Category: Greene County

Kevin Prater Band to Perform at Next Bluegrass Monday


JONESBORO — The Kevin Prater Band will perform a concert Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the musicians. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Prater is from the tiny southeastern Kentucky town of Belcher, and he has a career spanning over three decades of performing what he calls “pure Kentucky” bluegrass music. He started his first band when he was only 10 years old, and he has played in various nationally touring groups, most prominently with the James King Band. Prater has travelled to 49 states and 23 countries to perform bluegrass music.

In 2009, Prater formed the Kevin Prater Band, creating a quintet dedicated to playing traditional bluegrass and gospel music along with some classic country music and vintage rock and roll. Continue reading “Kevin Prater Band to Perform at Next Bluegrass Monday”

Stacy’s Sweetheart Social raises money for Paragould Children’s Home

LORADO, Ark. – For the second year, a Valentine’s Day event was held to honor the memory of a loving member of the community while at the same time, raising money for a good cause.


Stacy’s Sweetheart Social was held at Lorado Grocery on Tuesday, with a sold out crowd helping to fill the country store at the intersection of Arkansas 141 and Arkansas 168.

The event, held in memory of Stacy Quintana, raised $834.76 for the Paragould Children’s Home. Continue reading “Stacy’s Sweetheart Social raises money for Paragould Children’s Home”

Lorado killer gets 80 years in prison

PARAGOULD, Ark. – Before an empty courtroom, save for the family of victim Stacy Quintana, her killer plead guilty and was sentenced to 80 years in prison on Friday.

Stacy Rae Keplinger, 37, of Paragould, plead guilty to first degree murder and attempted capital murder on Friday in Greene County Circuit Court. The judge sentenced Keplinger to the state’s recommendation of 480 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction, minus 388 days served, twice – for each of the two charges. She must serve 70 percent of the first and 25 percent of the second.

That means her sentence will be 28 years for murder and 10 more years for attempted murder, making her 75-years-old before she is eligible for release.

As part of the plea arrangement, Keplinger also agreed to testify against her co-defendants in the case – Darrell Swan, 54, and Charles Quintana, 59, both of Paragould. Each of the two faces capital murder charges, along with attempted murder charges, for the Dec. 23, 2015 murder-for-hire plot which claimed the life of the manager of Lorado Grocery – Stacy Quintana.  Continue reading “Lorado killer gets 80 years in prison”