Month: April 2017

Craig Rickert gone from KAIT

JONESBORO, Ark. – A long-time KAIT news anchor is finished with Region 8 News and sources indicate the split was not mutual.

Craig Rickert is nowhere to be seen on either Region 8 News broadcasts or the website. Several sources indicate he was fired by the Raycom Media-owned television station amid controversy. 

Rickert has been one of two primary faces of the K8 News/Region 8 News brand for many years, joining KAIT in 2002, according to his (now deleted) KAIT profile. However, sometime in the past several days, references to the anchor were removed from Rickert’s profile was also deactivated, with the original link now leading to a deactivated page. However, archived versions of the page were available from Web.Archive.Org (the Wayback Machine). Continue reading “Craig Rickert gone from KAIT”

Top Graduates in Agriculture and Technology Recognized

JONESBORO – The most outstanding graduating seniors in agriculture and technology at Arkansas State University were recognized during the annual Convocation of Scholars honors banquet, according to Dr. Timothy Burcham, dean.
The Chancellor’s Scholar award was presented to Sarahjane Beaucamp of Marianna, an animal science major. The Chancellor’s Scholar is the graduating senior who has the highest overall grade point average. Continue reading “Top Graduates in Agriculture and Technology Recognized”

Tacos 4 Life coming to Jonesboro

JONESBORO, Ark. – Call it taco Tuesday! A big announcement for a new business coming to town was just released.

Tacos 4 Life was announced Tuesday at a special gathering at The Reserve at The Hill. It is expected to open this fall. Haag Brown Principal Josh Brown, announcing the new establishment, said this business has a Midas touch with success and big things are expected.

“We are really invested in their company,” Brown said. “There’s something about when they open their store, it will be the top restaurant in our market. It’s got a blessing about it or something.”

It will be located next to Wings to Go, directly across from Sissy’s Log Cabin in Parkwood Center – the old fairgrounds development.

Local martial artist achieves gold in state competition

JONESBORO, Ark. – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu continues to grow in popularity for all ages and one local teen is taking his interest in the sport to the state level – and winning big.

Noah Robinson is 14-years-old and is a devoted trainee under Dan “Landshark” Paige, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu black belt in Jonesboro. Robinson can be seen practicing on the mats at Hilltop Fitness on Old Greensboro Road in Jonesboro. He has been training for eight months with Paige. Although he is often rolling with larger opponents, Paige will warn his seemingly advantaged opponent to, “be careful. He’ll break your arm.”

The warning is given with good cause. Continue reading “Local martial artist achieves gold in state competition”

Eight bottles of pills reported stolen from nurse

JONESBORO, Ark. – A travel nurse staying in a St. Bernard’s Hospital guest house reported eight bottles of medication stolen before her stay had concluded, last week.

Just after noon on Friday, April 21, Jonesboro Police Department Officer David Stout was dispatched to the overnight guest house at St. Bernard’s Hospital in reference to a theft which had already occurred. He met with the complainant – a travel nurse from Little Rock.

The nurse’s misfortune began when she had to go to a laundromat to wash her clothing due to a bed bug infestation she reported finding in her room at the guest house. She noticed her bag of medicine missing but assumed she had left it in the vehicle, the report says, but it was in the guest house. 

The report goes on to say she stayed that evening in a local hotel room and the next day, returned to the guest house to find her medicine bag empty. 
Unknown dosages and pill amounts were taken but among the prescriptions stolen were:

  • Lexapro
  • Phenergan
  • Hydrazine
  • Oxycotin
  • Ambien
  • Oxycodone
  • Mobic
  • Xanax

Anyone with information may call the Jonesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 935-6710 or Crime Stoppers at (870) 935-7867 (935-STOP.)

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