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Osceola mayor to retire at end of year

OSCEOLA, Ark. (KAIT) - Osceola Mayor Sally Wilson said she would not be running for re-election. On Monday, July 4, she said she would be resigning on Dec. 31 to work with the local nonprofit, Renew Osceola Community Development Corporation. “I love Osceola enough to step aside when I believe...
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Northeast Arkansas town continues 76-year tradition

CARAWAY, Ark. (KAIT) - A Fourth of July tradition continues in Caraway. Like many events in 2020, the annual picnic was canceled due to COVID-19. “Well we did have to shut down for one year for the COVID in 2020, but other than that we have had it every year 1946 or 1947,” said Roger Williams, the event coordinator.
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Lake City puts a spin on a tradition

LAKE CITY, Ark. (KAIT) - Lake City is firing up a new tradition for the Fourth early this year. The city has moved away from its Spring Festival which was hosted every year in May. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the city had not hosted the Spring Fest in over two...
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All lanes on I-55 in Mississippi County back open

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – All lanes on I-55 in Mississippi County are back open following an evening crash. IDrive Arkansas reported there was a crash at 8:39 p.m., Tuesday, June 30 along the interstate at Mile Marker 29.7, which was about three miles southwest of Joiner. As of...
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Manila mayor dies at 76

MANILA, Ark. (KAIT) - Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner died Thursday afternoon. Details are limited at this time, but according to city officials, Wagner died after lunchtime at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was serving the final year as mayor in his third 4-year term. Wagner spent decades in...
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Cities continue recovery efforts after Dec. 10 tornado

MONETTE, Ark. (KAIT) - Two cities in Northeast Arkansas are continuing their recovery efforts after a devastating tornado affected them in different ways. Monette and Leachville were among the cities in the path of the infamous Dec. 10 tornado, leaving behind damage among several notable areas. For the Monette community,...
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Progress being made on Osceola revitalization project

OSCEOLA, Ark. (KAIT) - The future looks bright for Osceola, as the city will be introducing new restaurants, coffee shops, and a rooftop bar for newcomers. Investor Phil Baratelli committed to revitalizing the downtown district and former country club. The yearlong project has now turned into a reality for Baratelli, but he said the buildings needed some work.

Concert in the Park Tonight

A tradition reaching back to the 80s is back tonight. The Kennett Municipal Band is presenting its Concert in the Park to kick off the city’s Independence Day celebration. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Park. Band member Everett Mobley says the musicians, under the direction of...
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The Leader will host a candidate forum on July 7

The Leader will host a candidate forum on Thursday, July 7 for candidates who will appear on the August 2022 ballot. The state primary and county general election will elect county commissioners, circuit court clerk, constables, and school board members in even districts and will be a primary for governor, U.S. House Districts 8 and 9, and Tennessee House District 81.

KFD Hosting Grain Bin Safety Training

The Kennett Fire Department is conducting a grain bin safety class on August 19. The classroom session is from 8 a.m. to noon at First United Methodist Church. A hands-on demonstration is from 1 to 4 p.m. The class is designed for farmers and anyone else who works around grand...

Plenty of Fireworks Stands around Kennett

There are plenty of places around Kennett where you can buy fireworks, but the city’s Fire Chief says don’t forget you can’t shoot them just yet. Chief Paul Spain said KFD has the responsibility of inspecting fireworks stands. You can start shooting fireworks legally in Kennett starting...
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Burn ban issued amid hot, dry conditions

CARDWELL, MO. (KAIT) - With temperatures hovering in the 90s and a lack of substantial rain, one town has issued a ban on all burning. Citing Ordinance #460, the mayor and fire chief of Cardwell, Missouri, issued a “complete burn ban.”. According to a news release shared Saturday, June...
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Date for new Monette Manor facility construction set

MONETTE, Ark. (KAIT) – After nearly seven months since a deadly tornado struck the town of Monette, a once-active nursing home is a step closer to recovery. Back in December, the Monette Manor was one of the buildings hit by the tornado, leaving nothing but debris across the area.

Remembering anew the lives lost at Fort Pillow

Commemorators lined the entrance of Memphis National Cemetery on Friday (June 17), watching as the two police officers led the “rider-less horse.”. A solemn procession of hearses followed, the symbolic motorcade bringing fallen United States Colored Troops from Fort Pillow to their final resting place. “This is how the...

Gov. Parson proclaims June as Dairy Month in Mo.

Man accused of shooting gun into occupied vehicle in Steele, Mo. Natural gas rates going up in Mo. Natural gas rates in Mo. going up. Former Anna, Ill. man convicted in domestic battery trial. Updated: 9 hours ago. |. A former Anna, Ill. resident was convicted in a domestic battery...