Category: Mississippi County

Man convicted of murder

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announces that this afternoon a Mississippi County Jury sitting in Blytheville found Anfernee Wells, 27 of Blytheville, guilty of Murder in the First Degree, in the shooting death of Vincent Stone, 22 of Blytheville, at Williams Park on June 22, 2015.  

“The jury was made up of four men and eight women,” Ellington said. “Judge Melissa Richardson followed the jury’s recommendation of forty (40) years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.” 

The State was represented by Deputy Prosecutors Curtis Walker and Gina Knight. 

Ellington said, “I really appreciate Curtis and Gina picking up this case with Will Thompson’s recent departure for the U.S. Air Force. The worked many hours to get this case ready for this term.” 

Wells’s co-defendant Daniel Johnson was previously found guilty by a jury on 4-20-16 and sentenced to life.

Press Release

Rivercrest school employee killed in accident

WILSON, Ark. – An accident has claimed the life of a long-time school employee at Rivercrest Schools, the Blytheville Courier reports.

Charles A. Hamm, 75, was killed Wednesday morning, April 12, in a tragic accident at the “bus barn” of Rivercrest Schools, the Courier reported. Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched at around 10:47 a.m. to 48 Cortez Kennedy Avenue in reference to someone falling off a building.  Continue reading “Rivercrest school employee killed in accident”

Blytheville JCPenney 1 of 138 closing

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – JCPenney will be leaving the Chickasaw Plaza in Blytheville.

The Penney’s location at 301 North Service Road in Blytheville is one of 138 stores announced to be closing. A press release says most of the stores will be closing in June, affecting approximately 5,000 jobs nationwide.

“JCPenney is in the process of identifying relocation opportunities within the company for esteemed leaders,” the release stated. “Additionally, JCPenney will provide outplacement support services for those eligible associates who will be leaving the Company. Most affected stores will begin the liquidation process on April 17.” Continue reading “Blytheville JCPenney 1 of 138 closing”

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival Tickets Go On Sale Friday

JONESBORO — Tickets for the Inaugural Benefit Concert at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival go on sale Friday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at the Arkansas State University Box Office, Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive. The festival will be held Oct. 19-21 (Thursday through Saturday) in Dyess, Ark.

The concert on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, in the field adjacent to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, features Cash’s daughter Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, both multiple Grammy Award winners, along with Johnny’s brother and sister Tommy Cash and Joanne Cash Yates, and a performance by country music singer Buddy Jewell. Continue reading “Johnny Cash Heritage Festival Tickets Go On Sale Friday”

Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson to Headline Johnny Cash Heritage Festival

JONESBORO — Two of America’s most renowned singer-songwriters will headline the first Johnny Cash Heritage Festival to be held Oct. 19-21 (Thursday through Saturday) in Dyess, Ark. Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson, multiple Grammy Award winners and national treasures, are set to perform at the festival’s Inaugural Concert, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 21, in the field adjacent to the restored Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.

The benefit concert with Cash and Kristofferson will be the culmination of Saturday afternoon events in the field that will include a “Cash Homecoming” show by Joanne Cash and Tommy Cash, the two youngest siblings of Johnny Cash, and a performance by country music singer Buddy Jewell.

All three Saturday afternoon performances are included in the price of the Inaugural Concert. Ticket holders also will have access throughout the afternoon to food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and artists’ merchandise. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 3 and will be available online,, or at the Central Box Office on the A-State campus (Lower Red Entrance), 870-972-2781 or 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $100 (premium chair seating), $50 (chair seating), and $25 (bring your own chairs or blankets).
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