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Fatal car accident involving Harding student

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A Harding University student died early Saturday morning from injuries caused by a car accident.

Officials state that Nicholas Smith, 21, was traveling with two other Harding University students on Interstate 71 just outside Louisville, Ky. when the accident occurred. The group was involved in an organized mission trip to Syracuse, N.Y., where Smith was expected to be a summer youth intern.

According to officials, one of the passengers was airlifted to a Louisville hospital to have surgery and is currently stable and recovering. The other passenger was treated and released.

The story will be updated as more details are released.

Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation

Drug & firearms violations, abuse of power allegations uncovered in Searcy PD chief investigation

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – On Tuesday, Jeremy Clark resigned as Searcy police chief amid an investigation being conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

On Wednesday, officials with ATF shared the following information with THV11:

According to the press release, in March 2014 Arkansas State Police began investigating an arson that occurred on the 400 block of Pollard St. in Bradford, Ark. It is still an ongoing investigation.

A review of property records reportedly revealed that Clark was the owner of the residence. During the course of the investigation, ATF reports that agents uncovered evidence pertaining to possible violations of Federal firearms and controlled substance laws, as well as abuse of power allegations.

Harding University awarded $5k grant from State Farm

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Harding University has been awarded a $5,000 grant by State Farm in support of the university's work with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards advancement in Arkansas.

The Harding campus serves as the annual conference site for Arkansas Teachers for National Board Certification.

NBPTS is a national program that promotes advanced certification for teachers in all disciplines. Recognized as the gold standard in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.

Rigorous benchmarks and standards for NBPTS certification are designed to help teachers further develop in terms of educational communication, classroom organization, subject matter expertise and the development of clear learning objectives for their students.

Police search landfill regarding missing Searcy toddler

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV)- New details were released Thursday on search efforts for two-year-old Malik Drummond's who disappeared from his father's home in Searcy three months ago.

Searcy police say more than 200 people have called in tips and leads since the toddler was last seen in November. Most of them have been sightings, many from out of the state, and some from out of the country.

Corporal Steve Hernandez explained, they've responded to all of them, but still no answers. "Continuously every day, we have detectives that are looking into this case," said Corporal Hernandez.

They haven't ruled anybody out as possibly being a suspect.

They have received five leads this month. The most promising lead was called in last month, a sighting in Texas was reported.

Event to honor Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

Event to honor Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - An event created to honor veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan will be held March 14 at the Veterans Outreach Center off 1308 East Race St. in Searcy.

"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Day of Recognition" is being sponsored by the non-profit organization, Veterans Outreach Center.

For more information regarding the event, please call Bill Morton at (501) 230-9385.

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries. 


Beverly Buys artwork on display at ASU

Beverly Buys artwork on display at ASU

BEEBE, Ark. (ASU-Beebe) - The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department will be displaying “Delta in Blue” artwork by Beverly Buys until Friday, March 6 at the England Center Art Gallery.  She will also present a gallery lecture on Thursday, Feb. 26 at noon. 

Artist Beverly Buys technical approach to the photographs in “Delta in Blue” is unique and used as a way to support the dreamlike feeling of a memory and a historic narrative of the disappearing way of life in the Arkansas Delta. The work speaks to the endangered art of traditional photographic processes as well.

“The Arkansas Delta is a place I have been driving through my whole life but it took many years for it to become my destination,” said Buys. “I had to become interested in its history before I could begin to appreciate its beauty.”