for a former nursing home to be used jointly by the ministries and the state as a site of a new crisis stabilization center.  Boyd tells the Craighead County Quorum Court that he is back to square one on how to bring the center to Jonesboro.

"There really is no 'Plan B' when it comes to this," says Boyd.  "We are looking at building a facility near the current county jail, but we don't know how much that will cost."

Not So "Silent" Hattie Caraway

Sep 14, 2017

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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with writer, academic and actor Dr. Nancy Hendricks, who sings the praises of the first elected U.S. female Senator, Hattie Caraway  (1878-1950). 

Dr. Nancy Hendricks is the author of Senator Hattie Caraway: An Arkansas Legacy, published by The History Press.  

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Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd says the county jail needs an expansion.  Boyd told the Craighead County Quorum Court last night the jail is 29 years old and more beds are needed to properly house the inmates.

“Due to the growth of the county and the age of our facility, we have simply outgrown our bed space,” says Boyd.

Boyd says this is needed because of the rapid growth of Jonesboro.

“We are growing two percent every year and with that our problems grow.  Good things happen when the population grows, but bad things happen as well and crime is one of those.”

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It was not a unanimous decision, but the Craighead County Quorum Court passed an ordinance that serves as a nepotism policy.  

The ordinance says that relatives of those who work for Craighead County may not work for a relative that is “in the immediate line of supervision.”  Relatives can work for the county, as long as it is in another position, or in another department. The ordinance would also require that county workers disclose any business the county does with a family member of a county worker…and it deals with potential conflicts of interest. 

Here is the ballot order of the school board candidates for Craighead County's September school board races:

BAY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Position 5

Curtis Hogan

Robert Stotts (Incumbent)

BROOKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

At-Large

Jeremy Parnell

Zone 1

Joshua Gallion (Incumbent)

Kyle Windmeyer

BUFFALO ISLAND CENTRAL

Position 6

Scott Colbert (Incumbent

Position 7

Justin C. Hawkins

JONESBORO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Zone 3

NO ONE FILED

ZONE 7

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Craighead County has ten firefighting districts…mainly in rural areas.  The districts are mostly volunteer.  The Craighead County Quorum Court heard concerns from those fire districts about the need for communication upgrades.  

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The Craighead County Election Commission is recommending the Quorum Court follow a state plan for the purchase of brand new electronic voting machines.  The machines would replace ones the county has been using for the past 12 years.  Under the plan, the state would pay half of the cost for new machines and counties would pick up the remaining half.  If the plan is approved by the Quorum Court, the county would pay almost 355-thousand dollars as the county match.  That would cover over 120 machines, as well as associated equipment and software.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Monday, January 16, 2017 was the 15th anniversary of the annual Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and program.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there live and captured the festivities with Facebook Live.  Click on the video below to watch the program.

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Craighead County's Treasurer says he is nervously watching the county's year end budget numbers through the rest of the month.  

Craighead County-Jonesboro Public Library

In 2017, the Craighead County-Jonesboro Public Library turns 100 years.   Public Relations Manager Brandi Hodges talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about the history of the museum and how the museum is evolving in a digital age.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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Three schools in Craighead County are being recognized in a list of the best schools in the nation.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Valley View High School, Buffalo Island Central High School, and Nettleton High School were listed in the 2016 Best High School Rankings report.

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