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Caraway rebuilding slowly after tornado

Sergio Herrea smooths out wet cement for a new sidewalk in downtown Caraway on Wednesday. The community is working to rebuild its downtown after a tornado destroyed several buildings exactly one year ago.

Sarah Morris | The Sun

By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
CARAWAY — Transformers leader Optimus Prime will celebrate Halloween in Caraway tonight, exactly one year after an EF1 tornado swept through town.
Ashley Bupp said Optimus Prime — also known . . . more »


Folklore professor shares ghost stories at ASU

Jennifer Ifland (left), Annalea Craig and Hannah Dickey (right) walk out of the Dean B. Ellis Library at Arkansas State University into the chilly Thursday night air.

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun

JONESBORO — According to legend, a female student who died long ago after falling down a staircase at Arkansas State University's Wilson Hall still roams the building.
The most prominent legend says a construction flaw caused the accident.
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Copenhaver pulls in $100,000 in contributions

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — State Rep. Harold Copenhaver's re-election campaign crossed over the $100,000 mark in contributions this month, but his Republican opponent had more money on hand 10 days before election day, . . . more »


City to give building thorough inspection

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — City officials will hire an outside expert to determine exactly how sound the old Citizens Bank building is, Mayor Harold Perrin said Thursday.
The seven-story building at Main Street and . . . more »


Drop in fuel prices gives consumers spending money for other purchases

By George Jared, Sun Staff Writer, gjared@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Kourtney Hatcher recently bought a house.
The 21-year-old radiological technologist, who graduated from Arkansas State University in May, has been saving her money. A recent free fall in fuel . . . more »


Mississippi County landfill in a state of urgency

by Harrison Grimwood, Sun Staff Writer, hgrimwood@jonesborosun.com
BLYTHEVILLE — Mississippi County officials declared a state of urgency for the need to complete construction of a new landfill cell.
The sense of urgency comes with the impending elections, . . . more »


Woman asks city to keep old promises

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — A woman who opposes a proposal to build apartments on the site of a former day care center said she wants the city to honor a 25-year-old promise, even though the land's current zoning permits . . . more »


Employee accused of taking $11,800 in items from store

By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — A Rent One employee has been accused of stealing $11,800 worth of items including TVs, gaming systems and furniture.
Craighead County District Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause . . . more »


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Lindquist to present public gallery talk

JONESBORO — Evan Lindquist, Arkansas' first artist laureate, will present a public talk in the Bradbury Gallery at 5:30 p.m. The gallery talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition "Legacy," which features recent prints by Lindquist. The exhibition is a tribute to this emeritus professor from the A-State Department of Art. . . . more »


Special needs scholarship auditions scheduled

JONESBORO — The Treble Clef Music Club will hold auditions for special needs scholarships at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in the special ministries room at Central Baptist Church, 3707 Harrisburg Road. All interested vocalists and instrumentalists are welcomed to audition. Those applying for an instrumental scholarship should already know how to play their chosen instrument. . . . more »


Library to offer autumn story times

JONESBORO — Fall story times will begin Sept. 8 at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 315 W. Oak Ave. . . . more »