Tag: 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”

Rosanne Cash to announce Cash Festival line-up Monday

DYESS, Ark. – An event full of history will launch its new chapter in 2017 as the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival and on Monday, the lineup will be revealed.

The daughter of the late iconic Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, will be in person to announce the talent lineup regarding the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival.

The press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Dyess Colony Visitors Center, 110 Center Drive.

The new event is a spin-off of the Johnny Cash Music Fest and will be held in Dyess at the historic colony site. Press releases and conferences suggest the event will combine educational activities in Dyess, as well as entertainment and special events. It continues the legacy of the earlier concert series held in Jonesboro.

The festival is Oct. 19-21 (Thursday through Saturday) in Dyess.

Johnny Cash Heritage Festival Announces Symposium Headliners

JONESBORO — A pair of experts who have researched and authored publications about legendary singer Johnny Cash and the New Deal era will be the keynote speakers at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival Symposium, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 19-21, in Dyess.

Michael Streissguth, a professor of communication and film studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and Bill McDowell, a professor of art and art history at the University of Vermont in Burlington, will be on hand to discuss topics pertaining to the symposium, “Johnny Cash: Arts and Artistry from the New Deal into the 21st Century.”

“Streissguth brings great insights into the impact that Dyess had on Johnny Cash and his music,” Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites program said. “Additionally, his work on Cash, along with McDowell’s New Deal photographs, will open very personal windows into this important era in our nation’s history.” Continue reading “Johnny Cash Heritage Festival Announces Symposium Headliners”