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U.S. Court of Appeals rules for Blytheville School District in split decision (08/31/15)
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, meeting in the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, handed down its ruling Monday regarding the Blytheville school choice lawsuit. The Court ruled, in a 2-1 split decision, that the earlier ruling made by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas is affirmed. The court sided with the Blytheville School District though not all questions were answered...
Delta Bridge event to focus on poverty (08/31/15)
Through the Living on the Edge Poverty Simulation, the Delta Bridge Project Initiative offers a unique free educational opportunity to discuss the harsh realities of what it might be like for some Mississippi County citizens who must face the reality of living in poverty. This event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Arkansas Northeastern College in the Governors Ballroom...
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake Report, 8-24 through 8-3 (08/31/15)
-- Jessie Andrews, 42, of Blytheville- questioning and detaining suspected persons; -- Jason E. Beasley, 36, of Blytheville- possession instrument of crime; -- Johnathan Maxie Biggs, 29, of Blytheville- default on child support payments, driving while license suspended or revoked, and theft by receiving;...
GOP hosts many elected officials at annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner (08/31/15)
Numerous state and regional elected officials and a host of dignitaries were on hand at this year's Annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner held Saturday evening at the Blytheville Holiday Inn by the Mississippi County Republicans. Speakers included Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Congressman Rick Crawford, U.S. Senator John Boozman, District 22 State Senate candidate Rep. Dave Wallace, the Arkansas Republican Party's state chairman Doyle Webb and local party officials...
Wes Wagner joins GOP (08/31/15)
Wes Wagner, the former District 54 State Representative from Manila announced Saturday evening to the participants of the annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner held at the Holiday Inn by the Mississippi County Republican Central Committee that he will be running once again for the District 54 State Representative position, but this time as a Republican...
Blytheville Police Reports (08/31/15)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 1600 block of West Charlene. The victim's vehicle was scratched and the rear window broken. -- Police took a harassment report in the 1000 block of West McHaney...
Police investigate domestic incident at Walker Park (08/31/15)
Blytheville police are investigating an aggravated domestic assault at Walker Park on Friday. Around 12:52 p.m., police were called to the park in reference to a motor vehicle accident. The victim told police that he and his ex-wife had a disagreement and she blocked him in, with her car, at the Missouri Street entrance to the park...
Minimum wage increase could have varied effects (08/29/15)
The effects of the passage of "Amendment 5" last November have already been partially felt, with the increase in the Arkansas minimum wage to $7.50 per hour on January 1 of this year. But with two more increases planned over the next two years, local business owners, employees and business organizations weigh in on its impact and virtue...
Blytheville Police Reports, Aug. 28 (08/28/15)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Wednesday, Aug. 26 -- Police investigated a domestic assault in the 1900 block of Hearn. -- Officers took a criminal mischief report in the 500 block of Northwest Parkway. The victim's hood was scratched up...
More arrests made in Operation Blynd Justus (08/28/15)
Only two fugitives remain at large from the recent Blynd Justus sweep. Blytheville Police arrested Jessie Andrews III, Thursday, leaving only Bradley Gann, a.k.a "Batman, and Xavier Canada, a.k.a. "a/k/a "Seville," as those who haven't been taken into custody, according to Capt. Scott Adams, Blytheville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Commander...
Burnett to seek re-election (08/28/15)
Sen. David Burnett-D, of Osceola, will be seeking re-election as the District 22 State Senator. The district covers all of Mississippi County, all of Poinsett County and the Southeast portion of Craighead County. Burnett defeated former Blytheville Mayor Barrett Harrison in a 2010 Democratic Party primary and ran unopposed in the 2012 election for his first full term as senator...
Police probe shooting involving juveniles (08/27/15)
Blytheville police are investigating a shooting, involving juveniles, Wednesday night, in the 1000 block of South Lilly. No injuries were reported. According to the police report, the juvenile victim said another juvenile shot at her. She was apparently driving south on Lilly towards Walls Street and saw her ex-boyfriend -- the alleged shooter -- standing in the street...
Jail fees lawsuit continues (08/27/15)
According to a document released by Mississippi County government, the city of Blytheville currently owes the county over $700,000 in back jail fees. As of July 31 of this year, the total in unpaid fees is $737,211.94. The document states that the city owes $80,861.94 from the year of 2010, with 2011 and 2012 left out due to the agreement reached between the two government entities, and a total of $656,350 owed for the years 2013 and 2014 through the present...
County to fund two new economic development projects (08/26/15)
The Mississippi County Quorum Court approved a motion Tuesday night to allocate $350,000 for an economic development contract with Five Star Hydraulics, Inc., which will be moving its corporate headquarters from Indiana to the Blytheville Airbase and offering 35 new jobs to the area...
County mayors discuss progress (08/26/15)
Wednesday's Mississippi County Mayors meeting was hosted by Leachville Mayor Ralph Wells. Mayors and officials from across the county gathered at Leachville City Hall to share what's happening in their towns, as well as discuss county issues. Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner, before giving his report, asked Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney, to update everyone on Big River Steel. ...
BPD investigate robbery (08/26/15)
Blytheville police are investigating a robbery that occurred on in the 1200 block of Clark Street, Monday. The victim, Shaquan Haynes, told police that he was at a friend's house on Clark Street and two black males wearing black masks kicked the front door open and yelled at them to get on the ground...
River remains identified (08/26/15)
According to a representative from the Blytheville Emergency Squad, the remains found in the Mississippi River on Aug. 6 have been positively identified by a medical examiner as Juan Nieves, who was lost in the river last April during an accident on a barge at one of Kinder Morgan's docks...
Blytheville Police Reports, Aug. 26 (08/26/15)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Monday, Aug. 24 -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 500 block of South Lilly. The offender broke three windows in the residence. -- Police investigated an insurance fraud claim. ...
BPD investigate Kenwood shooting (08/26/15)
Blytheville police are investigating a shooting at 2210 Kenwood, Tuesday. Silvio Perez, 54, was shot in the left calf and foot, after he refused the offenders' demands to get on the ground and give them his property, according to Capt. Scott Adams, the Blytheville Criminal Investigations Division Commander...
BPS to partner with Sheriff's Department for officers (08/25/15)
The Blytheville School Board had a very long agenda at their first regular meeting of the school year Monday night. Board discussion included giving permission for Superintendent Richard Atwill to sign a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) for two school resource officers (SROs). The meeting began with students thanking the board for changes in the dress code...
Company demonstrates brush-cutting equipment (08/25/15)
The city of Blytheville is considering equipment that would clear some overgrown areas in the city. In front of several members of the Blytheville City Council, Blytheville Public Works, Code Enforcement, along with community members, Henard Utility demonstrated a Kabota brush-cutter on overgrown lots in the Lonnie Street area on Tuesday...
Friends of the NRA banquet is Sept. 11 (08/25/15)
The 2nd Annual Mississippi County Friends of NRA dinner and auction event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11 at the Blytheville Country Club. Limited table packages will be sold; each table comes with a gun! "Many times we find ourselves attending fund-raising banquets in our small hometowns," said Erica M. ...
Crawford attempting to address workforce issues (08/25/15)
U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford visited Blytheville Monday to speak at the Blytheville/Gosnell Chamber of Commerce's August luncheon regarding a special council commissioned to address workforce problems in the Delta. Crawford said that the council is "galvanized around work ethic," and that the area has jobs that it needs to fill with a qualified workforce, but that the council wants to find alternate routes to empowering the district's workers without "waiting around for the federal government to get their act together.". ...
Local veteran honored after years of obscurity (08/25/15)
Marvin Earl Bell, born on July 27, 1943, was a quiet, typical honor roll member of the Blytheville Class of 1961, who volunteered for military service when his country called. The former caddie at the Blytheville Golf Course was known as "Peanut" by those that knew and loved him and his life was cut short, but he has not been forgotten...
Updated: Police investigate terroristic threatening report at KIPP (08/24/15)
Blytheville police are investigating a terroristic threatening report at KIPP Blytheville on Byrum Road. On Friday, a teacher told police that a juvenile offender sent a text message to a juvenile witness stating that he was going to kill the juvenile victim...
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