Jonesboro

Monroe Street, in front of The Forum in Downtown Jonesboro, will be transformed into a public gathering place.  This day-long Pop Up in Jonesboro will show what that area of downtown could look like permanently.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more in this report.  

Wearing red T-shirts with the logo "Leave Your Mark", about one thousand students from several school districts in Craighead County participated in a student rally in downtown Jonesboro to celebrate a drug free life.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.

Arkansas for Tax Fairness Action Fund presented Congressman Rick Crawford an F for House votes they say help the rich and hurt the poor.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

With the Craighead County Fair slated to start September 17th, construction crews are racing to get the projects done in time for the fair.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files 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.

The number of bed bugs is increasing across the state.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses why the bed bugs are becoming more of a problem and what you can do about it. 

 

Here is a link about bed bugs from the Arkansas Department of Health:

http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/environmentalHealth/generalSanitation/Pages/BedBugs.aspx 

Hundreds of children every day are being fed this summer through a summer feeding program in Jonesboro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

Topping out Ceremony took place at the site of the new NEA Baptist Health System on East Johnson Avenue in Jonesboro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves was there and files this report.

A new series has launched on KASU.  It is called Making A Difference.  In this first story, KASU's Johnathan Reaves features the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center, and looks at its roles in the investigation of child abuse.  

Bridge Street in Jonesboro between Johnson Avenue and Cate Street will be closed for repairs on the bridge.  Te project is expected to be complete in November.  Due to this, JETS is making changes to its bus routes.  Here are the changes.

 

Beginning on June 15th, JETS Route 35 will no longer serve the following stops UNTIL the end of the construction on Bridge Street:

Two Jonesboro High School students will have their pictures featured in New York.  Katie Neilson and Alyssa Blakeney each entered the Mid-South Scholastic Art competition in Memphis and won a gold key.  They went to the National Scholastic competition in New York and won gold medals for their work. They will be awarded in June.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough interviews Neilson and Blakeney in this Spotlight On the Arts feature.  

Jonesboro Public School's Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies magnet school has an outdoor vegetable garden where science lessons are "hands on".  KASU's Johnathan Reaves explains in this report. 

The Second Annual Paint the Town Green week takes place starting Saturday, April 14th.  The highlight of the event will be on April 18th when Robert F. Kennedy Junior speaks in Jonesboro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more.

As part of April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center will have an open house at the Jonesboro location. KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells what the center does in this report.

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