Month: September 2016

Two killed in Sharp County crash

SHARP COUNTY, Ark. – Two were killed in an accident in Sharp County on Monday, Arkansas State Police reported.

Zachary Michael Alliss, 24, and Rayn Malia Alliss, 22, both of Highland, died as a result of the accident. It happened at about 6:12 p.m. Monday evening on U.S. Highway 63 in Sharp County. The accident report from ASP says their 2006 Kia Optima was headed north and left the roadway while negotiating a curve.

The vehicle then crashed into a tree.

The report states the injured were taken to The Med in Memphis, Tenn., but does not specify whom. Both passed away as a result of the accident.

Conditions were clear and dry at the time of the accident the trooper reported.

Woman reports trio beat, burglarized her

JONESBORO, Ark. – While a woman was at her apartment, she reported three assailants busting in, beating her up and then stealing jewelry from her.

The report was made about 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at 923 East Craighead Forest Road. The victim said three had entered her home, beat her up and took her jewelry. Jonesboro police arrived to find the apartment ransacked. Tables were overturned, every drawer was pulled out, lamps were broken and pictures pulled off of the walls.

The victim was also worse for the wear, with multiple injuries including a bruise on her right upper arm, a knot and scratch by her right eye and ligature marks around the neck from being choked by a lamp cord.

She told officers the names of the suspects – redacted from the report provided by JPD – and said they were “on drugs but no looking for drugs, they just wanted her jewelry.” According to her report, she was punched in the face as soon as they entered the apartment. She was held down, hit in the back of the head with a lamp and then choked by the cord from the lamp. One man and two females were involved in the incident.

After the burglary ended, the three left in a small gray pickup truck.

The suspects face serious felony charges including aggravated assault, aggravated residential burglary and misdemeanor theft charges.

Reyno man killed in crash late Thursday

REYNO, Ark. – A young man from Reyno was killed in a wreck Thursday in Randolph County.

It happened Thursday night just before midnight, when Keeven Pankey, 22, of Reyno, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet eastbound on Highway 328. About one and a half miles east of the Current River Bridge, Pankey’s vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, according to the Arkansas State Police crash report.

The Chevy struck a ditch and flipped, ejecting the driver from the wreckage. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash and the conditions were clear and dry, the reporting officer said.

The body was taken to McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

Oct. 9 – Natural State Brass Band in Lecture-Concert Series

JONESBORO – The Natural State Brass Band will present the next performance in Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series, Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to attend; admission is free.

Established in 2003, the Natural State Brass Band has become one of the premier performing ensembles in Arkansas, bringing the sounds and styles of the traditional British brass band to new audiences statewide.

“The Natural State Brass Band is an outstanding group of musicians who have won national prizes for their wonderful concerts,” said Dr. Robin Dauer, professor of music at A-State.  “They perform a wide variety of music with appeal for all concertgoers. This ensemble is an Arkansas treasure.”

In the group’s 13-year history, it has garnered two North American Brass Band Association Championships and several runner-up finishes, and it became the first U.S. brass band to perform at the English National Championships.

The group, which performs a wide variety of musical styles in venues of all types, currently performs under the baton of Rico Belotti, a founding member of the band.

In addition to the Lecture-Concert Series, the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Music and A-State Brass Society and sponsors for the performance.

The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State and the surrounding communities by bringing notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal to the campus.  Many of the Lecture-Concert Series events include additional campus activities.

For more details about the series, interested individuals may visit the Lecture-Concert Series website,, or contact series chair Dr. Tim Crist,, (870) 972‑2094.

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Saturday park & sale with breakfast to raise funds for KLEK

JONESBORO, Ark. – One of Jonesboro’s best on-air services is having a big fundraising weekend and it is one you might enjoy.

KLEK 102.5 FM in Jonesboro is hosting a Community Park & Sale from 6 a.m. until around noon Saturday morning, Oct. 1. It will be at the Whistle Shop Bistro & Catering, 5435 East Nettleton Avenue in Jonesboro. Folks can come set up and sell unwanted goods for a parking space rental of just $10.

A pancake breakfast will also be held at the same time, making the perfect combination for a cool Saturday morning of shopping for bargains and treasures. The breakfast includes a choice of three pancakes or biscuit & gravy, bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs, and coffee or tea. It will also cost $10 – unless you buy tickets in advance.

Advance tickets are $7, and are available at KLEK,, the Whistle Shop, or by calling 870-277-1080.

KLEK is a non-commercial, non-profit, low-power radio station serving Jonesboro. The format is urban adult hits and classics but General Manager LaGanzie Kale devotes much time to community outreach and bringing in community leaders to talk to the listeners of Jonesboro.

“If you love a good ol fashioned yard sale this is the event for you,” Kale said. “You can find your friends and neighbors selling goods so you may find a bargain while enjoying a good hot breakfast at the same time help support KLEK’s service to the community.”