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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Local News
Primary early voting begins next week (02/08/16)
Members of the Mississippi County Election Commission met Monday morning to perform standard logic and accuracy tests on the county's voting machines in preparation for the upcoming March 1 primary. Early voting for the primary will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and end on Monday, Feb. 29...
City layoffs to begin in February (02/08/16)
The de-manning of Fire Station 3 will be the week of Feb. 21, Fire Chief Mike Carney told the Police and Fire Committee, Monday night. Carney told the board that last day for the four firemen being laid off will be either Feb. 19 or Feb. 20 -- the end of a pay period...
A chance to fight together (02/08/16)
Fighting breast cancer is far more like fighting an extended war on multiple fronts than it is one simple air strike. A breast cancer diagnosis is an act of war that requires a reserve army, supply and logistical support to be defeated. Needed support ranges from an understanding employer that allows for necessary time off, a friend who will listen or console and friends/family that encourage you when the battle rages too fiercely. ...
Wastewater lab still under construction (02/08/16)
Wastewater director Richard DePriest expects the city's new lab and office to be completed in March. "If the weather stays good, by the end of next month it should be done," DePriest told the Airport and Utilities Committee on Monday. "Once they get the concrete in, that building will go up quick."...
Blytheville Police Reports, Feb. 8 (02/08/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Friday, Feb. 5 -- Police took a general information report from a woman who claimed an offender had $700 in charges on her SSI account. -- Police investigated a domestic battery in the 1800 block of Stuart. The juvenile victim's brother allegedly harassed her and, when she called her mother, he reportedly grabbed her and punched her in the face...
Police investigate infant's death; foul play is not suspected (02/08/16)
Police do not suspect foul play in the death of an infant whose body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab on Friday. When police arrived in the 4400 block of East Main, the caller was performing CPR on the infant near the couch. The officer took over CPR while the many attempted to contact his wife...
January Code Enforcement citations (02/08/16)
The following citations were written by Blytheville Code Enforcement from Jan. 1-31. -- Joe D. Whisenhunt of Little Rock; 1111 West McHaney (old Wonderbread building); weeds, brush, tree limbs, stagnated water, debris; -- James A. Bagwell, Jr. of Proctor, Ark.; 1063 Holly; brush, tree limbs, tree limbs grown out into street;...
Boy bitten by pitbull, transported to LeBonheur (02/08/16)
A 7-year-old boy has been taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis after being bitten by a tan pitbull Sunday night. The boy's mother told police at around 5 p.m. Sunday, the child was playing outside with friends in the 400 block of Summit...
Super Bowl site has steel from Nucor-Yamato (02/06/16)
Levi's Stadium is proof that everyone wins with American-made steel. The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will do battle in the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl this Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. And Super Bowl 50 may be the most American of all NFL championships, in part because of the place where it will be played. That's because Levi's Stadium was constructed using nearly all American manufactured and fabricated steel...
School Menus, Feb. 8-12 (02/06/16)
Armorel BREAKFAST Monday: Cereal, pop tart, banana, juice and milk Tuesday: Breakfast bagel, applesauce, juice and milk Wednesday: Super honey bun, yogurt, raisins, juice and milk Thursday: Mini french toast, sausage link, peaches, juice and milk Friday: Sausage, biscuit, applesauce, juice and milk...
No move yet on golf course repurposing plan (02/05/16)
The Blytheville Parks and Recreation Committee met Thursday evening and heard the monthly report by Parks Director Elroy Brown concerning a plan to hire 10 full-time workers during the summer at no cost to the city, a bid to remove dead trees in Walker Park, as well as a request by Thunder Bayou for a decision to be made this month regarding either funding the course until August or one to close it down...
Board hears concerns about rental properties (02/05/16)
The Code Enforcement and Animal Control Committee met in regular monthly session Thursday evening and discussed regular business which included the crafting a new ordinance addressing mowing fees for those properties that are not maintained by their owners and how to reduce illegal parking in handicap spaces...
Blytheville Failure to Appear Warrants, January (02/05/16)
The following are Failure to Appear warrants issued by Blytheville District Court from Jan. 1-31. -- Tiarica Allen, 23, Blytheville; -- Tiffany R. Askew, 33, Blytheville; -- Darrell D. Benson, 45, Blytheville (two counts); -- Rodereck Black, 26, Osceola;...
Sanders pitches new vision for golf course (02/05/16)
What is currently an 18-hole golf course, Blytheville Mayor James Sanders envisions as recreational area with a walking/bike trail, splash pad, lakes and even movie nights. Sanders pitched the proposal to repurpose Thunder Bayou Golf Links to the Blytheville Rotary Club on Thursday...
KIPP student suspended following alleged death threat (02/05/16)
A KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School student has reportedly been suspended after allegedly threatening to kill a classmate. According to the victim's mother, the boy told her daughter to kill herself and posted several messages on Facebook indicating "he was thinking about killing her."...
Accidental 911 call leads to lockdown at Gosnell (02/04/16)
A female Gosnell Junior High student accidentally called 911, causing a lockdown of the junior high, high school and elementary campuses Thursday afternoon, according to Gosnell Police Chief Daryl Watkins. Watkins said there was never a threat to the students during the lockdown...
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake, Jan. 25-31 (02/04/16)
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake Report -- 1/25/16 through 1/31/16...
Blytheville Police Reports, Feb. 4 (02/04/16)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Wednesday, Feb. 3 -- Police took a general information report. The victim said someone used his name to file taxes. -- Officers took a report of missing prescription medication in the 1200 block of Holly...
Act 2! to hold auditions (02/04/16)
Act 2! Community Theater Group will hold auditions for its production of The Dixie Swim Club, a Jones Hope Wooten Comedy. Auditions will be held Friday, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ritz Civic Center in Blytheville...
Westminster reacts to cuts (02/04/16)
Westminster Village officials expressed confidence that the Blytheville Fire Department will provide adequate fire overage to them, after the Blytheville City Council's passage of the 2016 city budget which includes the de-manning of Fire Station Three on the Aeroplex. ...
Gosnell Fire Dept. responds to fire in school kitchen (02/03/16)
The Gosnell Fire Department (GFD) responded to a call at the Gosnell Elementary School around 11:24 a.m. Tuesday morning. Chief Jimmy Hogan said that they received a call for a fire in the ceiling of a closet near the kitchen. Hogan said it was a small smoldering fire, mostly in the insulation, caused by an extension cord that failed which had a heater plugged into it...
Alexander escapes standoff with BPD (02/03/16)
Blytheville police surrounded a house on East Missouri Tuesday night as they searched for a fugitive. However, Leslie D. Alexander, 39, evaded officers. According to Capt. Scott Adams, the BPD Criminal Investigations Division Commander, at around 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, officers learned that Alexander was standing in front of 115 East Missouri...
Intoxicated man arrested for firing shots (02/03/16)
Blytheville police arrested a reportedly intoxicated man who fired shots while officers were on the scene of a call early Wednesday morning. David Long faces charges of discharging a firearm in the city limits and public intoxication following the incident...
Henton and Lewis answer questions ahead of primary race (02/03/16)
Voters in the March 1 primary who live in Mississippi County's Quorum Court District Seven will have a contested race between Joe Lewis, Jr. and JoAnn Henton on the Democratic ballot. The CN formulated a list of questions regarding current and future county government issues for the candidates to answer for voter perusal:...
Girl Scout house troubled without trash pickup (02/03/16)
Mrs. Adonis Hopper, Service Team Manager/Treasurer for the Girl Scouts of Blytheville, says that the city has removed the dumpster that used to be located between the Girl Scout hut and the Clean Fun Club on the edge of Walker Park and now their facility is covered in trash. She said the dumpster had been there as long as she can remember...
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