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NFL linebacker speaks to 9th-graders

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Brandon Joiner talks to students Friday at Douglas MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro. Joiner is an Arkansas State University graduate and current professional football player.

Rob Holt | The Sun

By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — At age 15, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Brandon Joiner sold drugs and robbed others. He would slip the money he earned into his mother's purse as she was sleeping.
"I'm thinking, . . . more »

   

Finding the perfect plant

Essence Hill, 13, (right) and her sister Endia Hill, 9, look at plants Friday after school at Jonesboro’s Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies Magnet School annual Plant Sale. HWES students, partnered with Craighead County Master Gardeners, will also be selling select school-grown plants at the Arkansas State University Farmers Market on April 26.

Rob Holt | The Sun

Essence Hill, 13, (right) and her sister Endia Hill, 9, look at plants Friday after school at Jonesboro's Health, Wellness and Environmental Studies Magnet School annual Plant Sale. HWES students, partnered with Craighead County Master Gardeners, will al . . . more »

   

Hospital to open women’s clinic

By Sunshine Crump, Sun Staff Writer, crump@jonesborosun.com
PARAGOULD — Arkansas Methodist Medical Center announced Friday that it will open a new clinic Monday to help fill the gap in coverage in prenatal and post-delivery care for the Greene County community, . . . more »

   

Grandma gets 4 years after baby ate meth

By Sunshine Crump, Sun Staff Writer, crump@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — A woman who was arrested after her 10-month-old granddaughter ingested methamphetamine pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a . . . more »

   

2 men arrested after hindering response to fire

By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Jonesboro firefighters responding to a house fire ended up dealing with more than a burning building after irate property owners fought firefighters over their response.
Both Doyle . . . more »

   

Man pleads guilty to child porn charge

By George Jared, Sun Staff Writer, gjared@jonesborosun.com
LITTLE ROCK — A Jonesboro man who performed sex acts with a juvenile and took pictures and videos of the assaults has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge in federal court.
Shawn Rowlett, 45, . . . more »

   

No answers 4 years after A-State homicide

By Sherry F. Pruitt, Sun Staff Writer, sherry@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Every day seems like yesterday for Jerlene Gilmore.
Her son, Michael "Rudy" Gilmore, died from a gunshot wound in his residence at Collegiate Apartments, an on-campus apartment complex . . . more »

   

ASU gives excellence awards to faculty

By Sherry F. Pruitt, Sun Staff Writer, sherry@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Rich Grippo thinks one reason he received the Arkansas State Excellence in Teaching award Tuesday is because he has a sex bucket in his biology of sex course.
"I'm told it's the most . . . more »

   

Deputies find drugs, peephole after wreck

BY ROB HOLT, Sun Staff Writer, rholt@jonesborosun.com
BONO — Craighead County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two people Sunday night after a rollover accident lead to police finding drugs and paraphernalia at a nearby home.
According to a probable c . . . more »

   

NJHS to host chalk art festival

JONESBORO — The first chalk art festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Nettleton Junior High School. . . . more »

   

Westside School Board meeting slated for Monday

JONESBORO — The cost of lunch could rise 10 cents from $2 to $2.10 in the Westside School District. . . . more »