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Pocahontas boy battles leukemia

Hunter Hogland, 15, holds his younger brothers, Braxton (left), 5, and Ryker, 6, on Wednesday at the family's home in Pocahontas. Braxton Hogland has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since last April.

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By Christi Crawford, Sun Staff Writer, ccrawford@jonesborosun.com
POCAHONTAS — For a 5-year-old who loves superheroes, Braxton Hogland is fighting an epic battle against his own villain — cancer.
His mother, Kerry Hogland, said the battle began in the . . . more »


Wounded Warrior Group has new tool

Josh Irvin demonstrates the functions of an Action Trackchair on Dec. 4, 2013, at the Craighead County Veterans Affairs open house inside the Craighead County Courthouse Election Annex. The all-terrain wheelchairs are customizable to suit different needs and individuals and can withstand many elements and situations. The wheelchair in the photograph above is camouflage and has a rifle holder and resting brace for hunting.

Sun file photo

By George Jared, Sun Staff Writer, gjared@jonesborosun.com
POCAHONTAS — There may be few concrete or cleared paths in the woods and hills in Northeast Arkansas, but that won't stop disabled veterans from enjoying a day in the woods.
The Northeast Arkansas . . . more »


Economic developers predict end to population losses

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — The population of most Northeast Arkansas counties continued to dwindle last year.
But that trend could change as soon as this year because of some major industrial projects underway.
Wayne . . . more »


WR mayor declares war on mosquitoes

By George Jared, Sun Staff Writer, gjared@jonesborosun.com
WALNUT RIDGE — Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp hopes he'll be able to enlist an army of volunteers to fight off the blood sucking hordes that descend on his city in the spring and summer.
Each year city . . . more »


Trumann chief schools local leaders

By Hunter Field, Sun Staff Writer, hfield@jonesborosun.com
TRUMANN — More than a decade ago, Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson responded to the same call he had at least 50 times before while working in law enforcement in Blytheville. A schizophrenic 7-year-old . . . more »


Health causes street supervisor to resign

By George Jared, Sun Staff Writer, gjared@jonesborosun.com
WALNUT RIDGE — Rickey Ditto's heart is in his work, but the muscle in his chest can't take the constant duress.
The Walnut Ridge street superintendent resigned Thursday because of health problems. The . . . more »


New mental health court in the offing

By Hunter Field, Sun Staff Writer, hfield@jonesborosun.com
BLYTHEVILLE — Repeat offenders with mental illness in Mississippi County could possibly have another option available to them.
The county's quorum court met for its regularly scheduled meeting Monday . . . more »


Legislation put forward on mutilation

By Cord Rapert, Sun Staff Writer, cord@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — On Monday, state Rep. Brandt Smith, R-Jonesboro, introduced legislation that would make female genital mutilation a felony in Arkansas.
"This is a women's right issue," Smith said. "It's about . . . more »


Bookout's amended campaign report

Documents show what former senator paid back contributors.
Click here to view documents . . . more »