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Families create Christmas tradition

Heather Howard (center) and her daughter Charlotte, 13, study a Christmas tree as her husband Don holds it up Thursday. The family purchased the tree at the Optimist Club of Jonesboro’s annual Christmas tree sale at Arkansas State University’s Regional Farmers' Market.

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By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Shayna McMillin and her mother are now banned from picking out their family's Christmas tree.
"Last year, mom and I came and got a tree too tall," McMillin, 20, Jonesboro, quipped. . . . more »

   

Dying coral reefs worry ASU professor

Paul Sikkel, an associate professor of marine ecology at Arkansas State University, traveled to Australia and the eastern Caribbean islands last fall to study the role of parasite interactions on coral reefs. Once there, he said he found coral reef dying due to climate change.

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By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Paul Sikkel traveled to Australia to study the role of parasite interactions on the Great Barrier Reef. Alongside other scientists, he found the coral reef suffering from a devastating . . . more »

   

Contractors still waiting for pay

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — More than two dozen contractors who participated in construction of a new fairgrounds complex for the Craighead County Fair Association five years ago are still waiting to be paid for their . . . more »

   

Magnet schools show racial disparity

By Dixon Land, Sun Staff Writer, dland@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — A statistical breakdown of enrollment among the Jonesboro School District's five magnet schools show some racial disparity between schools.
The total number of minorities make up 65 percent of . . . more »

   

Convictions in animal cruelty cases elusive

By Jeff Bricker, Sun Staff Writer, jbricker@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Both law enforcement and prosecutors face many obstacles with the investigation and successful prosecution of animal cruelty cases.
Craighead County Sheriff's Office Capt. Justin Rolland is . . . more »

   

County looks at building backup site

By Jeff Bricker, Sun Staff Writer, jbricker@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Whether a disaster was caused by Mother Nature or a cyber attack, it could disrupt the continuity of county government operations, a county official said.
As part of the annual budget . . . more »

   

Court revives failed Home Ice appeal

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — City officials' efforts to condemn the former Home Ice Co. property on Cate Avenue took a new turn Wednesday.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a Craighead County circuit judge . . . more »

   

Employment grows in Jonesboro metro area

By Keith Inman, Sun Staff Writer, inman@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — The unemployment rate in the Jonesboro Metropolitan Statistical Area has fallen drastically in the past year, according to federal data.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday that . . . more »

   

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NHS students to present 'The Election'

JONESBORO — The Nettleton High School Thespians and Drama Department will present "The Election" by Don Zolidis at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Nettleton Performing Arts Center. . . . more »

   

Waggoner exhibit open at WBC

WALNUT RIDGE — Williams Baptist College will feature an art exhibit by award-winning Arkansas watercolorist Suzanne Waggoner in the Maddox Center gallery beginning Monday. . . . more »

   

Holter to present fall workshop

MOUNTAIN HOME — Internationally acclaimed watercolor artist Michael Holter of Plano, Texas, will be the guest artist/instructor of the fall workshop hosted by Ozark Regional Arts Council of Mountain Home. . . . more »