JONESBORO — Nettleton School Board members will consider tonight approving paid emergency leave for educators who are quarantining due to COVID-19.

JONESBORO — Activities associated with the 2021 Northeast Arkansas Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Day celebration, “Truth, Love and Justice,” have been announced by the Northeast Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. planning committee.

Widening U.S. 49 topic for ARDOT

JONESBORO — Local bands and musicians have until 8 a.m. Feb. 1 to sign up for “NEA Sings,” a virtual singing competition to be held as a fundraiser for United Way of Northeast Arkansas.

JONESBORO — Polar Plunge season kicks off across the state this month and ends in March. Paragould Polar Plunge will be the first of the season in Northeast Arkansas. It is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 30 in Lake Ponder at Crowley’s Ridge State Park at Walcott.

JONESBORO — The annual "Be the Hero" Blood Drive originally to be located at St. Bernards Auditorium has been relocated to St. Bernards Senior Life Center, 700 E. Washington Ave.

JONESBORO — Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and many city and county offices in the area will be closed in observance.

POCAHONTAS — Steve Shults, director of the Law Enforcement Training at Black River Technical College, was selected in December to serve on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Law Enforcement Task Force. Fred Weatherspoon, deputy director of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy served as chairman.

Hispanic center selling tamales

It’s a boy for Brent and Lauren Garner of Hoxie. The 5-pound, 15-ouncer arrived Friday, Dec. 25, at St. Bernards Medical Center and the couple’s son has been named Tucker Wade.

JONESBORO — As COVID-19 cases have risen across the U.S., so has the need for convalescent plasma – leading to a shortage of this potentially lifesaving blood product.

LITTLE ROCK — Drive-up testing for COVID-19 will be available for up to 200 community members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Jonesboro Elks Lodge, 2113 W. Washington Ave.

Ensign Chris Luna, from Jonesboro, takes a navigational bearing while standing watch in the pilot house of the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59). Princeton is part of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability …

JONESBORO — Friday is New Year’s Day and city and county offices throughout The Sun coverage area will be closed in celebration. Some will close at least part of the day Thursday.

JONESBORO — A team of Arkansas State University students calling themselves the A-State Science Support System, was recently selected by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement as one of five in the country to be carried out in 2022 on the International Space Station.

Pink Palace closed by health department

LITTLE ROCK — In all 50 states, hikers in America’s State Parks will kick off the new year with healthy outdoor experiences as part of the annual First Day Hikes event.

Mathews appointed to Rotary position

JONESBORO — The “Be the Hero” blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 13-14 at St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 E. Washington. Potential donors are asked to make an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

Black River Technical College Student Ambassadors Daija Williford and Jon Muzadov recently donated and assisted in planting 10 trees at the Pocahontas City Baseball and Softball complex.

JONESBORO — Although city offices will only be closed Dec. 24 and 25, and Jan. 1 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, trash collection for the city will be altered from the Dec. 24 through Jan. 12.

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