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Cleburne County youth lead fight against sex trafficking

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (August 10, 2013) -- Human trafficking is a crime that reaches every corner of the country, and though it may sound mysterious or foreign, it's a problem right here in Arkansas.

To help educate Arkansas youth on the reality of human trafficking, Teen Recruiters is hosting 'Skate for Freedom' tonight, August 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Spring Park in Heber Springs.

The goal of the event is to prevent at-risk youth from falling prey to predators.

There will be many musical performances, as well as guest speakers, including Kathy Bryan.

Bryan was forced into human trafficking when
she was just 15 years old, after beginning a relationship with a man she
thought she could trust. 

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40 Teams Preview: Searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Our 40 team preview continues with another stop in White County. It's the Searcy Lions.

They finished 2012 with a 6-6 record, but the wins/losses have really improved over the past two seasons. They'll have another challenge this season: They have a new coach and a new system which Jeromy Poole believes will make this good team better this season.

The Lions begin the season on the road at Little Rock - McClellan Sept. 6.

14th Annual Bargains Galore on Highway 64 happens this weekend

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - This weekend marks the 14th Annual Bargains Galore on Highway 64.

It's 160 miles of flea markets, yards sales, antiques and collectibles. The route stretches from Fort Smith south to Beebe. Sue Blakemore owns a flea market in Beebe and is expecting big business over the next few days.

"We have 200 or more vendors that come in. There could possibly be 2,000 people walking through the flea market, and they start coming in around 5:00-5:30 in the mornings," she said.

Those wishing to shop 'till they drop, have all weekend. Bargains Galore on 64 runs through Sunday.

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

ASMSA Science Café Series begins Aug. 16

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will kick off the new school year with the continuation of its Science Café Public Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 16.

Dr. Jack Waddell, a physics instructor at the school, will present “Six Degrees of Separation: What the Science of Complex Networks Reveals in our Lives.” The first Science Café of the year will be held in the ASMSA Boardroom, located in the Administration Building at 200 Whittington Ave.

The Science Café Lecture Series features a member of the ASMSA science faculty leading a discussion of scientific interest. The speaker will give a 20-minute lecture and then lead a discussion on the subject in a laid-back atmosphere. Audience participation is greatly encouraged.

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Today's Box Office: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters finds our hero at Camp Half Blood (the only place where children of Gods can be truly safe) where he's struggling to figure out if he's truly a hero or if he was just lucky. Since he saved Mount Olympus he hasn't really done much else to live up to his hype. He seems to fall behind in most of the Camp activities and is struggling to get answers from his father, the god Poseidon. When the barrier protecting the camp is breached and he discovers that another demigod who he defeated in The Lightning Thief is behind it, he learns of a prophecy that says he will either destroy the world or save it. So, Percy Jackson goes off to find the only thing that can either be used to save his beloved camp or be used to resurrect an ancient evil.

40 Teams Preview: Bald Knob

BALD KNOB, Ark. (KTHV) - Our 40 teams preview continues in Bald Knob, and we'll stay in 3A. Back in 2009, the Bald Knob Bulldogs won 13 games and a conference title.

In the 3 years since, they've only managed 16 wins but brighter days could be ahead. The sophomore class is loaded and so are the skill positions, especially running back, where they expect Malachi Watson to stay in beast mode.

It could be a tough task for a new coach, but Randy Johnston said he's just trying to build on the tradition left by the previous coach.

5-year-old drowns in Searcy swimming pool

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Police say a 5-year-old boy is dead after being pulled unresponsive from a Searcy apartment swimming pool Wednesday around 8 p.m.

Police said the 5-year old boy was pulled from the pool at the apartment complex where he lived. Searcy police public information officer Corporal Steve Hernandez said when officers arrived at The Ridge Apartment Complex, a bystander was already attempting CPR.

"Another child actually told the adult that there looked like there was a child at the bottom of the pool , and at that point, the adult actually got the child out," described Hernandez. "One of the bystanders, along with our officer, performed CPR on the child until Northstar Ambulance Service got there, and he was transported to the White County Medical Center."

Hernandez said 30 minutes later, the child was pronounced dead by doctors at the hospital, and they still don't have any idea of how the little boy ended up in the pool.