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‘Flash mob’ celebrates writing

A group of more than 100 book lovers raise their favorite books Wednesday to celebrate the written word. Dubbed the first “Flash Us Your Books” flash mob, the event was sponsored by the Arkansas State University Writing Center and the Arkansas Delta Writing Project.

Sunshine Crump | The Sun

By Sunshine Crump, Sun Staff Writer, crump@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — As the Dean B. Ellis Library tower clock struck noon on Wednesday, more than a hundred bibliophiles gathered — raising their favorite books high in the air — to celebrate to power . . . more »


Candidates discuss private option, wage

District 58 state representative candidates Brandt Smith (left), R-Jonesboro, and incumbent Harold Copenhaver (right), D-Jonesboro, await the results of a coin toss from Sun Editor Emeritus Roy Ockert Jr. prior to a debate hosted by the Kiwanis Club in Jonesboro.

Dustin Azlin | The Sun

By Dustin Azlin, Sun Staff Writer, dazlin@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Arkansas' private option took center stage in a debate between District 58 state representative candidates as both discussed their opposing views on funding the issue in the future.
Brandt . . . more »


Ag secretary declares hail disaster

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Local leaders are awaiting details on federal assistance that will be available to farmers who suffered losses from the Oct. 7 hail storm.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made . . . more »


Downtown building brings safety concern

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Fearing that pedestrians could be injured, Mayor Harold Perrin has ordered the sidewalk on the Washington Avenue side of the former Citizens Bank building downtown roped off.
Perrin said he . . . more »


Cocaine-caked card leads to man's arrest

By Dustin Azlin, Sun Staff Writer, dazlin@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — If you plan on transporting multiple types of drugs in the city, it might be a good idea to clean off the drug residue on your vehicle insurance card before handing it to police.
But that's . . . more »


Police: Two robbery suspects sought, may be armed

By Dustin Azlin, Sun Staff Writer, dazlin@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Jonesboro detectives are on the lookout for two men suspected of a home invasion robbery early Monday morning, and officers suspect the two men may be carrying weapons.
Detective Brandon King . . . more »


Cotton damage from storm affecting harvest

By Christi Crawford, Sun Staff Writer, ccrawford@jonesborosun.com
MONETTE — As cotton farmers are still in shock at the freak late-season hail storm that hammered the cotton crop in Craighead and Mississippi counties a week ago, it is likely that effects will . . . 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 »