Gym rendering unveiled
In the week before a public hearing to discuss proposed new athletic facilities at Blytheville High School, residents can view renderings of the facilities considered by the district's board of education. At its regular meeting Monday, the Blytheville school board scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. ...
Update: House Fire on Sycamore St.
The Blytheville Fire Department responded to a fully involved structure fire near 15th and Sycamore Streets around 8:45 p.m. Friday evening. It appears that the structure was competely destroyed, but confirmation has yet to be received from officials...
Blytheville Police Reports
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Officers took a criminal mischief report in the 1000 block of West Moultrie. A vehicle was scratched. -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 400 block of South First. The offender caused $10,000 in damages to the apartments...
Burn ban lifted
County Judge Randy Carney has lifted the burn ban in Mississippi County.
Carney made the move on Tuesday.
The burn ban was in effect for about two weeks.
City hires animal control officer
The Blytheville Code Enforcement and Animal Control Committee met Thursday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting and announced the hiring of a new animal control officer, Bobbie Davis. It was announced that Davis had previously worked for the city in animal control and that she had been sworn in Thursday morning, before completing her first animal adoption later that afternoon...
Board certifies runoff results
The Mississippi County Election Commission met Friday morning for the purpose of certifying the three municipal runoff elections held in the county on Tuesday. A total of seven provisional ballots were presented to the board and all were counted as valid votes. ...
Missco Runoff Election Results
There were three runoff elections held Tuesday in Mississippi County -- all for city council positions in the cities of Leachville and Osceola. Here are the results: Leachville Ward 3, Position 2 Rodney Robertson defeated Michael Webster 247-190 Osceola Ward 2, Position 2...
GOP now has supermajority in General Assembly
Arkansas politics for decades was as predictable as the sun coming up every morning. The Democrats held supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature, as well as all congressional offices and each statewide constitutional office. The Governor was the "head of the party" and it was his agenda that guided the General Assembly. That was just a known given, a law of nature if you will. But all that has changed since Bill Clinton's reign from the Governor's Mansion...
One injured in Tuesday morning wreck
Blytheville police responded to a multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways 18 and 161 on the city's west side Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. The driver of this vehicle was transported to Great River Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Details of the accident will be released as they become available...
Blytheville may bring millage proposal to voters early next year
Teachers within the Blytheville School District received a double dose of good news Monday. On the same night the district's board of education unanimously approved $500 bonuses for all district employees next month, superintendent Richard Atwill said more than half of a potential request for a property tax increase would be used to cover teacher raises in the near future...
New landfill cell is now operational
The long awaited opening of the new cell at the Mississippi County Landfill occurred Monday morning as the City of Leachville provided the first load of waste and was followed by the City of Osceola with the first "roll off truck" to dump. Dumey Construction was obligated to have the new cell operational by Sept. ...
Blytheville Police Reports
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police took a shoplifting report (two packs of cigarettes) at Jordans Quick Stop on West Main. -- Officers investigated a domestic battery report in the 300 block of East Sawyer. -- Police investigated an aggravated assault in the 500 block of South Lake. The offender fired three shots...
UPDATE: Police say store owner fired at robbery suspect
Blytheville police are following up on leads as they investigate a robbery at Larry's Grocery on Monday night.
Good start for Lights of the Delta
The number of visitors to Lights of the Delta was up during the first week of the season, according to organizers. On Friday, George Hubbard said, "It's going well. The first four days of this year's Lights of the Delta is up approximately 10-15 percent thus far, at 396 cars."...
Counselor offers advice for beating the holiday blues
Dale Ruddick has an analogy he uses to describe the human body's handling of stress, particularly around the holiday season when large meals and numerous visitors are positive, but may also be intimidating.. His example: "It's kind of like a wire cable that is built to lift and sustain weights of, let's say, up to 1,200 pounds," he said. "If it is lifting more, it has a likelihood it could break. We're the same way. To deal with stress we have to keep boundaries."...
Record number volunteer for community Thanksgiving meal
A record number of volunteers helped the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner operate at its most efficient pace to date. At various locations throughout Mississippi County, 942 Thanksgiving day meals were prepared, served and delivered to those who might not otherwise have one on the holiday, including seniors and shut-ins. That figure does not include the many food giveaways also offered by the group that distributes the meals...
Mack's Liquor Store robbed Friday night
Blytheville police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery on Friday night.
According to assistant police chief Ricky Jefferson, a male robbed Mack's Liquor on East Main.
More details will be released as they become available.
Local shoppers take advantage of deals
Shoppers in Blytheville were plentiful and peaceful on Black Friday, businesses reported as of Friday afternoon. Some businesses started their annual post-Thanksgiving offers and promotions on Thursday while others remained closed for the holiday and were greeted with large crowds in the traditional Black Friday setting...
Food Pantry supplies low
The Blytheville-Gosnell Food Pantry is seeking donations of food, clothing and money, as supplies are currently low. The Food Pantry serves on average 500 people per month, and the holidays are a critical time for the organization. For more information or to make a donation, please call 762-9999 or visit its facility at 122 West Main...
Town hall planned for tax
There will be a town hall discussion on the proposed 1/2 cent city of Blytheville sales tax on Saturday, Dec. 3. The meeting on the potential "Public Safety Tax" will be held at 10 a.m. at 801 S.Elm Street, the old AMMOD building. Councilman John Musgraves and Councilman RL Jones extended this invitation to all the citizens of Blytheville...
The history of Thanksgiving
Many think they know the history of Thanksgiving in America. They were dutifully taught in elementary school about how if it hadn't been for the Indians teaching the Pilgrims how to grow food like corn, the Europeans would have starved. In celebration of the new working relationship between the Native Americans and the Europeans, they all sat around a long table and offered thanks to the Christian God for their bounty. But is this true?...
UPDATE: One of two armed robbery suspects arrested
Blytheville police have arrested one of the two suspects in Wednesday night's armed robbery of Las Palmas Tienda Mexicana, 824 East Main, according to Capt. Scott Adams.
Mayor pitches tax to Chamber luncheon crowd
Blytheville Mayor James Sanders spoke at the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Monday afternoon about the city's budgeting process, his plan for a new proposed 10-year ½ cent Public Safety Tax and how desperately the Blytheville Police and Fire departments need raises...
Gosnell making changes in social studies, science
Assistant Superintendent Kevin Evans gave the Gosnell School Board a report regarding the district's curriculum, literacy and instruction on Monday evening. Evans said that curriculum represented the very substance of an education and what students are taught; including the books and articles they read, the topics, concepts and skills they learn and the assignments they are given...
Blytheville Police Reports
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. -- Police investigated a burglary in the 1700 block of West Main. missing was a microwave, BB riffle and DVD player. -- Officers took a theft report in the 400 block of West Rosemary. Prescription medicine was reported missing...