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Two more robberies Tuesday night (09/27/16)
The rash of robberies continued on Tuesday evening. Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, two black males robbed Little Caesars Pizza on East Main, then fled south, according to Capt. Scott Adams, the Blytheville Criminal Investigations Division Commander. Minutes later Dollar General on West Main was robbed, Adams said...
Ritchey elected school board president (09/27/16)
The Blytheville School Board held an extremely long board meeting Monday evening, with some of the highlights including the election of new officers, reappointment of a board member and passage of their 2016-17 district budget as well as their 2016-17 Title VI-B annual budget...
County board calls for five percent cut in 2017 (09/27/16)
The Finance Committee of the Mississippi County Quorum Court began budget proceedings for the 2017 fiscal year Monday afternoon. Members were given a packet of both projected expenditures, based upon trends from 2016, as well as a projected revenue spreadsheet for this year...
Images released in Jordan's robbery (09/26/16)
Blytheville police are investigating an armed robbery at Jordan's Quick Stop at Main and Division on Monday evening. According to Blytheville assistant police chief Ricky Jefferson, three juvenile black males, one armed with a handgun, demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount...
Weekend Police Reports (09/26/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police assisted on a fire investigation at 618 Boone. The cause of the fire in unknown at this time. The residence had no utilities. -- Police arrested Tendka Thomas on battery charges, after she allegedly attacked the victim, Mark Williams, with a knife in the 100 block of Main. Williams was flown to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis for treatment of a large laceration on his right forearm...
Man flown to The Med after aggravated burglary (09/26/16)
Blytheville police are investigating an aggravated burglary in the 1600 block of Basin that sent a man to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis on Friday. Police found Louis Crawford lying on the bed with severe injuries to his head and face, according to the police report...
Shot fired towards ceiling as Wendy's robbed Saturday night (09/24/16)
Around 9 p.m. Saturday, three black male juveniles robbed Wendy's, with one firing a shot inside the restaurant, according to Blytheville assistant police chief Ricky Jefferson. He said the offender fired the shot towards the ceiling as the thieves demanded money. They fled on foot after taking an unknown amount of cash. No injuries were reported...
Longtime car dealership under new ownership (09/24/16)
Cannon Motors of Mississippi recently purchased Carlock Ford and Carlock Nissan of Blytheville, and the company is excited to become a part of the local community. "We are so excited to become a part of the Blytheville community and to start this new journey," owner Michael Joe Cannon said. "We saw a great opportunity and the ability to serve others who were not previously in an area that we [have been] providing to before."...
Field named after Mike Huffman (09/24/16)
Mike Huffman was surprised at Tuesday's Blytheville City Council meeting when he learned the council had renamed the Ninth Street Field as "Mike Huffman Field" based on his many years of service to the field and surrounding park. "I told Joanne I was going to start working on that field. She was glad to see me get out of the house," Huffman quipped before thanking those who have helped him over the years...
Election results certified (09/23/16)
Friday morning, after receiving no challenges and no provisional ballots, the Mississippi County Election Commission certified the following school board election results: Blytheville Zone #6 Tracey Ritchey defeated Keith Griffin 190-82. Blytheville Zone #8...
Audit: City exchanged $10,000 worth of memberships for work at TBGL (09/22/16)
An Arkansas Legislative Audit report shows the city of Blytheville exchanged $10,000 worth of memberships at Thunder Bayou Golf Links to golfers for working at the golf course. "The City granted monthly golf memberships, valued at approximately $10,000 in 2015, to various individuals for services performed at the City's golf course," the city of Blytheville's 2015 audit report reads. ...
Blytheville Police Reports (Sept. 20-21) (09/22/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a theft report at Blytheville High School. The victim said a juvenile stole his phone. -- Police investigated a commercial burglary at Lil Cuz Barber Shop in the 1200 block of South 7th. Missing were $50 worth of candy and $20 in change...
Police: Man shoots at girl while she's holding child (09/22/16)
Blytheville police are investigating two shooting incidents on Wednesday, including one that occurred while a girl was holding her child. The police report said the first occurred around 4:58 p.m. Wednesday on Coleridge, where a juvenile was visiting the father of her child...
Council hold first reading on water rate hike proposal (09/22/16)
By JEREMY HALL Blytheville Courier News The Blytheville City Council on Tuesday received, but did not act upon, a proposal to increase the city's water rate. The proposed rate hike would allow the city to reissue bonds to fund $4.1 million in Waterworks improvements, including a request by the state health department, via an increase in the sliding-scale cost per thousands of gallons of water used...
Pedestrian killed in accident (09/21/16)
A pedestrian suffered fatal injuries in an accident at the intersection of State Highway 18 and Franklin Street on Monday. According to Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson, at 4:45 p.m. Monday, 65-year-old Ezzard C. Shannon of Blytheville sustained "significant injuries from the accident," and later perished at Regional Medical Center in Memphis...
Nicholson arraigned in aggravated burglary (09/21/16)
The alleged orchestrator of a June attack and robbery at Capri Apartments has been arraigned in Mississippi County following numerous attempts by police to nab him. Austin Wayne Nicholson, 22, was taken into custody by law enforcement officials in Gregg County, Texas, on Sept. ...
County board freezes spending (09/21/16)
The Finance Committee of the Mississippi County Quorum Court issued a memorandum to all county officials mandating a freeze on all expenditures from the "county general account" for all things excluding personnel services [payroll, insurance and retirement]. They also placed a freeze on all new hires including the hiring of replacement personnel. The motion was made by Justice Bill Nelson and seconded by Justice Barry Ball...
Johnson edges Sudbury (09/20/16)
The race for the Blytheville School Board's Zone 8 came down to three votes on Tuesday evening. Incumbent Tobey Johnson edged challenger Harold Sudbury, Jr., 69-66, according to unofficial results. Keith Griffin challenged incumbent Tracey Ritchey in Zone 6, though that race wasn't as close...
Blytheville Police Reports (09/20/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a burglary in the 300 block of North 9th. Clothes and a PA system were reported missing. -- Police took a theft report at Hays Grocer on West Moultrie. Police cited Mary Wells, who allegedly stole $150 worth of plants...
City Council approves Nucor project (09/20/16)
Blytheville is now officially part of an aggressive growth plan by steel giant Nucor. A day after announcing a $435 million deal to expand steel tubing in Chicago, Nucor officially invested $250 million to add a cold mill in Blytheville. The move was formalized during Tuesday's Blytheville City Council meeting...
Jail Fees hearing is Nov. 7 (09/20/16)
County Judge Randy Carney told the Finance Committee of the Mississippi County Quorum Court Monday afternoon that the next hearing concerning the jail fees dispute between the county and the City of Blytheville will be held in Marion at 9 a.m. on November 7...
Thieves rob Cherry Tree at gunpoint (09/20/16)
Blytheville police are investigating an armed robbery at Cherry Tree Convenience Store on Chickasawba Monday night. According to the police report, three males wearing masks and gloves entered the store and demanded money from the register, as they pointed guns at the store owner. The victim complied and thieves left with approximately $80, the report said...
UPDATE: Thieves hit Dollar General clerk in head during robbery; Flash Market robbed an hour later (09/18/16)
Blytheville police are investigating two robberies about an hour apart on Sunday night. Dollar General, located on South Division, and Flash Market on East Main were both robbed at gunpoint by multiple suspects, according to Capt. Scott Adams, the Blytheville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Commander...
Activities planned for National 4H Month (09/18/16)
October is 4H month, and according to Elizabeth Easley, County Extension Agent in charge of the local 4H program, there are a number of activities coming up that will give everyone interested in 4H the opportunity to learn more about the program. On Saturday October 1, the Kool (Rocket) Science 4H Club will host the local event of the National 4H Youth Science Day. This event is observed by 4H clubs around the country and around the world during the week of October 1-7...
Fall Festival is Saturday (09/18/16)
The ICCC Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday.
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