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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Local News
Blytheville Police Reports (01/24/17)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 500 block of North 2nd. A car window was shattered. -- Officers took a harassment report in the 1000 block of West Pecan. -- Officers took a report of a counterfeit $20 bill at Wendy's...
Police: Woman stabs man after he calls her ex's name (01/24/17)
A Blytheville woman allegedly stabbed her live-in boyfriend and chased him with a knife, after he reportedly called her by his ex's name. Officers arrested Candice Isable, 20, on domestic battery charges, Monday night, in the 100 block of West Magnolia...
Waterworks employee goes extra mile to keep water flowing for citizens (01/21/17)
When a water main breaks, Lynn Mitchell does whatever it takes to assure residents have no interruption in service. Even if it means being submerged in water in 27-degree weather. On Jan. 9, Mitchell worked to repair the water main at Ruddle and Logan Lane for six hours with an hour of that being in the water...
County finance board holds first meeting (01/21/17)
The Finance Committee of the Mississippi County Quorum Court held their first meeting of 2017 Tuesday afternoon and discussed the upcoming year, expectations at the county landfill, the creation of a new intensive juvenile officer position and applying for grant money to complete repair work at the Osceola Courthouse...
Sanitation board gets landfill update (01/21/17)
Sanitation Committee Chairman Neil Burge began his first committee meeting of the year by introducing the new members of the committee to Landfill Director Wil Allen. He also said that the meeting would mostly be a "see where we are" type of meeting...
Blytheville Police Reports (01/20/17)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a domestic battery in the 900 block of Webster. -- Police took a theft report (license plate) in the 800 block of East Main. -- Police arrested a juvenile on disorderly conduct charges at Blytheville High School...
Man sentenced in Jordan's, Pizza Hut robberies (01/20/17)
On Thursday, a jury in Mississippi County convicted Rodney Willis, Jr., 21, of Blytheville, on two counts of aggravated robbery in connection with the April 4, 2016 robberies of Jordan's QuikStop and Pizza Hut. The jury sentenced Willis to 10 years on each count to run concurrent. Willis will not be eligible for parole until he has served 70 percent of his sentence under Arkansas Law...
EOC Board of Directors to meet Thursday (01/18/17)
The Mississippi County Arkansas E.O.C. Board of Directors will meet at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 18 in the Central Office Dining Room at 1400 North Division.
County board recommends comp time change (01/18/17)
The Personnel Committee of the Mississippi County Quorum Court met Tuesday afternoon and is recommending changes to the county's employee handbook. The changes came, primarily, in the area of "comp time" and the way in which "comp time" and overtime are approved and submitted...
Council approves budget (01/17/17)
The Blytheville City Council met Tuesday evening for their regular January meeting. It was the first full council meeting with the two new members, Councilwoman Barbara Brothers and Councilman John Mayberry. The council, among other things, unanimously agreed to empower Mayor James Sanders to begin work toward bringing his 10-year half-percent "Public Safety Tax" to a vote by Blytheville residents...
Police: Man fires shots; points gun at officers (01/17/17)
A local man faces several charges, after allegedly firing a gun, then later pointing a weapon at officers on Friday. Harold Richardson, 60, was arraigned in Blytheville District Court, Tuesday, on charges of aggravated assault (on police officer), possession of firearm by certain person, discharging a firearm in the city limits, and public intoxication. Judge Shannon Langston set his bond at $50,000...
Blytheville Police Reports (01/17/17)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a theft report at Aaron's on East Main. Missing was a television and a computer. -- Officers cited Connie Carr on possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (Xanax and Tramadol) in the 200 block of East Main. ...
UPDATE: Victims identified in double-fatal accident (01/14/17)
Two people perished in an accident at 4:26 p.m. Saturday on South Highway 61, just a few miles outside the Blytheville city limits. According to the Arkansas State Police report, drivers Dennis Stone, 47, of Blytheville and Kaylam Diggs, 26, of Osceola suffered fatal injuries when their vehicles collided.
Special election set for March 14 (01/14/17)
The Mississippi County Election Commission met at the Mississippi County Election Center on Friday to set the dates, times and locations for the special election scheduled to be held on March 14. The special election pertains to the proposed bond issue for the purpose of financing a new courthouse in Blytheville...
City revenues up (01/14/17)
Tax revenues for the City of Blytheville, year-to-date, were better than projected, the Blytheville City Council's Finance and Purchasing Committee learned Tuesday night. As a result, the city's expenditures were also below budget is nearly all departments. In other business, the committee agreed to send to the full council the Mayor's proposed 10-year half-cent Public Safety tax for approval...
GREDF brainstorms; changes may be coming (01/14/17)
The Great River Economic Development Board met Thursday morning and discussed the organization's financial position, proposed changes to its bylaws in the areas of membership and director terms and also held an active and extended brainstorming session on ways the that board can better facilitate new economic growth in the future...
Blytheville Police Reports (01/13/17)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a burglary in the 900 block of East Hollywood. -- Officers took a criminal mischief report in the 700 block of Clearlake. During an argument, the offender damaged the screen door...
Tolley show postponed (01/13/17)
The Arts Council of Mississippi County announced that due to an unforeseen circumstance, "The Johnny Tolley 'Ole Time Variety Show" that was originally slated for Saturday has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 4, at 7 p.m. Any questions may be directed to The Arts Council of Mississippi County by calling 870-762-1744...
County insurance board meets (01/13/17)
The Mississippi County Quorum Court Insurance Committee met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the county's employee supplemental insurance policy, how county employee lists will be handled in the future and the policy to be followed if/when county employees chose to sign up with a company different than the county's preferred vendor...
City of Osceola files yet another lawsuit against the county (01/12/17)
Bart Calhoun, of the Little Rock law firm of McDaniel, Richardson & Calhoun has filed yet another lawsuit in both the Chickasawba and the Osceola Districts of the Circuit Court of Mississippi County on behalf of the City of Osceola Thursday afternoon. ...
BNSF considers increasing train speed to 59 in town (01/11/17)
Monday evening, a large gathering of Blytheville residents attended the city's first Public Works Committee meeting of the new year and while the meeting was organized and well managed, the passion of those in attendance was very obvious. Jeremy Wegner and John Caufield, both project managers for BNSF, and Steve Weston for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department were invited to speak to the committee regarding BNSF's request to close Cherry Street and their plan to increase track speed to a maximum speed of 59 miles per hour. ...
City awarded matching grant for parks (01/11/17)
Blytheville Parks and Recreation Director Elroy Brown, Mayor James Sanders and Blytheville City Council members John Musgraves, R.L. Jones and Barbara Brothers were on hand Tuesday morning to announce that the State of Arkansas has awarded the city of Blytheville $41,500 for the city's parks...
Blytheville Police Reports (01/10/17)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a theft report (riffle) in the 200 block of North 21st Street. -- Officers cited Candice Isable on shoplifting charges at Walmart. -- Police arrested Charlotte Weimar, 38, of Blytheville on charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and shoplifting at Hays Grocer on East Main...
Mayor sets committees (01/10/17)
With each new year, come new committee assignments at all levels of government. The Blytheville City Council committee assignments, as a result, were announced recently. Mayor James Sanders must appoint one member from each of the three wards to each of the six committees. Sanders said that he is very pleased with the make up of the committees this year...
2,200 area residents were without power Saturday (01/07/17)
With temperatures having dipped into the low teens and snow still covering the ground, 2,200 area residents woke up Saturday morning to cold homes and no electricity. The outage was caused by a fire at an local power substation. Power has since been restored to all customers according to an Entergy spokesman...
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