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County tax rate to hit 10 percent in January (10/22/14)
On Jan. 1, when collections begin for the Mississippi County Hospital System's recently passed half-cent tax, residents of Blytheville will be paying 10 percent sales taxes in town.
Sharp transferred to state custody (10/22/14)
Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook said Tuesday morning that Freddie Sharp III, has been picked up by the Arkansas Department of Corrections and transported to the facility in Malvern.
Council takes no action on millage (10/22/14)
The Blytheville City Council took no action Tuesday night on a resolution that would have set millage at 5 mills -- a 1-mill increase
Mayoral campaign enters final stretch (10/21/14)
The race for Blytheville mayor is down to the final stretch, with early voting underway at the Moore Center. Election day is Nov. 4.
Early voting underway for Nov. 4 election (10/20/14)
arly voting is underway in Mississippi County, and the polls have been busy. Near the closing time on Monday, 234 people had early voted in Osceola, and 275 in Blytheville, according to Election Coordinator Johnny Buchanon.
City weighing lease program for garbage cans (10/20/14)
The Blytheville City Council's Health and Sanitation Committee is considering a lease program for garbage cans.
County hospital system equipped to handle an Ebola case (10/20/14)
Local hospital personnel are trained and equipped to deal with an Ebola patient, should the need arise.
City committee OKs money for Chamber (10/20/14)
The Blytheville City Council's Finance and Purchasing Committee approved several requests Monday night, including a $10,000 payment to the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
County facing challenge with jail funding (10/20/14)
As it has been in recent years, funding the jail at the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department is going to yet again prove to be a challenge for the county in 2015.
Ross speaks at Chamber luncheon (10/20/14)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross spoke at Monday's luncheon of the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce as his campaign made its way across the northeast portion of the state.
Blytheville Council to consider millage increase (10/20/14)
Tuesday night, the Blytheville City Council will consider a 1 mill increase in property taxes.
Police seeking information in shooting (10/20/14)
The Blytheville Police Department is looking for information connected to the shooting of 42-year-old Jessie Andrews III late Monday morning.
Community wins recognition for its volunteers (10/18/14)
Blytheville is among 12 communities selected to receive the 2014 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year Award.
Secretary of state candidate visits Blytheville (10/18/14)
Arkansas secretary of state candidate Susan Inman made her way through Mississippi County this week as a part of her campaign trek, stopping in Blytheville on Thursday.
Election Commission certifies vote, talks ID law (10/17/14)
Tuesday's election, which instituted a new half-cent sales tax to support the county hospital system, was certified Friday morning by the Mississippi County Election Commission.
County departments cut to save raises (10/17/14)
Budgets for the county Election Commission, Juvenile Office, financial management and the office of the county judge were all presented to the Quorum Court's Finance Committee Friday afternoon, as their 2015 budgeting process continues.
Timeline: The Jessica Williams case (10/17/14)
The following is a timeline of events in the rape/murder case involving 11-year-old Jessica Williams of Gosnell:
Sharp found guilty in Williams rape case (10/17/14)
Freddie Sharp III left the circuit courtroom in custody of the Sheriff's Department Thursday afternoon, after a jury sentenced him to 25 years for the 2013 rape of 11-year-old murder victim Jessica Williams.
City makes plans to fix sewer line (10/17/14)
Thursday night, the Blytheville Streets and Drainage Committee sent a request to the Finance and Purchasing Committee to fix collapsed sewer lines on a 325-foot section of Appletree Circle.
City lands grant for Wastewater building (10/17/14)
The city of Blytheville has received a $25,000 Community Enhancement Grant from Arkansas Rural Services to help with construction of a new Wastewater building and laboratory.
ANC refining plans for new Student Center (10/16/14)
Arkansas Northeastern College is continuing its campus expansion and revitalization with a new project planned for the school's Student Center.
Sharp takes the stand in rape trial (10/15/14)
After his attorney attempted to have a mistrial called and was denied, Freddie Sharp III took the witness stand in circuit court Wednesday afternoon in his trial for the alleged rape of 11-year-old Jessica Williams.
Luminary Ceremony set for Friday night downtown (10/15/14)
The North Mississippi County Relay for Life group will hosts its Luminary Ceremony and Survival Walk Friday night at the Greyhound Bus Station.
Guidelines set for BHS homecoming tailgating (10/15/14)
The Blytheville High School homecoming is on Friday, and district director of safety and security, Ron Self, wants everyone attending the Chickasaws' home football games to continue enjoy themselves, both before and during the outings, while also staying safe and respecting the rules.
Candles promote breast cancer awareness (10/15/14)
Great River Medical Center, in partnership with Barbara Williams of For Every Home and Style, and several area businesses, is sponsoring the 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness candle program.
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