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A spirited debate over Craighead County’s proposed nepotism ordinance. 

The full ordinance defines that family members would not be allowed to work with each other under a nepotism policy that is being debated by the Justices of the Peace. 

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. 

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Four aldermen positions are up for grabs in runoff elections that will be held after Thanksgiving. 

In Black Oak, Daniel Carmichael faces Tim Jones for Position 1. 

In Brookland, Melinda Burcham and Martin Crain are running for Ward 3, Position 1.   

In Jonesboro, Terry Sharp faces Gene Vance in Ward 2, Position 2. 

In Monette, Tracey Yates Thompson and Kristian Nuckles are running for Ward 1, Position 2. 

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Arkansas State University may not have a polling site for the mid-term elections.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says a lack of a road near the Military Science Building, and lack of parking, made it difficult for voters to cast their ballots.  

A private ceremony was held Tuesday in Cash for the 3 young children who died in a house fire last Wednesday.

Cash Assistant Fire Chief Ron Eaton told KAIT the mother of the children was released from the hospital.  The mother, Jennifer Jones, sustained burns from the fire while trying to save her children and was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis.

The Cash Fire Department will have an event on November 18 to raise money for the family.

You can look at your November ballot before you go to the polls.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has established a website that allows you to view your ballot, as well as change any voter registration information.  Holliday says this site is not new to the state, but it is new to Craighead County.

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The Craighead County Quorum Court is looking at how to improve drainage throughout the county.  Justices of the Peace have asked Craighead County Judge Ed Hill to look at how to make all of the drainage districts in the county to be more effective.  They say some districts work very well at raising money and using those funds to clear out ditches and work on drainage issues. 

Jonesboro and Craighead County sales tax receipts up more than 5% year-to-date

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Jonesboro has collected $11.6 million in city sales and use tax in the first seven months of 2016, up 5.1% over the same period in 2015, according to the city. Craighead County sales tax collections totaled $12.8 million in sales and use taxes, up 5.2%, or $639,000, from the same period in 2015, according to the county.

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Former Pastor John Mark Wilson will receive 36 months of supervised probation after pleading guilty for possessing and viewing child pornography. 

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin on Thursday hosted U.S. Corps of Engineers Memphis District Commander Col. Michael A. Ellicott, members of local drainage districts, county officials and representatives of Arkansas’ congressional delegations to further advance long-term stormwater drainage planning.

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GOP Candidate for Craighead County Sheriff John Shipman has withdrawn from the November election.  County Clerk Kade Holliday’s office on Wednesday received Shipman’s written request to withdraw.

However, Shipman’s name will remain on the ballot since he submitted his withdrawal beyond the 75 day deadline required by state law according to Holliday.  The Jonesboro Sun reports Shipman stated in his request that it was in his “family’s best interest” that he withdrawal from the race “due to recent issues that have occurred.” 

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The Craighead County Clerk's office and the Craighead County Election Commission held an official ballot draw in Jonesboro.  This is the exact placement of how the November 2016 election ballot will look in Craighead County.  Here is the information listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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These are the latest and final municipal filings in Craighead County, which shows an active November election.  

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Compared to the rest of the state, Northeast Arkansas has seen an overall growth in employment, sales tax revenue, and new home starts.  Talk Businesses and Politics released their quarterly Compass Report highlighting the economic progress of Arkansas’ key metro areas.  This was the first time the Jonesboro metro area was included in the report.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson has appointed Craighead County District Judge-elect David Boling to fill the vacant district judge position 1 seat. 

The position was filled by Curt Huckaby until he passed away in June after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Former Circuit Court Judge and David’s father Larry Boling swore him into office on Monday at the Craighead County Courthouse Annex. 

Crowley's Ridge Development Council

Poverty in Arkansas is an issue.  According to the TalkPoverty.com website, the state’s poverty rate was around 18% in 2015.  Some counties in the state have it worse than others. 

In Northeast Arkansas, Greene County’s poverty rate was below the state average, while St. Francis County exceeded the average at 27.7%.  With so many people living in poverty, something has to be done to correct it.  That is where the Crowley’s Ridge Development Council comes in. 

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  Judge Curt Huckaby’s passing last week (Tuesday) has left a vacancy for the Craighead County District Judge seat which leaves the task of filling the seat with Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

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Various road construction projects are taking place this week in Northeast Arkansas.

In Craighead County, the state Highway and Transportation department will replace a drainage culvert underneath a strech of road on highway 351 around the Crowley's Ridge Raceway.  A portion of the road will be close Wednesday until 4:30.  More details are available here.

Also on Wednesday, the east end of Aggie Rd will be closed as crews work to install a pipe. 

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The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will close off a portion of state highway 351 (Old Greensboro Rd.) Wednesday for road work.  

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  Wednesday is the deadline for flood victims in Craighead County to apply for state assistance. 

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  Even though Craighead County has officially been declared a disaster area, a call center may not be set up in the area until sometime next week. 

Craighead County Office of Emergency Management Director David Moore told the Jonesboro Sun Monday the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management told him to expect a delay in establishing the call center. 

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  Craighead County has been declared a disaster area by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

The official announcement came from a press release of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management over the weekend.  Public Assistance Programs and Individual Assistance Programs have been authorized to assist eligible applicants affected by the May 24th Flood. 

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The look of downtown Jonesboro is changing.  A $130 million renovation of St. Bernards is underway.  The work is being done in four phases and is expected to be complete by 2019. 

Construction is taking place on the Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and it should be finished this fall. 

Initial work on phase two is also underway, which includes adding new catheterization labs, hybrid labs and additional invasive services to the Heartcare Center.  That will be complete in the winter of 2017. 

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Craighead County joins cities such as Fayetteville and Rogers in recording double digit revenue increases for April. 

The Jonesboro Sun reports a 14% increase in county sales tax revenue this month compared to last April.  County officials say the county’s 1% sales tax brought in over $1.6 million in April. 

Jonesboro saw a 13% increase in its sales tax revenue which equates to more than $1.3 million . 

Sales tax collections across Arkansas were up by 7.8%, according to the state Department of Finance and Administration.

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  The Craighead County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a charity scam in the area. 

KAIT-TV reports Sheriff Marty Boyd sent an email Monday warning of a man contacting local businesses on behalf of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association.  The scammer says the money is for the “COPS for Kids” program which goes to support 2 kids in Bay. 

Boyd said the ASA collects donations by selling ads or merchandise in person with a deputy present—never by phone. 

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Jonesboro Police have arrested a man allegedly connected to 4 gas station robberies, one of which occurred near Arkansas State University. 

Police responded to an armed robbery call Friday night at the Adoosh Mini Mart on Gee St. 

Surveillance footage of the robbery identified 28 year old Byron Washington as the suspect.

On Saturday, Washington was taken into custody in connection to the robberies which have occurred since April 6th. 

Washington was charged with 4 counts of aggravated robbery and 4 counts of theft of property. 

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