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ASU marks student union's 50th year

Arkansas State University senior Samantha Hendrix strolls past the historical photo and yearbook display Monday at the Carl R. Reng Student Union. As part of homecoming week observances, A-State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the student union named for the university's fourth president.

Sunshine Crump | The Sun

By Sunshine Crump, Sun Staff Writer, crump@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — As an Arkansas State University student during the end of her father's administration, Barbara Reng remembers rough times of civil unrest.
"It was a period of time when no one was . . . more »


Families share hope at walk of remembrance

Andrea and Joseph Simpson walk Saturday in the ShareHope Walk of Remembrance and Hope in memory of their son Jack.

Christi Crawford | The Sun

By Christi Crawford, Sun Staff Writer, ccrawford@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Andrea and Joseph Simpson were ready to welcome their son into their loving family, expecting all the joys that come with parenthood, when tragedy struck and turned their joy into . . . more »


Woman, 75, dies in pit bull attack

By George Jared, Sun Staff Writer, gjared@jonesborosun.com
CAVE CITY — An elderly woman died Friday afternoon following a vicious attack by a pit bull terrier she owned.
Alice Payne, 75, was walking through her house when she suddenly fell and for some reason . . . more »


WR mulls vicious dog ordinance

By George Jared, Sun Staff Writer, gjared@jonebsorosun.com
WALNUT RIDGE — Mayor Don House doesn't know if recent reports of a pit bull terrier killing a Cave City woman Friday will affect a city council committee charged with creating a vicious dog ordinance in . . . more »


Woman hit by truck near ASU

JONESBORO — An Arkansas State University student was airlifted Sunday to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis after being struck by a pickup on East Johnson Avenue near Dean Street.
On Monday afternoon, she remained in critical condition.
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Despains start charity, discuss end of court battles

By Dustin Azlin, Sun Staff Writer, dazlin@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — It's been almost two weeks since the final suspect was convicted in connection with the 2011 murder of Marc Despain, and his parents are trying to move forward while keeping Marc's memory . . . more »


Teachers surprised with grants for bright ideas

By Sunshine Crump, Sun Staff Writer, crump@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — As the team of six burst into Karen Ladd's classroom Friday morning with noisemakers and horns, she smiled graciously without missing a beat.
The Nettleton Education Foundation surprise . . . more »


Entertainment announced for NEA District Fair

By KELLIE COBB, Sun Staff Writer, kb@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — A former Nickelodeon star and the son of a legendary country musician will be among those performing at the 2014 Northeast Arkansas District Fair.
The fair will be Sept. 15-20 at the fairgrounds, . . . 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 »