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CEO Barry Harrison on the Economic Impact of the Arkansas Aeroplex

Harrison heads the Blytheville Gosnell Regional Airport Authority, which runs the Arkansas Aeroplex, home to 40 commercial businesses.

Echoes of Valor: The Lasting Impact of Linebacker II on BlythevilleLock Icon

In December 1972, nine members of  97th Bombardment Wing died in Linebacker II, the most intensive B-52 campaign over Hanoi in all of the Vietnam War.

Monument to Survival: Blytheville Museum to Tell Cold War’s Story

Blytheville Air Force Base was a key Cold War nuclear launch facility for more than 30 years. The city will soon be home to the National Cold War Center, a $40 million project which could open as soon as 2027.

State Jobless Rate Down to 3.5% in March

It’s the second straight monthly decline. 

Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Biden Vows to Block Japanese Acquisition of US Steel

“American-owned, American-operated by American union steelworkers — the best in the world — and that’s going to happen, I promise you,” he said. read more >
Atlas Tube workers tour the company's new electric resistance steel mill in Blytheville.
Construction / Education / Manufacturing

Zekelman Plans $120M Expansion of Atlas Tube Facilities in Blytheville

Along with the expansion, Zekelman said it would provide $250,000 for a workforce training program at Arkansas Northeastern College. read more >

Lyon College Debuts State’s First Graduate Program for Teaching Deaf Students

The program offers a specialized pathway to obtain the Arkansas licensure endorsement for Teachers of Hearing-Impaired Students in grades kindergarten through 12. read more >
An electric arc furnace at Big River Steel’s Flex Mill near Osceola. Since the mill opened, it has provided hundreds of jobs and a big boost to the local economy.
Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Public Companies

US Steel Shareholders Approve Takeover by Japan’s Nippon Steel

The proposed transaction has raised concerns about what the sale could mean for unionized workers, supply chains and U.S. national security. read more >
Health Care / Nonprofits

Judd Hill Foundation Give $1M for UAMS Northeast Campus, Cancer Patients

Top priorities including education, research, clinical care and campus improvements. read more >
Construction / Public Companies / Real Estate / Retail / Transportation

Amazon Plans Last-Mile Facility in Jonesboro

The 58,000-SF facility will be located on Moore Road off the Joe N Martin Expressway, Jonesboro Unlimited said in a news release. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

Mississippi County Awards $720K in Infrastructure Grants

Seven projects to support critical water and sewer infrastructure received funds. read more >
Real Estate

Wolf Creek Project in Jonesboro Sells for $12 Million

The 192-unit property in Jonesboro has been housing students at nearby Arkansas State University. read more >
Industry / Media & Marketing

Jonesboro Right Now Offers Readers Free Online News Source

Joe Schratz, former assistant managing editor of the Jonesboro Sun, is chief reporter of the news site, which launched Tuesday. read more >
Cab chassis electric trucks wait for assembly with customizable back ends.
Public Companies / Transportation

Envirotech Lands 200-Vehicle Order, Its Biggest Ever

The deal to deliver high roof vans and trucks to Texas-based startup PlugD is valued at $16.2 million. read more >
Media & Marketing

New Jonesboro News Website Names Rachel Anderson as Editor

Before accepting the editing post, she was senior video analyst and digital media officer for the Jonesboro Police Department. read more >

Ritter to Offer High-Speed Internet in Rogers and Lowell

The Jonesboro-based telecom firm plans to announce another northwest Arkansas expansion within months. read more >
Construction / Education / Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Technology

A-State Steel Research Center Gets $10M From US Spending Package

The multimillion-dollar facility will support partnerships with steel manufacturers for research, process improvements and testing of advanced materials. read more >
Government & Politics / Manufacturing / Public Companies

Biden Comes Out in Opposition to Proposed Sale of US Steel to Japanese Company

The president said that it's "vital" for U.S. Steel, which is investing billions in northeast Arkansas, to "remain an American steel company that is domestically owned and operated." read more >
Phillip Oldridge, CEO and chairman of Envirotech Vehicles Inc., at the company's electric vehicle plant in Osceola in 2022.
Public Companies / Transportation

Envirotech Announces $4.3M in Vehicle Orders

The company said it has 43 vehicles on order from 19 customers participating in a New Jersey program that offers incentives for businesses to purchase new electric vehicles. read more >
Retail / Tourism

Gearhead Outfitters Expands to Colorado With Store Acquisitions

The deal for two Summit Canyon Mountaineering stores grows Gearhead's footprint to more than 20 locations in seven states. read more >

Lyon College to Offer Animal Behavior Minor

here are multiple animal science programs in Arkansas, but there are no animal behavior programs. read more >
Public Companies / Transportation

Envirotech Makes Another Change at CFO

Douglas Campoli, the executive who oversaw efforts to fix deficiencies in the company's financial disclosure controls, is out. read more >
Business Services / Construction / Government & Politics

Newport Gets $2M Business Development Grant

The grant will support a project by DriveSmart Auto Care Inc. of Toms River, New Jersey, which plans to open a call center in Newport. read more >
Construction / Government & Politics

Trillions of Gallons Leak From Aging Water Systems in US Cities

Many communities — especially older industrial and rural areas in the eastern half of the country — are facing an economic and public health reckoning after decades of deferred maintenance and disinvestment. read more >