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Justices drop pay raise from county budget (10/30/14)
The proposed 3 percent raise for county employees which had been worked into Mississippi County's budget by the Quorum Court's Finance Committee has been removed.
Former President Clinton coming to Blytheville (10/30/14)
Former President Bill Clinton will be in Blytheville Sunday afternoon for a campaign stop, as part of the Democratic Convention's "Arkansas Victory 2014" tour.
Council votes to keep millage at 4.0 (10/30/14)
The Blytheville City Council voted unanimously to approve a 4.0-mill tax for the city during a special meeting on Thursday.
Police chief urging caution with Halloween festivities (10/30/14)
Halloween is Friday, and Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson has provided the following tips to help ensure everyone has a fun and safe night trick-or-treating.
Coalition taking aim at adult obesity (10/29/14)
The Mississippi County Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Arkansas is promoting cancer prevention and a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and physical activity. The objective of the coalition is to reduce the proportion of adults who are obese from 39 percent to 35 percent by 2016.
Trick-or-treaters invited to Main Street (10/29/14)
Main Street Blytheville will be hosting its third annual "Trick-or-Treating on Main" Friday evening in the historic downtown Blytheville area.
Architects to assess county courthouses (10/28/14)
Mississippi County intends to hire architect Aaron Ruby of Little Rock and Fayetteville firm Allison Architects to assess both county courthouses and provide detailed plans and cost assessments for the renovation of both facilities compared to the cost of closing both facilities and constructing a new courthouse.
Blytheville board reviews "facts and figures" (10/28/14)
The Blytheville School District gave its annual report to the public during Tuesday's Blytheville School Board meeting, detailing the district's goals and achievements.
Area home suffers extensive damage in fire (10/28/14)
The Blytheville Fire Department responded to a fire at 3038 N. Highway 61 Tuesday morning.
Homes decked out for Halloween (10/28/14)
With Halloween only a few days away, creatures of all kinds have been appearing in the yards of many local homes.
Circus coming to Aeroplex this weekend (10/27/14)
The Carson and Barnes Circus, tagged "the world's biggest big top show," is returning to Blytheville to perform two shows Sunday at the Arkansas Aeorplex.
Gosnell board OKs school bus purchase (10/27/14)
The Gosnell School board voted Monday night to purchase a used 71-passenger bus for the district, at the price of $65,000.
County committee OKs election coordinator plan (10/27/14)
The Mississippi County Quorum Court's Finance Committee agreed Monday to accept the transition of the election coordinator's job from Johnny Buchanon to George Hale on April 1, 2015.
Haunted Theater back at Ritz (10/25/14)
The Haunted Theater officially kicked off Thursday night, and will continue through Saturday, and pick up again Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 at the Ritz Civic Center in downtown Blytheville.
Ignite again readying Boxes of Love (10/25/14)
This year's Ignite event has already begun, and the organization is underway on its Boxes of Love giveaway, which is coming up in December. The Ignite board recently met to finalize plans for the giveaway and start spreading awareness.
Blytheville recognized for storm-readiness (10/25/14)
The National Weather Service recognized the city of Blytheville for its efforts toward achieving StormReady recognition.
MissCo among 8 sites vying for new prison (10/24/14)
Mississippi County is one of eight entities expected to bid for a new $100 million Arkansas prison that would house maximum-security prisoners.
Entries now being sought for Blytheville Christmas parade (10/24/14)
The theme for this year's Blytheville Christmas parade is "All I Want for Christmas," picking up the theme from last year's parade which was canceled because of icy conditions.
Chili Cookoff winners announced (10/24/14)
Last weekend's Blytheville Chili Cookoff was a big hit, according to Main Street Blytheville Interim Director L.C. Hartsfield, and the results for the chili winners are now in.
County to use "blue roof" to stop courthouse leaks (10/24/14)
Justices of the Quorum Court's Finance Committee decided Thursday that a FEMA "blue roof" is the best option to pursue for stopping leaks in the Blytheville courthouse until funding can be secured for a more permanent fix.
Squad gearing up for annual auction (10/23/14)
The Blytheville Emergency Squad is collecting items in preparation for its annual fundraising auction, which will be held Nov. 1 at Walker Park.
Wilson project is about "building something" (10/23/14)
Gaylon Lawrence, who recently purchased Lee Wilson & Co., and effectively the town of Wilson, addressed the monthly meeting of the county's mayors Tuesday in Manila.
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
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