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A member of the Craighead County Quorum Court is resigning.  

Ken Stacks’ last meeting he attended at the Craighead County Quorum Court was in June.  For the past nine-months, Stacks has missed meetings due to a lengthy illness. 

His absences have been the subject of recent discussions on the court on how to handle the situation.  At the Monday meeting, Craighead County Judge Ed Hill held up a letter of resignation from Stacks that will be effective April 30th. 

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Neil Griffin donated $10-million dollars to the College of Business.  At a public ceremony, ASU-System President Dr. Charles Welch read a letter from Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Hutchinson expressed his gratitude for Griffin’s gift:

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The two candidates for Craighead County judge debated Wednesday on several topics, such as how to address problems with the county’s budget, top priorities, and a crisis stabilization unit.  Marvin Day and Jeff Presley are both Republican candidates that will face off in the May 22nd primary.

In this interview with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves, Senator John Boozman talks about what he thinks should be done concerning gun control and school safety.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

The mid-term elections are rapidly approaching.  The filing period for candidates is underway and Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday expects 2018 to be an active election year.

“We have a gubernatorial race, as well as a gubernatorial primary, on the Republican side,” said Holliday.  “There will also be a contested race in the U.S. District 1 race, as well as several state offices that will be contested.  I think there will be a lot of engagement this year.”

Here is a list of the final candidates filing for local offices in Craighead County.  The following list was provided by the office of the Craighead County Clerk.

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The City of Jonesboro is taking citizens’ comments and putting together a pedestrian and bike plan to be developed in several stages in the future. 

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Officials with the City of Jonesboro joined state and federal dignitaries to cut the ribbon on a new park trail at Craighead Forest Park.  

Big River Steel

This is a press release issued today:

Chicago, Illinois-February 15, 2018- Union Partners announced plans today to build a new steel processing facility on the Osceola, Arkansas campus of Big River Steel. The operations will be located directly adjacent to Big River’s Flex Mill™ and will include both slitting and multi-blanking lines in a new build-to-suit facility expandable to 258,000 square feet.  Construction will be on an accelerated schedule with a formal ground breaking in the first quarter of 2018. 

City of Jonesboro

This release from the city of Jonesboro:

Wixson Huffstetler has announced his resignation after eight years with the City of Jonesboro and five as director of Parks and Recreation.

Huffstetler, 36, cited personal reasons for the move.

“I am resigning my position to explore other opportunities,” Huffstetler said. “I have enjoyed the last eight years building the parks department to what it is today.”

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Jared Henderson.  Henderson tells about his priroties for the state and what he would do in his first 100 days in office, if he wins.   Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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Two programs in Mississippi County are designed to bring more jobs to Northeast Arkansas.  Governor Asa Hutchinson went Blytheville Wednesday for the announcements, which center around the county’s growing steel industry. 

This is a press release from Marvin Day:

Jonesboro – Marvin Day of Jonesboro has announced that he is running for Craighead County Judge in the upcoming May 22 Republican primary.

Day, a graduate of Jonesboro High School received a civil engineering degree from the University of Arkansas and is employed as a senior engineer at City Water and Light.  He has previously worked in the highway and heavy construction business and was a co-founder of Asphalt Producers, LLC.

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This from the National Weather Service in Memphis:

Christy Clark appointed to ASU Board of Trustees

Jan 12, 2018
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LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson today appointed Christy Clark of Little Rock, a 1992 graduate of Arkansas State University, to a five-year term on the ASU Board of Trustees.

   A McCrory native, Clark succeeds Ron Rhodes of Cherokee Village, who served two five-year terms on the board, most recently as chair. Her appointment expires in January 2023.

ASU System President Chuck Welch said Clark will bring a broad background in business and community service leadership to the board.

Winter Weather Advisory Friday, January 12 from midnight to 9 p.m.

Jan 11, 2018

...WINTER WEATHER WILL SWEEP INTO THE MID-SOUTH LATE TONIGHT AND

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LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is releasing $500,000 in state discretionary funds to the Arkansas State University System to help fund its Accelerate ASU efficiency study that is under way.

System President Chuck Welch said ASU contracted with Huron Consulting Group in fall 2017 to explore ways to grow revenue, reduce costs and reallocate resources to strategic initiatives. Huron expects to present 40-50 opportunities to the system and its campuses with a majority focused on new revenues.

Participants of the 2017 Craighead County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade walking across the Jonesboro Main St. bridge.
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2018 will be an important year for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  April 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of King’s assassination in Memphis, TN.

Communities across the nation have been remembering King’s legacy in January since 1986, and Craighead County has been no exception.  I sat down with one of the organizers of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade for Craighead County, Dr. Lonnie Williams.  He is also the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Arkansas State University.  We talked about the parade, Dr. King’s legacy, and where he was when he heard the tragic news of King's assassination.  You can listen to the conversation below.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor is proposing a $5.6 billion budget that increases funding for the state's Medicaid program and sets aside surplus money for future tax cuts and highway needs.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed increasing state spending for the fiscal year that begins July 1 by nearly $173 million. Most of that increase goes toward Medicaid. Hutchinson said the funding increase is lower than what was originally proposed for the program last year.

ARMOREL, Ark. (AP) — Eighth-grade science students have used a 3-D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a duck found without a foot shortly after he hatched.

The students in northeastern Arkansas created the leg at Armorel High School's environmental and spatial technology lab for an 8-month-old Indian runner duck named Peg.

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