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Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Searcy non-profit helps Vietnam vet get VA benefits


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A veteran who was denied care for conditions lingering after fighting the Vietnam War is finally getting the help he needs thanks to a Searcy non-profit organization credited with helping him cut through the red tape.

"The VA is not accessible, it's just not accessible," said Paul Bunn of Veterans Outreach Ministries. "We gather all the needed documents, we analyze everything and we find out what is legally theirs and we make sure that our veterans get it."

A U.S. combat veteran himself, helping other veterans through the complicated VA claims process has become a personal mission for Bunn. Like 72-year-old Vietnam veteran Walter Fleming, whose claim was originally denied by the VA because they said he never served in Vietnam.

ASU-Beebe: John Deere Agriculture Technology scholarships awarded

ASU-Beebe: John Deere Agriculture Technology scholarships awarded

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - John Deere Company awarded several students from all over the U.S. a scholarship to attend Arkansas State University in Beebe, Ark. 

The recipients of the John Deere Agriculture Technology scholarships include Hunter Nash of Mo., who was awarded the $1,000 Outstanding John Deere Ag-Tech scholarship, Jared Conder of Griffithville, Brandon Keck and Anthony Key of Austin, Austin Stephens of Brookland and Patrick Owen of Pine Bluff, which were all awarded the $500 John Deere Ag-Tech scholarship.

The ASU-Beebe John Deere Ag-Tech program was recently awarded the distinction of a five-year accreditation. Students learn to repair agricultural equipment with courses in various components of the machinery, such as diesel engines, electrical systems, power trains, and hydraulics. 

UCA television station available through U-verse

UCA television station available through U-verse

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A station previously only available in Conway will no spread to various parts of Arkansas. 

The University of Central Arkansas' Channel 6 television station is now available on U-verse, Channel 99.

“I'm extremely excited to be able to reach a new audience through Channel 6's original programming,” said Chris Churchill, director of Channel 6 Television. “Now, thanks to AT&T U-verse, UCA students, family and fans can experience our programming from anywhere in central Arkansas.”

Channel 6 will cover from Little-Rock to Pine Bluff, including Benton, Bryant, Cammack Village, Conway, Haskell, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Maumelle, Pulaski County, Shannon Hills, Sherwood and Searcy.

​To access Channel 6's programming through U-verse, browse to U-verse Channel 99, which will display a list of available Public Education Government (PEG) channels. Click on Conway and then UCA Television.

Protecting your pets in freezing weather

Protecting your pets in freezing weather

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Just like humans, animals can also be at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.

One important safety tip: don't leave your pets in the car, as it can get as cold as a refrigerator. Veterinarians also recommend investing in some winter gear for your animals, and keeping them layered.

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:

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FAULKNER COUNTY

Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street

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GARLAND COUNTY

Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs

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JEFFERSON COUNTY

Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff

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PULASKI COUNTY

Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

3 small tremors shake up White, Cleburne Counties


WHITE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV/AP) – Central Arkansas caught three small tremors early Monday morning.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a 2.0 magnitude earthquake shook around midnight about 9 miles northwest of Bald Knob. Two hours later, two more 2.0 tremors shook in the same vicinity.

A 1.8 magnitude quake was reported about 9 miles southeast of Fairfield Bay a couple of days prior to this incident.

Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not likely as a result of quakes below magnitude 4.0.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)