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Family organizes 23rd 'S'travaganza' in honor of daughter

Luis Tapia of Paragould enjoys the seemingly endless bin of crawfish offered at the “St. Jude Super Bowl S’travaganza” on Sunday at the Northeast Arkansas Fairgrounds.

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By Molly Hilburn, Sun Staff Writer, molly@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — For most people, the Super Bowl is about football, offbeat commercials and an excuse to eat a lot of appetizers. For the last 23 years, the Super Bowl has meant a lot more to Susan . . . more »


Gene Stirling’s love for his wife never faded

Dianne Stirling and Gene Stirling had a love that overcame everything.

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By Stephen Simpson, Sun Staff Writer, ssimpson@jonesborosun.com
HARRISBURG — Eldridge Gene Stirling suffered from Alzheimer's disease in his later years, but the one thing that never changed was his love for his wife.
Gene and Dianne Stirling were married on . . . more »


Liquor legalization lures opposition

By Stan Morris, Sun Staff Writer, stan@jonesboro.com
POCAHONTAS — Mike Dunn remembers growing up when Randolph County was a wet county.
"All during World War II, Randolph County was wet," Dunn said. "We had three night clubs in town. We had three liquor stores . . . more »


MAPC to consider mixed use proposal

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — A tract of property on Matthews Avenue would be converted to mixed use under a proposal before the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission on Tuesday.
Josh Olson of Midtown Development LLC . . . more »


Panel to consider road projects

JONESBORO — Area residents may get a better idea Tuesday of what road improvements they can anticipate over the next four years.
The Technical Advisory Committee of the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization will consider a list of recommendations . . . more »


Campaign finances broken down

BY WILL BOWDEN, Sun Staff Writer, wbowden@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO— While close to half of U.S. Sen John Boozman's 2015 campaign contributions came from political action committees, nearly all of his Democratic challenger's contributions came from private . . . more »


Blytheville budget eliminates several positions

By Stephen Simpson, Sun Staff Writer, ssimpson@jonesborosun.com
BLYTHEVILLE — In a city council meeting filled with firemen and their families, the decision was made to eliminate four positions from the Blytheville Fire Department.
Earlier this month the . . . more »


Students needing remediation down

By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Of Arkansas State University's 1,577 first-time freshmen, there were 354 students — or 22.4 percent — who required remediation this past fall.
The number of students who are unprepared for . . . more »


Bay School Board to meet today

JONESBORO — The Bay School Board will meet at 6 p.m. today to receive updates on its two roofing projects and new softball field. . . . more »


BIC school board to meet today

MONETTE — The Buffalo Island Central School Board will review the superintendent's contract when it meets at 6:30 p.m. today in the administration building. . . . more »


ASU hires affirmative action officer

JONESBORO "" Chocoletta Simpson becomes Arkansas State University's new Title IX/affirmative action officer, assistant vice chancellor for human resources Lori Winn announced this week. . . . more »


ASU agribusiness conference slated for Wednesday

JONESBORO — Those attending Arkansas State University's annual Agribusiness Conference on Wednesday will hear from John Phipps, a farmer and commentator on the U.S. Farm Report, America's longest-running farm television program, at the luncheon. . . . more »


Election commissioners to meet today at annex

JONESBORO — The Craighead County Election Commission will meet at noon today at the Election Annex, 315 W. Jefferson Ave. . . . more »