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JONESBORO — The investigation into the July 17 death of Jonesboro police officer Vincent Parks has been given to the Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Office, according to state Rep. Fran Cavenaugh, R-Walnut Ridge.

It is festival time in Northeast Arkansas and with such a rich history, comes some diverse and long-standing festivals that have unique histories of their own.

JONESBORO — Jackson County once again had among the highest community levels of COVID-19 in Arkansas, data released late Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed. Jackson ranked second only to its southern neighbor, Woodruff County.

JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man wasn’t happy when District Judge David Boling gave him a $15,000 cash-only bond on Friday.

JONESBORO — The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services in partnership with the Arkansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging hosted the 22nd Biennial Silver-Haired Legislative Session on Aug. 17-18 in the Arkansas State Capitol Chamber …

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Jonesboro recently installed officers during the organization’s Awards and Installation Luncheon at the Jonesboro Country Club. Installed were (from left) Diann Jenkins, secretary; Shirley Park, treasurer; Dr. Warren Skaug, vice president; Dr. Ron Sitton, presiden…

CONWAY — Arkansas PBS marked the first official day of fall with an open call for holiday recipes, stories and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation of Arkansans. This collection will be used to create the broadcast special “Celebrating Arkansas: Holiday Traditions.”

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Dement of Jonesboro celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sunday. Leroy Dement and the former Mary Alphin were married Sept. 18, 1962, in Bono. They have four children, Robin and Judi Dement of Melbourne, Ronnie Dement of Jonesboro, Rodney Dement of Bono and the late R…

JONESBORO — Jonesboro Elks Lodge 498, 2113 W. Washington Ave., will be hosting the Staff Sgt. Paul F. Brooks Memorial Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 1. The public is welcome to attend.

The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 315 W. Oak Ave., is featuring the works of artists Penny Jo Pausch and one of her students, Lyn Clements, through Sept 30. The exhibit is open during regular library hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 …

City cleanup set for Cherokee Village

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center held the 27th annual Foundation Golf Tournament on Sept. 8 at the Paragould Country Club. Over 200 golfers participated in a four-person scramble which raised more than $77,000 to benefit programs and services provided by the AMMC Foundation. Pepsi was the e…

WALNUT RIDGE — The Wings of Honor Museum and Walnut Ridge Regional Airport will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the beginning of training at the World War II Army Air Forces Basic Flying School at Walnut Ridge on the weekend of October 14-16. The theme of the celebration will be “A Gatheri…

JONESBORO — District Judge David Boling found probable cause Friday to charge a Swifton man with aggravated assault with a firearm.

Garrett and Tate Barnes of Jonesboro enjoy Tate’s first visit to the Northeast Arkansas District Fair. Arky’s Roasted Corn was a big hit with Tate. The Sun welcomes photos from our readers of people and events for the Community Snapshots page. Photographs can be emailed to lifestyles@jonesbo…

JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man told police early Friday morning that someone waited for him to get home and robbed him at gunpoint in the 3700 block of Stadium Boulevard.

JONESBORO — Downtown Jonesboro restaurants are looking forward to big crowds at the Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission’s Downtown Jonesboro BBQ and Music Festival, which starts at 5 p.m. today and continues at 11 a.m. Saturday.

JONESBORO — The hot button issues of abortion, censorship, the environment and teacher pay dominated the discussion Friday as the local candidates for state Senate participated in a forum sponsored by the Northeast Arkansas Political Animals.

JONESBORO — A contract hasn’t been awarded yet, but Lori Tudor, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, said she was pleased with the bids received for Jonesboro’s next railroad overpass.

Carre’e Bunton with P.B.J. Happy Days Shows adds balloons to the wall of a dart game Thursday afternoon in preparation for the first night of the 2022 Northeast Arkansas District Fair in Jonesboro. The fair opened Thursday at noon, and the midway opened at 4 p.m. Bunton, who said she loves w…

JONESBORO — Craighead County sales tax collections rose by 7.2 percent this month, compared to September 2021, according to data provided Thursday by Craighead County Treasurer Terry McNatt. Jonesboro’s finance department reported a 7.1 percent increase for its separate city sales tax.

JONESBORO — The Arkansas Department of Health on Thursday disclosed 18 more deaths attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JONESBORO — The Rev. Stephen Coburn of Monticello will be the guest speaker for a worship service of Stay UMC Jonesboro at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Valley View School Fine Arts Center, 2111 Valley View Drive. The service will be live-streamed over the group’s Facebook page, Stay UMC Jonesboro.

ASU-Newport students Josiah Crenshaw and Holly Baker enjoy some of the refreshments on Thurday morning at the Arkansas State University-Newport’s Adult Education Center in Jonesboro. ASUN’s Adult Education Centers participated in the statewide adult education open house to showcase the varie…

JONESBORO — Jonesboro police arrested a West Memphis man Wednesday afternoon following a traffic stop at the intersection of East Word Avenue and North Fisher Street, according to a police report.

Antwane Blair, with Jonesboro Parks & Recreation, takes down lights on Thursday morning in preparation for stage setup for the 2022 Downtown Jonesboro BBQ and Music Fest. The festival will start today at 5 p.m. in downtown Jonesboro and runs through 11 p.m. Friday and on Saturday from 11…

JONESBORO — Ritter Communications has announced that the company will provide free internet service to the new RightFiber WiFi Park in Newport. Once construction on the park reaches completion, residents will be able to visit the park to access free high-speed wireless internet for their per…

Christian Torres enjoys a ride on Wednesday afternoon near the Joe Martin Pavilion at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro. Torres, who is a Jonesboro native and now lives in Brookland, said he decided to ride his bike from his home to the park on his day off work. It was hot, especially for t…

JONESBORO — The COVID-19 death toll rose by 11 Wednesday, but the number of new infections continued to decline from the previous week, according to data from the Arkansas Department of Health. The death toll from the pandemic reached 12,028.

Seth Speer takes the oath of office Tuesday. Speer was selected to complete the remaining three months on the Jonesboro City Council, representing Ward 6.

JONESBORO — After a 10-minute executive session, the Jonesboro City Council selected the youngest of three candidates to join its ranks.

JONESBORO — Kade Holliday, already serving a 10-year sentence in a state prison, will serve another four years and nine months in a federal prison for stealing more than $1.5 million while serving as Craighead County clerk.

JONESBORO — A traffic stop on Sunday afternoon resulted in the seizure of more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $120,000 in cash, according to the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office.

JONESBORO — A 37-year-old Jonesboro woman was given a $15,000 bond Wednesday after a special judge found probable cause to charge her with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine greater than 2 grams but less than 10 grams and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

JONESBORO — The manager of St. Bernards Village, 1600 Heern Drive, told police someone accessed a 92-year-old resident’s credit card number and made purchases with it.

JONESBORO — The Craighead County Highway Department will close Craighead 194 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday between Arkansas 230 and Craighead 171 to repair a drainage culvert.

FAYETTEVILLE — The National Institute of Standards and Technology, via an application from the RAPID Manufacturing Institute, awarded the University of Arkansas $699,604 to improve a Wi-Fi nano-biosensor that will be used in a palm-sized, low-cost and wireless SARS-COV-II detection system.

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Southern Bank has announced David McClain as the newest member of its board of directors, to be effective at the bank’s regularly scheduled October board meeting.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Small nonfarm businesses in 75 Arkansas counties and neighboring parishes in Louisiana and counties in Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, anno…

JONESBORO — Construction of a new route between Interstate 555 and U.S. 49 in Jonesboro, major widening of U.S. 49 between Paragould and Marmaduke and widening U.S. 63 in the Imboden and Black Rock area are among proposed projects announced by the Arkansas State Highway Commission.

JONESBORO — Community activist Shamal Carter said Monday’s inaugural meeting of the Stop the Violence Coalition was a good start in an effort to reduce gun violence in Jonesboro.

Chrissy Holbrook (left), public relations assistant at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, and Amber Heard, manager of Adult Services at the library, await people wanting to register to vote on Tuesday. The library provided a voter registration booth where people could register or…

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