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Council approves 2015 budget (01/29/15)
During a brief special meeting Thursday night, the Blytheville City Council adopted the 2015 budget with a 5-1 vote. The budget includes $16,953,891 in expenses and $17,085,226 in revenues, for a projected surplus of $131,334. Voting in favor of the budget were Councilmen Kevin Snow, Stan Parks, John Musgraves, L.C. Hartsfield and R.L. Jones. Councilman Tommy Abbott was the lone dissenter...
Restaurant manager fires back at armed robbers (01/29/15)
The Blytheville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery and an exchange of gunfire that occurred Wednesday night at Domino's Pizza. It was the second robbery in three months at the pizza place.
Vandalism reported at Williams Park (01/29/15)
Blytheville Parks and Recreation director Elroy Brown reported vandalism at Williams Park to Blytheville police Thursday afternoon.
BPD presents Crime Reduction Initiative Award (01/29/15)
Bishop Randy Crenshaw and God's Holy Temple were awarded the inaugural Blytheville Police Department Crime Reduction Initiative Award for the work the church does with its "Stop the Violence" program, which began in 2010.
Parks and Rec CD pulled out of city budget (01/28/15)
Approving several adjustments to the proposed 2015 budget Tuesday night, the Blytheville City Council's Finance and Purchasing Committee recommended a version for the full council's consideration.
Power outage affects Gosnell area (01/28/15)
Several homes in Gosnell, as well as Gosnell Schools, experienced power outages Wednesday morning. There was no immediate timeline for full restoration.
City operating with $4.7M fewer funds than in '08 (01/28/15)
The city of Blytheville is operating with $4,733,000 fewer funds than it did in 2008, according to Finance Director John Callens.
County offering aid to trucking company (01/27/15)
Mississippi County will be granting $150,000 in economic development funds to new business RAD Trucking, per the measure's passing Tuesday night by the Quorum Court.
County mayors share successes, discuss challenges (01/27/15)
The mayors of Mississippi County gathered Tuesday morning in Osceola to discuss progress and problems being experienced by each city, and to welcome four newly elected mayors to the group.
New look for county Election Commission (01/27/15)
Since Republicans swept all of Arkansas' constitutional offices in the November 2014 general election, the state's election commissions will now become Republican-dominant.
A peak ahead at Sunday's big hoopla (01/27/15)
The biggest single entertainment event in the country returns this weekend, as the New England Patriots get set to take on the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.
King leaving Gosnell School Board (01/26/15)
The Gosnell School Board experienced a sudden turnover Monday night, as board member Mitchell King resigned, effective immediately.
Blytheville Schools looks to shake off "distress" tag (01/26/15)
Blytheville School District administrators are being proactive after Blytheville High School New Tech was placed on the "Academic Distress" list last May, implementing new plans and programs to help the school climb off the list.
Sanders sees "whole new horizon" for Blytheville (01/26/15)
The city may be looking over a "whole new horizon" for 2015, according to Blytheville Mayor James Sanders, who was the guest speaker at Monday's luncheon of the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Robbery at Stop and Buy (01/25/15)
At approximately 4:20 a.m. Saturday, officers of the Blytheville Police Department responded to the Stop and Buy Food Mart located at 3701 South Division in reference to a robbery call, according to assistant chief Ricky Jefferson. "The Clerk advised that a tall male subject with a light complexion wearing checkered shorts, white T-shirt and cowboy boots had taken a small amount of cash from the cash register when she opened it," Jefferson said. ...
Car collides with train on Moultrie (01/25/15)
At approximately 4:10 a.m.Saturday, officers of the Blytheville Police Department responded to Moultrie and Railroad in reference to a vehicle that had collided with a Train, according to BPD assistant chief Ricky Jefferson. Officers arrived on the scene and upon their investigation it revealed that a blue 2008 Nissan Altima, operated by Krysta Hill, 38, of Leachville was eastbound and continued through the crossing gates and collided with a Northbound BNSF Train, Jefferson said. ...
Main Street begins plans for Mayfest (01/24/15)
Main Street Blytheville has started organizing this year's annual Mayfest event, and organization leaders are looking for input from the community to help raise the event to a new level.
New shopping center taking shape (01/23/15)
Construction work has begun to transform the face of Chickasaw Plaza.
ANC's Shemwell says tuition plan could work (01/23/15)
Arkansas Northeastern College President Dr. James Shemwell gave his thoughts on the impact and success of President Barack Obama's free college tuition proposal, which he said would depend heavily on a few key changes as well as bi-partisan cooperation.
EOC plans "Super Saturday" tax-filing event (01/23/15)
Area seniors, families and individuals meeting certain income requirements will be able to file their taxes for free on Jan. 31, with help from the Mississippi County EOC.
Golf course at center of city budget talks (01/23/15)
As the new-look city of Blytheville Finance and Purchasing Committee began 2015 budget discussions Wednesday night, Thunder Bayou Golf Links found itself in the crosshairs.
School threat found to be unfounded (01/22/15)
An alleged shooting threat at the Gosnell Junior High appears to just be a rumor, according to Gosnell Police Chief Darrell Watkins.
Book-lovers invited to take part in new book club (01/22/15)
The Mississippi County Library System recently announced the formation of The YA Forever book club.
Council members earn certifications (01/21/15)
Mayor James Sanders and four members of the Blytheville City Council have been recognized as Certified Municipal Officials by the Arkansas Municipal League.
City recognized for volunteerism (01/20/15)
During a brief Blytheville City Council meeting Tuesday night, Blytheville Mayor James Sanders applauded members of the Council for their involvement in Arkansas Municipal League training, and he thanked the community for its volunteerism that led to a third straight Volunteer Community of the Year designation.
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