posted: 12/12/2013 5:08 a.m.
Utility crews restored power to all but about 400 customers in western Arkansas on Wednesday evening, but several schools across the northern tier of the state remained closed as roads continued to thaw out from last week’s winter storm.
posted: 12/12/2013 5:06 a.m.
An Independence County agency that attracted industry for the past five years will continue to operate despite losing its funding source after voters rejected renewing a 0.25 percent sales tax during a special election.
posted: 12/11/2013 3:37 a.m.
Temperatures rose above freezing across most of the state Tuesday, and sunny skies helped melt some of the ice and snow from last week’s wintry storm.
posted: 12/10/2013 4:10 a.m.
Travel remained treacherous across much of northern Arkansas on Monday as ice melted, then refroze, although main roads began clearing in central Arkansas.
posted: 12/07/2013 3:41 a.m.
A winter storm continued its blast through the state Friday, dumping up to a foot of snow in Northwest Arkansas and glazing power lines with three-quarters to an inch of ice and knocking electricity out to more than 62,000 homes and businesses.
posted: 12/06/2013 2:45 a.m.
The winter storm that Arkansans have been bracing for hit Thursday, first glazing Northwest Arkansas roads in a sheet of ice, then pelting the state with sleet, snow and more freezing rain.
posted: 12/05/2013 5:06 a.m.
An approaching Arctic front is expected to coat Arkansas in freezing rain and snow lingering through the weekend, and highway and utility crews were bracing Wednesday for the onslaught.
posted: 12/05/2013 4:39 a.m.
The capital-murder trial of a Jonesboro woman accused of hiring someone to kill her husband will be held in May rather than next month after a circuit court judge ordered a continuance.
posted: 12/04/2013 4:42 a.m.
This week, the old adage is appropriate: Wait five minutes, and Arkansas’ weather will change.
posted: 12/03/2013 4:36 a.m.
A sales tax that helped draw more than 1,200 jobs to Independence County since 2008 is up for a five-year renewal during a special election Dec. 10.
posted: 11/29/2013 5:11 a.m.
Pocahontas lost its swiveling train bridge, an old motor court and a downtown opera house in the past few decades.
posted: 11/28/2013 4:20 a.m.
John W. Trieschmann engaged in playful family battles with neighbors at his Hot Springs home, throwing snowballs, shooting torrents from homemade water guns and tossing water balloons at them.
posted: 11/26/2013 2:38 a.m.
One person died as Arkansas saw its first icy weather of the season on Monday.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:36 a.m.
Forrest City Mayor Larry Bryant spent most of 2013 promoting a proposed 1 percent citywide sales tax that would help pay for street repairs, recreational projects, equipment for the Fire and Police departments, and other improvements in the St. Francis County town.
posted: 11/19/2013 4:43 a.m.
Authorities arrested 20 people in four states Monday after a two-year investigation into a drug-trafficking operation.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:43 a.m.
A burglar took a donation jar full of change and cash from the register a Baxter County restaurant and ate a late-night meal he prepared there, Sheriff John Montgomery said Thursday.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:35 a.m.
Carolyn Curry was never daunted by a challenge, and she approached each one with youthful vigor and an infectious smile.
posted: 11/14/2013 5:13 a.m.
A Jonesboro man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Craighead County Circuit Court and will spend 19 years in prison, 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said Wednesday.
posted: 11/12/2013 4:24 a.m.
It’s still more than a month before the first day of winter, but Arkansans will get a feel for the seasonal chill today as temperatures plunge below freezing across most of the state and into the teens in the northwest corner.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:30 a.m.
Craighead County has joined nearly a dozen other Arkansas counties that now accept electronic filings of titles, deeds and other documents as a time- and cost-saving measure, Circuit Court Clerk Ann Hudson said.
posted: 11/06/2013 4:34 a.m.
Four people, including three Lead Hill students, died Monday evening when a car they were in left the roadway, struck a tree and burst into flames, Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers said Tuesday.
posted: 11/06/2013 4:24 a.m.
Russellville School District administrators increased security on the middle-school campus and officers checked school lockers Tuesday, a day after Internet threats against a small group of students were reported, said Ashley Snellenberger, the district’s communication director.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:57 a.m.
Lillian Clayton, 3, clutched a mud splotched doll she found in the front yard Friday, while her mother assessed damage done to their Caraway home by a quickly formed tornado with winds topping 100 mph.
posted: 11/01/2013 2:41 a.m.
Jackson County officials will build a new jail about 8 miles east of the originally proposed downtown Newport site on twice as many acres, County Judge Jeff Phillips said.
posted: 10/30/2013 4:46 a.m.
A Jackson, Miss., man who began a low-interest credit union with 800 people in the mid-South 20 years ago and has developed it to 28,000 members in four states, including Arkansas, has won the John P. McNulty Prize.
posted: 10/24/2013 4:33 a.m.
When Jason Molitor’s college friends learned that he had a fear of heights, they often found work for him atop high places as a source of amusement.
posted: 10/21/2013 12:17 a.m.
POCAHONTAS — A Randolph County group that wants to keep revenue in the county, rather than continue losing it, is working to place a measure on the 2014 ballot to allow alcohol sales.
posted: 10/18/2013 3:05 a.m.
Heavy rains this week helped abate the drought in southeast Arkansas, and forecasters say conditions will continue to improve as the fall days become shorter and evaporation rates lessen.
posted: 10/14/2013 5:07 a.m.
Cave City voters narrowly approved the first sales tax ever in the small town astride the Sharp and Independence county line.
posted: 10/11/2013 2:36 a.m.
For weeks, drought in southeast Arkansas has fluctuated between extreme and severe classifications, but as the state’s weather returns to a more normal pattern with frequent showers, conditions are forecast to slowly improve.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:39 a.m.
Although others knew Jake Hartz Jr. as an agricultural pioneer and a brilliant visionary who helped change the way farming was done in the Delta, Hartz preferred to pass the accolades on to others.
posted: 10/05/2013 6:05 a.m.
Wayne Watkins will likely spend only about a month in the Arkansas Department of Correction after pleading guilty to one count of theft by deception in the sale of foreclosed property along the Spring River, his attorney said Friday.
posted: 10/04/2013 5 a.m.
Harold Bing kept watch of the weather in Gilbert, meticulously recording temperatures and rainfall data for more than 20 years as a climate observer for the National Weather Service.
posted: 10/04/2013 4:44 a.m.
Early fall rains have diminished drought conditions in southwest Arkansas, and meteorologists expect remnants from a brewing storm in the Gulf to drop more moisture on the state this weekend.
posted: 10/04/2013 12:19 a.m.
ASH FLAT — Former Sharp County land developer Wayne Lee Watkins pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception Thursday in Sharp County Circuit Court, said Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce.
posted: 10/03/2013 4:49 a.m.
Blytheville shoppers will no longer have to pay a 1 percent sales tax that originated as a means to pay the Internal Revenue Service $3.1 million in unpaid payroll taxes.
posted: 10/03/2013 12:50 a.m.
The U.S. Army confirmed Wednesday that it will discontinue Arkansas State University-Jonesboro’s 77-year-old Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program in the 2014-15 school year and require military-science students to transfer to other universities to finish their schooling.
posted: 10/02/2013 4:40 a.m.
The U.S. Army plans to close Arkansas State University-Jonesboro’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program because it has not met “viability standards,” a spokesman for Rep. Rick Crawford said in an email Tuesday.
posted: 09/27/2013 4:56 a.m.
NEWPORT — Four years ago, Henry Boyce opened the Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway 67 Museum in Newport with a small collection of photographs, some vinyl records and an old guitar or two to showcase the “rockabilly” music made popular in northeast Arkansas in the 1950s.
posted: 09/27/2013 4:26 a.m.
Heavy rains last week helped reduce the drought in southern Arkansas, and forecasters predict that more rainfall this weekend will continue to help improve conditions.
posted: 09/20/2013 5:01 a.m.
Today’s forecast rains are expected to deliver much-needed moisture to the parched southern third of Arkansas, only a day after the National Drought Mitigation Center said drought conditions are now extreme in that area.
posted: 09/20/2013 4:55 a.m.
Firefighters contained a wildfire Thursday that burned more than 2,000 acres in southern Bradley County, the flames shooting at times well above the trees.
posted: 09/18/2013 4:25 a.m.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ended a two-year cooperative agreement with a nonprofit association that collects fees at Table Rock Lake, resulting in the layoffs of four association employees and possible closure of some recreational areas.
posted: 09/17/2013 4:31 a.m.
WEST MEMPHIS — Crittenden County Circuit Court Judge Randy Philhours sentenced a West Memphis man who fled to Michigan in the middle of his sex-assault trial in July to life in prison plus 100 years, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said Monday.
posted: 09/13/2013 12:52 a.m.
A month after more than half of Arkansas was out of drought, dry conditions have worsened — especially in the southeast — and National Weather Service meteorologists said the forecast shows only a slight chance for rain in the near future.
posted: 09/11/2013 4:49 a.m.
A series of small earthquakes near Damascus during the past week have shaken residents in Van Buren and Faulkner counties, who fear the temblors are precursors to bigger shakings.
posted: 09/11/2013 12:54 a.m.
It’s been two to three weeks since southern Arkansas has received any rainfall, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission has warned of the increased the potential for fire danger for most of the state.
posted: 09/08/2013 5:03 a.m.
Taxpayers in some school districts will decide on proposed changes in their school millage rates. Early voting begins Tuesday for the Sept. 17 school election. Here is a list of proposed changes based on information provided by county clerks and county election commissions.A mill is one-tenth of a cent. Each mill produces $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed valuation.
posted: 09/06/2013 5:18 a.m.
Drought conditions remained virtually unchanged during the week in Arkansas, but the Arkansas Forestry Commission has increased its fire-danger rating in the southern edge of the state as firefighters are seeing increases in wildfires.
posted: 09/06/2013 12:21 a.m.
Citing a continued decline in student enrollment, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson told members of the university’s board of visitors Thursday that he was reducing nonpersonnel spending by 10 percent and initiating a “semi-hard” freeze on all hiring — steps he laid out in an Aug. 30 memorandum.