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BHS selected to host New Tech Site Institute (02/19/17)
Blytheville High School has been noticed for a lot of positives lately, and one of the latest was the ability to host a Site Institute for the New Tech Network. Representatives from area New Tech schools such as Arkadelphia, Cross County and the Grad Academy in Memphis attended the workshop, which featured the expertise of BHS instructional leaders Michael Davis, Virginia Andrews, Tyler Isbell and Amanda Haynes and BHS New Tech director Robin Sneed. ...
Mayor Sanders pitches sales tax to Rotarians (02/18/17)
Blytheville Mayor James Sanders pitched the proposed -cent Public Safety Tax to the Rotary Club of Blytheville on Thursday. Sanders told Rotarians that the city can't retain qualified officers because it can't compete with the pay of other departments...
ANC board gets update on Allied Tech center (02/18/17)
Jonesboro Architect, A.C. Williams, provided an update concerning the proposed Center for Allied Technologies facility to the Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) Board of Trustees Wednesday afternoon in their regular bi-monthly meeting. He also announced that the project (with drawings) will be put out for bids on March 15...
State Medical Board suspends local doctor's license (02/17/17)
The Arkansas State Medical Board announced Wednesday that it has issued an Emergency Order of Suspension and Notice of hearing Dr. David Arthur Diffine for "violation of the Medical Practices Act." That order effectively revokes, at least until the hearing takes place, all medical practicing privileges that Diffine has in the state of Arkansas...
BFD respond to report of fire at hospital (02/17/17)
The Blytheville Fire Department (BFD) received a report of a structure fire at the Great River Medical Center, 1520 North Division, at 5:50 p.m. Friday evening. The first truck on the scene, upon arrival, reported a great deal of black "smoke showing" and coming from somewhere on top of the building...
Planning Commission approves projects (02/17/17)
The Blytheville Planning Commission met Tuesday and approved plans for two new structures. One structure will house Higginbotham Family Dental and the other will house Las Brisas. The Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for 3920 East Main Street in Blytheville (just east of Tractor Supply) that will be a structure of approximately 8,000 square feet and will house at least two businesses. ...
Gosnell raises sanitation rates (02/17/17)
Tuesday evening, the Gosnell City Council adopted two city ordinances to raise rates for all residential trash and household garbage pick up and to modify procedures regarding notifications regarding the condemnations of structures. Due to the fact that the county landfill's tipping fees has increased from $34.50 to $40.00 a ton, Gosnell city Mayor Don Marshall presented an ordinance which increases garbage pick up rates to $16.50...
Blytheville Police Reports (Feb. 14-15) (02/16/17)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a breaking and entering report to a vehicle in the 5100 block of Village Avenue. A handgun was reported missing. -- Officers investigated an obstructing governmental operations report. After issuing warnings to the offender, the officer learned he gave him a false name...
Police investigating burglary at KIPP (02/16/17)
Blytheville police are investigating a commercial burglary at KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School on Byrum Road that was reported Wednesday. A school employee told police that when she arrived at work on Wednesday morning, she noticed an unknown offender had been through the drawers at the front lobby desk. She noted the offender took $202 cash and an unknown amount of cell phones that the school had collected from students...
Firemen fight 6 fires in 2 weeks (02/15/17)
The Blytheville Fire Department (BFD) has been quite active of late, with six calls during the past two weeks. On Thursday, Feb. 9, the BFD responded at 10:37 a.m. to a report of a structure fire in the 1100 block of Clark. Upon arrival, light smoke was reported coming from the wind turban on the roof of the home. ...
Ritz Theater to present first run movie this weekend (02/15/17)
The historic Ritz Theater at 306 W. Main in downtown Blytheville will once again experience life as a movie theater, complete with four scheduled screenings of a just released movie entitled "Saving Faith." This movie premiered Jan. 28 and begins its run in local independent theaters across the country in February. The Ritz officials say they are honored to be one of the select theaters to share in this release...
City leaders discuss railroad proposal (02/15/17)
Blytheville City Council members met Monday evening and discussed issues ranging from BNSF's request to close a portion of Cherry Street, to the increase in tipping fees, to plans for Waterworks improvements and a proposed new ordinance requiring businesses that deal in second hand goods to log transactions online...
Judge stops election (02/14/17)
The same attorneys argued essentially the same arguments before the same judge at the Osceola Courthouse Friday and once again Judge David Laser ruled the same way -- no special election. The special election scheduled for March 14 allowing Mississippi County voters to decide whether or not they wanted a sales tax to be levied for the purpose of building a new courthouse in Blytheville was enjoined...
Blytheville Police Reports (02/14/17)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated an aggravated assault in the 300 block of East Sawyer. The victim said he noticed a car for sale on the Blytheville Yard Sale Facebook page and contacted the owner who met the offender to see the vehicle. ...
Two arrested in Gosnell for receiving 1.5 pounds of meth through the mail (02/13/17)
Monday afternoon around 2:15 p.m., the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force (DTF) and the Gosnell Police Department (GPD) arrested two individuals in connection with receiving 1.5 pounds of methamphetamines through the U.S. Mail. Their names have not been released at this time...
Blytheville police arrest man wanted in Caruthersville murder (02/13/17)
Blytheville police arrested a second suspect in connection with the recent homicide in Pemiscot County. Police say they responded to the 1200 block of East Rose after receiving a tip from Pemiscot County investigators. Police found the suspect inside the home, talked him out and took him into custody without incident...
Williams pleads guilty in 2015 murder (02/13/17)
A day before his trial was set to begin, 20-year-old Javander Williams pled guilty, Monday, to first degree murder in the May 18, 2015 slaying of 17-year-old Dewaun Miller. Williams received a sentence of 20 years in prison. A sophomore at Blytheville High School at the time, Miller was shot to death in the 1000 block of Clark Street...
Woman shot on Moody Street in Gosnell (02/13/17)
Around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, Julia Burfeind, 45, was in the 500 block of Moody in Gosnell and nursed her bloody hand as she went to her neighbor's doorstep asking for help. When police were called, she told Gosnell Police officers that a black male wearing a black hoodie and dark pants shot her "while she was taking out her dog."...
Infant injured after being thrown onto the bed (02/13/17)
Authorities are investigating a child endangerment report that occurred in the 100 block of South 16th, where an infant was injured after bening thrown onto the bed. According to the Blytheville Police Department report, the complainant said the offender wrote on Facebook: "This baby gets on my (expletive) nerves, I'm about to throw him across the (expletive) room, crying for no (expletive) reason."...
One killed, five injured in Caruthersville nightclub shooting (02/13/17)
CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- Police are searching for a suspect in an early Sunday shooting of six people at a club in Caruthersville. At 3:50 a.m. Sunday, a shooting occurred at Club Envy in Caruthersville, according to Sgt. Clark D. Parrott with the Missouri State Highway Patrol...
Board sends Public Safety tax plan to City Council (02/11/17)
The Blytheville City Finance and Purchasing Committee met Thursday for its regular monthly meeting and unanimously agreed to send the Mayor's proposed "Public Safety Tax" to the full council for approval. The proposed "Public Safety Tax" would have a 10-year sunset and would be used "for public safety purposes or to pay and secure the repayment of Capital Improvement Bonds, or both."...
Murder trial set for Tuesday (02/11/17)
The trial of murder suspect Javander Williams is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Circuit Court. He is accused in the May 18, 2015 death of 17-year-old Dewaun Miller. A sophomore at Blytheville High School at the time, Miller was shot to death in the 1000 block of Clark Street...
Police make arrest at Burger King (02/10/17)
Blytheville police made a felony arrest at Burger King on Friday afternoon. The suspect reportedly had guns and drugs, according to Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson. "Everyone is ok," Thompson said. Details will be released as they become available...
Supreme Court to consider courthouse appeal (02/10/17)
Attorneys for Mississippi County recently requested the Arkansas Supreme Court make an expedited ruling on their appeal of an earlier case that resulted in retired Circuit Judge David Laser enjoining the special election that was scheduled for Aug. 9, 2016...
Annual Polar Plunge is Saturday (02/10/17)
Join law enforcement, area supporters and fans of Special Olympics, Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. as they plunge into the frigid waters of the pool at Hampton Inn in Blytheville. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The Blytheville Polar Plunge benefits the 15,000 athletes statewide participating in Special Olympics Arkansas Sports and Health programming. Sign up individually or as a team today so you too can be Freezin for a Reason this season, and learn more at specialolympicsarkansas.org...
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