Walnut Ridge

The Walnut Ridge City Council had plenty of items to address during the meeting Monday, including a lawsuit, the passage of a new fire fee, and a letter demanding that the Mayor and the Water Works Superintendent resign from office.


Pool hall owner Jack Allison saw a peculiar aircraft in flight over his hometown late night Sept. 18, 1964. It was large, and as he spied it from the pool hall parking lot, it was clear to him the plane was headed to the Walnut Ridge Airport.

Allison instructed three teenage boys to investigate it. When they arrived at the runway, the plane door opened and immortals strolled onto the tarmac. It was the only time the Beatles – George, John, Paul, and Ringo – ever set foot in the Natural State as a group.


 The national retailer Tractor Supply Company is building a new store in Walnut Ridge.  City officials made the announcement at a Monday news conference at the old Walmart building on US 67B where the business will be located. 

The property owned by Williams Baptist College was sold to Dallas-based BG Development, according to the Jonesboro Sun.  College officials told KAIT the funds from the sale will be used towards constructing new residence halls. 

Residents in Walnut Ridge and College City overwhelmingly approved a consolidation in yesterday’s special election.  The new Walnut Ridge takes effect January first.  Mayor Charles Snapp tells KASU News he is excited about the merger:

Snapp says one advantage to the consolidation is that it will bring Walnut Ridge’s population to above 5,000.  He says that will help in attracting more businesses to Walnut Ridge:

Snapp tells what will happen next:

Jonesboro’s Property Maintenance Code has been repealed and an alderman’s race is heading toward a runoff.  In yesterday’s special election, 4,891 people voted to repeal the Property Maintenance Code, while 2,521 people voted against repeal.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin tells what happens next:

KASU news asked Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the repeal of a code he supported, as well as the November defeat of a sales tax proposal for highway projects.  Perrin insists that those defeats were not votes against him…instead, they were votes against those issues:


  Voters in Northeast Arkansas will decide the fate of various issues affecting the area.

Jonesboro voters will decide who will fill the alderman seat for Ward 6, Position 1.  5 candidates are running for the position left vacant by Tim McCall earlier this year. 

  A special election to consolidate Walnut Ridge and College City could be in early May, according to Lawrence County officials. 

County Clerk Tina Stowers told the Jonesboro Sun a 60-day notice must be given before a special election is held, which would be May 10.  

Officials from Walnut Ridge and College City have submitted petitions to the county clerk to consolidate their towns late last week. 

If voters pass the consolidation, a special committee will redraw the ward lines and College City residents can run for office in the November election. 

Walnut Ridge Council Cuts Wasteful Spending at Meeting

Jan 19, 2016

Employee raises, wasteful spending cuts, and the demolition of several houses were discussed at the Walnut Ridge City Council meeting Monday.

The Jonesboro Sun reports the council passed the 2016 budget with no objection.  The budget included a $350,000 spending cut of what  Mayor Charles Snapp of Walnut Ridge called “waste.”  $2.35 million was budgeted for 2016 expenses--a $45,000 decrease from 2015. 

The budget also included a $100,000 increase for the Fire Department, a $40,000 increase for the Police Department, and a $0.50 raise for city employees.

Stan Perkins Interview (Part Four of Four)

Sep 11, 2012

In the conclusion of his interview with Stan Perkins, KASU's Mike Doyle asks Perkins about his own musical career.  Perkins, son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Carl Perkins, performs this Saturday in downtown Walnut Ridge as part of the Beatles At The Ridge festival. Perkins will perform with the Beatles tribute band the Liverpool Legends and with Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers.

Stan Perkins Interview (Part Three of Four)

Sep 11, 2012

In anticipation of this Saturday's Beatles On The Ridge festival in downtown Walnut Ridge, KASU's Mike Doyle spoke with headlining musician, Stan Perkins.  In this portion of the interview, Stan tells more stories of the travels of early rock-and-roll musicians along what is now the Rock And Roll Highway.

Stan Perkins Interview (Part Two of Four)

Sep 11, 2012

KASU's Mike Doyle continues his interview with Stan Perkins, son of rock-and-roll legend Carl Perkins, talking about the connections that Northeast Arkansas has with the pioneers of rock-and-roll.

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.

After 48 years of service to Williams Baptist College, 17 of those years as President, Dr. Jerol Swaim is retiring.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves features Swaim in this report.

A benefit for Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge takes place March 31st.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves takes a look at how the organization helps children who come out of difficult circumstances.