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'The First Noel'


Quentin Winstine | The Sun

Lily Escue sings "The First Noel" alongside the rest of the Walnut Street Baptist Church Kids Choir during the Festival of Christmas on Saturday at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro. This event included songs performed by the Kids Choir, the Adult Choir, and skits.

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Historians dig for school cave answer


Danny Johnston AP Photo

In this Nov. 14, 2008, photo former Circuit Judge Phillip Smith walks from the blocked entrance of a cave once used as a school near Ravenden Springs.

Sun Staff Writer
kheard@jonesborosun.com

RAVENDEN SPRINGS — When classes were held in a cave in the wilderness near Pocahontas in 1820 — presumably the first school in Arkansas — children were often asked perplexing questions as par . . .


Release of crime reports an ongoing issue at JPD

By William B. Carroll
Sun Staff Writer
wcarroll@jonesborosun.com

JONESBORO — Since the beginning of the year, the Jonesboro Police Department has failed to release a large number of police incident reports, numbering in the hundreds.

Of the . . .


Hutchison gets renewed contract as Bay superintendent

Sun Staff Writer
mwells@jonesborosun.com

BAY — Bobby Hutchison is staying on as superintendent of Bay School District.

The crowd of 62 district patrons cheered the school board's decision Monday night following a nearly two hour executive sessio . . .


JPs keep millage same

Sun Staff Writer
dtalley@jonesborosun.

JONESBORO — Craighead County will hold its millage rate steady, justices of the peace decided Monday.

The vote to keep the county millage the same was held without discussion by members of the quorum court an . . .


Bay School board to discuss superintendent's contract

By Matthew Wells, Sun Staff Writer, mwells@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — The Bay School Board will discuss extending Interim Superintendent Bobby Hutchison's contract Monday.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Hutchison said he d . . .