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Suzanne Callahan is one of 5 breast cancer survivors named as Honorary Survivors for this year's 2nd Annual NEA Race for the Cure.
Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

The second annual Northeast Arkansas Komen Race for the Cure this year will focus more on taking action than being aware.  

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River and local agencies are responding to a sunken vessel discharging oil near mile marker 823 on the lower Mississippi River near Blytheville, Arkansas, January 24, 2017. Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders
Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles / U.S. Coast Guard

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken vessel discharging oil near mile marker 823 on the lower Mississippi River near Blytheville, Arkansas, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders were notified by Terral River Service at 5:35 a.m. of the uninspected towing vessel Virginia Renee sunk at its mooring at Hickman Landing. The Virginia Renee has a reported 10,000 gallons of diesel aboard.

Involved in the response are:

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The 20th annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo at Arkansas State University will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation.

This year's event will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Drive, on the A-State campus. Producers from Arkansas and surrounding states are expected to attend.

A number of speakers from agricultural agencies and private interests will gather to share their thoughts on the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. 

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin delivering the 2017-2018 State of the City address.
Johnathan Reeves / KASU News

“There is a Northeast Arkansas” became the rallying cry of Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin during his State of the City address.  Perrin delivered the address at the Arkansas State University Cooper Alumni Center.

Cedar Hill (left to right) — Dan Stokely, Patti Lafleur, Pete Brown, Frank Ray (seated) and Jim Bunch.
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The band Cedar Hill will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. 

Frank Ray, who still leads the band today, formed Cedar Hill in 1967.  This Missouri-based group plays traditional bluegrass heavily influenced by the music and culture of the Ozark hills. 

City of Jonesboro

Representatives of Jonesboro, including Mayor Harold Perrin, flew to Springfield, Missouri, this week to share experiences and ideas in city stewardship.

“It was wonderful to see what’s going on in Springfield, and they have been through a lot of situations that are similar to issues we are dealing with in Jonesboro,” Perrin said. “We exchanged ideas on quality of life issues, things you can partner on with your local university, and public-private partnerships – a whole range of topics.”

KASU

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees are meeting at the home office in Little Rock.  You can watch the board meeting live below.

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
Arkansas State University

PIGGOTT — The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) has announced dates for its upcoming Riviera Reading Retreat, April 13-14, 2018, at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott. 

Upon registration, participants will receive copies of three novels to read at their convenience.  The titles include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and Liza Klaussmann’s Villa America

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JONESBORO – Arkansas’s oldest public broadcasting station, KASU Radio 91.9 FM of Arkansas State University, will present “Jazz for the Holidays”, Saturday Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in downtown Pocahontas, at The Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett Street.

Featured musicians will perform traditional holiday songs with jazzed-up arrangements and improvisational jam sections to create a festive atmosphere for all. Admission price at the door is a $10 suggested donation and $5 for students.  The concert has underwriting support from River Bank of Pocahontas and Corning.

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University news outlets brought home Diamond Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Region, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the annual SPJ banquet in Little Rock.

A-State outlets including The Herald, the Delta Digital News Service and A-State’s public broadcasting service KASU 91.9 FM received recognition at the banquet held at the Flying Saucer in the River Market district. KASU’s news director Johnathan Reaves and Arkansas Public Media reporter Ann Kenda won for their work simulcast on Arkansas Public Media.

(From left) No Time Flatt — Becky Weaver, Patrick Cupples, Kevin Wright, Kevin Keen and Steve Moore.
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The band No Time Flatt will perform a concert of bluegrass music Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM, the 100,000-watt public broadcasting service of Arkansas State University. 

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – For the upcoming academic year, Arkansas State University will utilize the “superscore” method for ACT scores for the majority of incoming student admissions and institutional scholarships, Chancellor Kelly Damphousse announced today.

Beth Smith, Director of the Northeast Arkansas Race for the Cure 2018, standing with artist Sarah Howell.  Howell made a painting commemorating the 2017 NEA Race for the Cure.  The painting is on display at the ASU-Jonesboro Cooper Alumni Center.
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Watch live as officials for the Northeast Arkansas "Race for the Cure" make a special announcement for the next event in 2018.

Carl R. Reng Student Union
Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees recently approved a resolution to honor the late James E. and Wanda Lee Vaughn.  The Carl R. Reng Student Union's student lounge will be named after them. Watch the live video of the dedication of the new student lounge.

Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees are meeting today at the Cooper Alumni Center on the Jonesboro campus.  Here is a video of the meeting:

JONESBORO – The annual Order of the Pack student spirit event is rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 14, with the University of Miami Hurricanes’ cancellation of this Saturday’s game.

The 21st annual event will now precede what will be the home opener, the game with UAPB on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce has also rescheduled its annual Big Great A-State Tailgate to Friday, Sept. 15, in downtown.

For more details on festivities surrounding Order of the Pack, go online to AState.edu.

Ann Kenda, Arkansas Public Media

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today submitted his formal request for a federal disaster declaration to the Trump administration for 31 Arkansas counties affected by severe storms, flooding and tornadoes in April and May.

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Dr. Kathy White Loyd is appointed as the interim dean of the College of Business at Arkansas State University, Provost Lynita Cooksey announced today.

Serving as the executive director of the Arkansas State University Women’s Business Leadership Center, Loyd agreed to accept the leadership position of the college in addition to her duties with the center.

Arkansas State University

Dr. Kelly Damphousse has been appointed as the next chancellor of Arkansas State University, ASU System President Dr. Charles L. Welch announced today.

Arkansas State University System President is expected to announce the new chancellor of the Jonesboro campus.  Watch the live announcement below from the Fowler Center.  

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Convocation Center staff reminds the public of security checks for Arkansas State University’s two 2017 spring commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 13, as well as upcoming graduation events for area high schools in the Convocation Center.

Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Jared Gowen, a senior from Garner who will graduate from Arkansas State University in May with a degree in biological sciences, received the prestigious R.E. Lee Wilson Award for 2017 at the 84th student honors awards ceremony Thursday evening at Cooper Alumni Center.

Gowen was selected from a group of eight Distinguished Service Award winners honored at the ceremony. Perry Wilson, the great-great grandson of R.E. Lee Wilson, presented the award to Gowen.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas State University Chancellor Search Advisory Committee and ASU System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced that three finalist candidates have accepted invitations to visit the campus in Jonesboro and formally interview for the position of chancellor. 

The three finalists are:

•        Dr. Kelly Damphousse, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma in Norman;

Dr. Lyn Bayless, who for 20 years was the "Voice of the Lady Indians" at Arkansas State University, passed away on Wednesday in Little Rock.

Bayless was retired Chairman of Speech Communications and Dramatic Arts at A-State, and he was a past president of the Rotary Club of Jonesboro.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 pm at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro.  Bayless was 85.

Arkansas Department of Education

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key is pleased to announce that Dr. Ivy Pfeffer has been named deputy commissioner. Pfeffer, the current assistant commissioner for Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, will assume her new role July 1. She replaces Dr. Mark Gotcher, who accepted the superintendent position at the Russellville School District effective July 1. 

City of Jonesboro

A second public meeting has been added for Jonesboro residents to discuss five potential pedestrian and bicycle trail projects for the city.

In addition to this week’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, a second meeting has be scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 3. Both meetings will be held in City Council chambers at the Municipal Center, 300 S. Church St.

Three of the projects will be selected for submission to the 2018 Transportation Alternative Program and Recreational Trails Program for funding through the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

JONESBORO — Isaac White, a student at Arkansas State University, has been selected as a recipient of a Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) for 2017. He is the first online Master of Public Administration (MPA) student at Arkansas State to receive this honor.

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