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Saturday, June 27, 2015
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Lawsuit filed against City of Blytheville and former waterworks director (06/25/15)
A lawsuit has been filed in Circuit Court against the City of Blytheville, Blytheville Waterworks and former Waterworks General Manager Gary Phillips. De Lage Landen Financial Services Company (DLLFS), through its attorneys Nixon & Light of Little Rock, has filed suit against the City of Blytheville, Blytheville Waterworks and former Waterworks General Manager Gary Phillips in the Civil Division, Blytheville District of the Circuit Court of Mississippi County...
County tax revenues up for May (06/25/15)
Tax revenues for Mississippi County defied expectations and rose during the month of May, despite concerns that the mass layoffs in the area would cause a sharp decline over the summer. County general's share of the one cent sales tax for May was $113,806, up from $104,081 in April, and also up by more than $5,000 from May of 2014...
Tips for handling the heat (06/25/15)
The National Weather Service in Memphis (NWS) has issued a number of heat advisories over the past few days, as very hot and humid conditions have blanketed Mississippi County. Heat has been in the mid to upper 90s with heat indices rising from 105� to 108� daily. While cooler temps may move in temporarily next week, residents know that this will not be the only heat wave of the year and it is prudent to be prepared...
Blytheville Police Reports, June 25 (06/25/15)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Wednesday, June 24 -- Police investigated a forgery complaint. The victim's daughter, who has power of attorney over her, told police that the offender wrote four checks totaling $1,225...
Annual July 4th fireworks show set (06/24/15)
The Blytheville Youth Sportsplex will once again play host to the City of Blytheville's Annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration in celebration of the nation's 239th birthday. The event will kick off at dusk on Saturday, July 4th. Each year the City Advertising Tourist Promotion Commission (CATPC) sponsors the event. ...
North/South County tensions rise over new courthouse (06/24/15)
Tensions between north and south Mississippi County were brought to the forefront during Tuesday night's meeting of the Quorum Court, as justices from the south expressed frustration at being left out of the move other court members made to purchase land for the county's new prospective courthouse...
Local ministry to sponsor gun buyback (06/24/15)
Greater Dimensions World Outreach Ministries, pastored by Apostle C. A. Turner, Sr., will be hosting an event whereby the ministry team is calling on Blytheville area residents to "stop the violence and put the guns down". They promise to pay $100 for every gun turned in, no questions asked...
EOC offers utility assistance (06/24/15)
The Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission is offering two energy assistance programs this summer as well as their Housing Counseling Program. MCAEOC will begin taking applications and walk-ins July 7 for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance program...
UPDATE: Police looking for Clearlake shooting suspect (06/23/15)
Around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Janar Jordan was shot at Clearlake Apartments, according to Capt. Scott Adams of the Blytheville Police Department.
"Open carry" confusion (06/23/15)
There have been six homicides in Blytheville, year-to-date, and numerous shootings. The high rates of crime and violence have led many to begin carrying concealed handguns. Recently, an increased number of people are debating the virtue of even openly carrying weapons without state licensure. Typical of political climate changes, Arkansas politicians are also beginning to interpret statutes differently...
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake, June 15-21 (06/23/15)
Mississippi County Sheriff's Department Intake - 6/15 thru 6/21 Britney Adamson, 25, Leachville - commitment; Cody Allen Adamson, 23, Manila - residential burglary, methamphetamine, marijuana; Donald Ray Adamson, 47, Blytheville - failure to appear;...
BPD investigates armed robbery (06/23/15)
Blytheville Courier News Blytheville police are investigating an armed robbery Monday night in the 800 block of East Melody Lane. The victim said she came to Blytheville to meet someone and, after she picked him up at Chickasaw Courts, he asked her to stop at 16th Street to pick up his friend...
Blytheville Police Reports, June 23 (06/23/15)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Monday, June 22 -- Police took a criminal mischief report in the 800 block of Chickasawba. The victim's back glass was broken out of his vehicle. -- Police took a fraudulent use of a debit card report. Twenty nine transactions were made totaling $379...
Two perish in separate homicides Monday (UPDATE) (06/23/15)
Blytheville police are investigating a second homicide Monday, one that occurred less than 11 hours after the first one. According to Capt. Scott Adams of the Blytheville Police Department, 22-year-old Vincent Stone was shot at Williams Park around 8:30 Monday night and later perished from the gunshot wounds, after being flown to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis...
Update: Gunfight turns deadly Monday morning (06/22/15)
A gunfight turned fatal Monday morning in the 700 block of East McHaney. Kennon Daniels, 20, was killed around 10 a.m., Monday during a shooting that is still under investigation, according to Blytheville Police Department Chief Ross Thompson. Witnesses flagged down police, as 911 calls began coming into the BPD...
Blytheville board discusses test scores, out of school suspensions (06/22/15)
The Blytheville School Board of Education met for their June regular meeting Monday evening. Topics for brief discussion included test results from the state, professional development district successes, strategies for continued success, physical plant plans and personnel changes...
Local school officials weigh in on PARCC testing (06/22/15)
Blytheville Courier News Area school superintendents are patiently watching and waiting as Arkansas politicos debate whether or not to continue using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam in Arkansas schools in the future. ...
Levee community residents planning reunion (06/22/15)
Blytheville Courier News A reunion for former residents of Armorel, Barfield, Hickman Bend, 40 & 8, Huffman, Number Nine, and Promised Land communities is being planned. Reunion program coordinator Louise Williams said that the communities used to be under-developed timber and logging areas, but much has changed since their establishment in the mid 1880's...
Mazzio's facility purchased (06/22/15)
According to Mississippi County real estate records, the former Mazzio's, located at 1021 East Main St. in Blytheville, has been purchased by National Cities Corporation of Memphis. No announcement has been made regarding future plans for the property...
Blytheville Police Reports June 22 (06/22/15)
The following are reports from the Blytheville Police Department. Friday, June 19 -- Police took a harassment report in the 200 block of Kentucky. -- Officers took a report of a fraudulent use of a debit card. The offender made five transactions. -- Police took a report of a stolen 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix in the 500 block of South Tennessee...
Victim of weekend shooting in serious condition (06/22/15)
Blytheville Courier News Two local men were shot Friday in the 300 block of South Walker, one of whom is currently in serious condition at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. When police arrived at the scene, they found Robert Alexander, lying in the driveway, suffering from a gunshot wound. Alexander was transported to Great River Medical Center, then flown to the Med. On Monday, a hospital representative said Alexander is in serious condition...
Juneteenth celebrated (06/20/15)
A Juneteenth celebration was held at Pilgrim's Rest church Saturday.
Men's March held (06/20/15)
Nehemiah Temple Church of God in Christ's held its annual Men's March Saturday. The March started at 2nd Street and ended at the courthouse.
Veterans can get local treatment (06/19/15)
In May of 2014, legislation was passed concerning Veteran Affairs(VA) benefits which stated that veterans waiting more than 30 days for an appointment or living more than 40 miles from a VA facility may use their VA benefits to receive care from a private doctor...
"Iceman" sentenced (06/19/15)
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher R. Thyer announced Thursday that the lead defendant in a Blytheville drug conspiracy has been sentenced. The three-year case involving large-scale distribution of methamphetamines reached its conclusion with the sentencing of Kenneth Brown, II, aka "Iceman", 29, of Blytheville. ...
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