Brandon Roshto clears brush Thursday afternoon at Criaghead Forest Park in Jonesboro. It was sunny and 71 degrees outside.

Black River Technical College’s Career and Technical Center students at the Paragould location received hands-on heavy equipment training at the Greene County Road Department on Nov. 19 and Dec 3. Students learned how to operate a skid steer, excavator, grader and a front-end loader. Road de…

Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh perform Saturday at the Downtown Jonesboro JoyFest. The two Broadway stars, who are married, were one of many acts on hand at the event, which included carnival rides, food concessions and Christmas-related exhibits. The event was put on by the Downtown Jonesb…

JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man was still being held in the Craighead County Detention Center on Monday after he stood in a runway at the Jonesboro Municipal Airport, 3901, Lindberg Drive, last week and prevented a plane from taking off, according to Jonesboro police.

JONESBORO — After a small decline in new coronavirus cases the week of Thanksgiving, the week following Thanksgiving saw a steep rise, a Sun analysis of daily reports from the Arkansas Department of Health showed.

JONESBORO — Four Boer goats at the Nettleton schools FFA barn were killed Sunday morning after being attacked by two dogs, according to the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office.

JONESBORO — Local schools report little change in their COVID-19 numbers although transmission rates have remained high in Craighead County since mid-November.

JONESBORO — June Williams opened her porch to many people during the pandemic and found connections that would inspire her to write book.

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY — Southridge volunteer firefighters rescued a man who was trapped inside a burning house Monday morning, Matt Sandy, the department’s chief said.

JONESBORO — A Jonesboro man got two bonds against him Monday after District Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge him with new crimes after a circuit court judge had already set another bond.

Christmas was in the air as the Westside High School marching band along with many other performers and floats made their way down Main Street for the 74th Annual Jonesboro Christmas Parade on Thursday night in front of the First United Methodist Church.

Fawnda Griffin (left) and Kim Downum enjoy a walk on a sunny Thursday afternoon at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro. Downum said this is her first time to be able to enjoy a walk since undergoing leg surgery on July 4.

JONESBORO — The man accused of the shooting of 18-year-old Devonte Wesson on Nov. 22 was given a $1 million bond Friday by District Judge Tommy Fowler.

JONESBORO — Mayor Harold Copenhaver’s first budget would establish a minimum salary in 2022 of $14 per hour for the lowest-paid employees, hiring more police officers and tripling spending on sidewalk construction and street overlays.

JONESBORO — A Craighead County jury found Rhatez Demore Furlow guilty on Thursday evening of two counts of second-degree murder and a gun enhancement charge and sentenced him to a total of 135 years in prison.

JONESBORO — Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced the largest financial contribution in the history of Arkansas State University on Friday as the Windgate Foundation pledged a $25 million challenge gift toward the construction and maintenance of a new building on campus.

Building permits issued in Jonesboro from Nov. 19 through Thursday, with the owner or contractor, location, type and estimated cost:

CONWAY — Arkansas PBS is now accepting entries for the statewide 2022 Arkansas PBS KIDS Writers Contest, open to youth in kindergarten through third grades, through April 11.

Christmas tour of homes set

JONESBORO — The Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation will hold an 80th-year Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday behind the World War I Doughboy statue at the Craighead County Courthouse.

Joe Beck, a teacher at Nettleton STEAM, allows sixth-grader Cole King to shave his head as a reward for the students raising funds for Together We Foster. The students were able to raise more than $600 to be presented Thursday to Lindsay Roberts, founder of the organization.

TRUMANN — The Trumann community Christmas dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas Day at the Trumann Sports Complex on Pecan Grove Road.

JONESBORO — A 31-year-old Jonesboro man was given a $10,000 cash-only bond by District Judge Tommy Fowler on Friday after the judge found probable cause to charge him with internet stalking of a child.

NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, part of Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, has received a $5,000 donation from The Arvest Foundation to be used to help continue funding financial assistance, grief counseling, medical assistance and other support programs for patients. Pictured (from…

BancorpSouth recently contributed $1,000 to the Black River Technical College Foundation to help students who need extra assistance purchasing required textbooks, classroom materials and other items. Pictured are (from left) Melissa Davis, BRTC Foundation chairwomen; Rhonda Sade, bookstore a…

On Wednesday, Poinsett County officials presented seven Poinsett County food pantries with grants of $5,000 each to provide food and personal care items to residents in need. Representatives from Bread of Life Food Pantry, First Baptist Church Marked Tree Food Pantry, Main Street Food Pantry…

David Cambron helps set up more lights for JoyFest on Thursday afternoon on Monroe Street in Jonesboro. JoyFest is scheduled to kick off Saturday at 4 p.m.

JONESBORO — A 36-year-old Hoxie man reported to Jonesboro police Wednesday that someone fired two shots at him in the 2400 block of Industrial Drive.

JONESBORO — On Monday morning the Craighead County IT Department will be installing equipment at the Lake City Courthouse/Eastern Annex, 113 Cobean Blvd. in Lake City and at the Road Department, 2800 Moore Road in Jonesboro, with work beginning at 6:30 a.m.

JONESBORO — The defense rested Thursday without calling any witnesses in the double-murder trial of Rhatez Furlow, 32, of Jonesboro. The trial is now being deliberated by the jury.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed Jerry Morgan of Jonesboro, a 1992 graduate of Arkansas State University and longtime banking executive, to the Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees.

JONESBORO — The Craighead County Historical Society and the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library are in the midst of a project to preserve editions of The Jonesboro Sun from 1939 into the 2000s.

JONESBORO — Police arrested a Jonesboro man Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man.

Due to a reporter’s error in an article in Thursday’s edition of The Sun, “Police officers testify in double-murder trial,” retired Jonesboro police Sgt. Chris Poe was misidentified.

JONESBORO — St. Bernards Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas announced Wednesday the selection of Randy Barymon as the new hospital administrator.


Adam Hunt and Jeremiah Settles repair the masonry work at the entrance of Joe Mack Campbell Park on Monday morning on Dan Avenue in Jonesboro. Hunt said they will also be removing the precasts and replacing them as well.

JONESBORO — A 17-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday night after a Nettleton High School security guard found him in the school’s gym carrying a firearm, Jonesboro police said.

JONESBORO — The first-degree murder trial of Rhatez Demore Furlow, 32, continued Wednesday with the then-leader of the crime scene investigation team and lead detection testifying.

JONESBORO — Judge David Boling found probable cause Wednesday to charge an 18-year-old Jonesboro man with committing a terroristic act and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

JONESBORO — A 25-year-old Jonesboro man told police Monday afternoon that someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a handgun in the 5100 block of Prospector Drive.


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