Category: Mississippi County

Kristofferson to Highlight Cash Heritage Festival Concert

DYESS – Award-winning performer Kris Kristofferson will highlight the musical entertainment at the inaugural Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, scheduled for Oct. 19-21 in Dyess. The concert will be held in the former cotton field adjacent to the restored Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, and will take place Oct. 21, beginning at 12:15 p.m.

The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival was created following a successful run of concerts that began in 2011 at Arkansas State University, benefitting the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. The inaugural festival will feature Saturday afternoon music from Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Joanne and Tommy Cash, and Buddy Jewell. Additionally, the three-day festival will include a symposium from Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning in the Dyess Colony Circle, regional music in the Colony Circle on Thursday and Friday nights, a Memories of a Lifetime oral history project, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and demonstrations. Continue reading “Kristofferson to Highlight Cash Heritage Festival Concert”

Blytheville man found guilty of murder 

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced that a Mississippi County jury found Kordarro Woodard, 25, guilty of first degree murder today in the death of Martha George, 37, both of Blytheville.

The state alleged Woodard went to George’s home after midnight on June 19, 2016 where he argued and fought with her, poured gas on her and then caused her to catch fire with his lighter. Woodard claimed George set herself on fire in an attempted suicide because he was talking to other women.

Judge Cindy Thyer followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Woodard to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Ellington praised the work of Detectives Ronnie McShan and Eric Farrell of the Blytheville Police Department and deputy prosecutors

Curtis Walker and Gina Knight for their hard work investigating and prosecuting this difficult case.

Woodard was represented by Attorney James W. Harris of Blytheville.


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Affidavit: Blytheville murder victim died saving brother; three charged

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. – In his final moments, Richard Wilkins, Jr., 28, acted to save his brother’s life at the expense of his own, his surviving brother said.

Wilkins was shot sometime around 8:30 p.m. Monday evening at Williams Park in Blytheville. He died at Great River Medical Center.

But police believe he wasn’t the target of the shooter, said the probable cause affidavit obtained by NEA Report. The target of the shooting, whom we are not identifying, spoke to police and told them he was there during the shooting and could identify the killer.  Continue reading “Affidavit: Blytheville murder victim died saving brother; three charged”