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UPDATE: Searcy gun store burglarized of 19 handguns

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A gun store in Searcy was burglarized early Wednesday morning with the thief making off with 19 handguns.

At 2:30 a.m. July 17, officers were called to Ultimate Outdoors at 608 S. Main about an alarm. Officers are looking through surveillance video from the robbery and said the robber appears to be familiar with the store. They described the suspect as standing at around 5 feet tall; the suspect was wearing a white or grey sweatshirt and dark pants with white gloves at the time of the robbery.

When they arrived they say a window had been shattered at the front of the business.

"After the block was thrown through the window, actually waited outside for approximately ten minutes, I guess to test the alarm system," owner, John Key explains.

That is when the man, estimated to be about 5 feet tall, climbed through the window, covered with a hooded sweatshirt, mask and white gloves. 

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Direct Auto Insurance giving away free book bags July 18

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Direct Auto Insurance) -- Direct Auto Insurance is giving back and helping local families get ready for the upcoming school year with their 2nd Annual Book Bag Giveaway. On July 18, parents who stop by their local Direct location can receive a free book bag* while supplies last. On the same day, neighborhood Direct locations will also be hosting a "Back to School Bash" featuring free food, drinks, games and even more giveaways. Guests also can spin a prize wheel to win great gifts and sign up for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD 8.9"*.

"Direct is pleased to give free book bags to children in our local communities," said John Mullen, president and CEO of Direct General Insurance. "With back-to-school shopping costs continuously increasing, we are thrilled to help make getting ready for the new school year easier for families."

Searcy church plans barefoot service

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - The congregation of a Searcy church is being encouraged to show up barefoot for Sunday services.

Watermark Church leaders are planning a "Barefoot Sunday" service to highlight the needs of the needy and to ask the congregation to donate new shoes. The shoes will be given to the faith-based nonprofit Convoy of Hope based in Springfield, Mo.

Music pastor David Bunting told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the goal is to show how many people worldwide go without shoes every day.

Church officials say a similar shoe collection a year ago brought in 200 donations and they're hoping for 400 pairs of new shoes this year.

The service is planned for 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Searcy Church to Host Barefoot Sunday

Searcy Church to Host Barefoot Sunday

Watermark Church to Collect Shoes for Families in Need

SEARCY – On July 14, those attending one Searcy church will participate in something that many may call "out of the ordinary." They will attend barefoot.

Watermark Church in Searcy is hosting "Barefoot Sunday" this weekend and encouraging those attending service on Sunday to come barefoot in an effort to help families in need around the world. 

In addition to coming barefoot, churchgoers are encouraged to bring and donate newly purchased shoes which will be transported to the organization Convoy of Hope, who will in turn distribute the shoes to needy families around the world.

"We felt this was a unique opportunity for our area," said youth pastor Craig Woodson. "Last year we were able to collect about 200 pairs of shoes, this year we are hoping to double that."

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Man suffers bullet graze wound, blunt strikes to head

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Searcy Police said they found a man with a bullet graze wound and several other injuries Wednesday.

According to Searcy Police, the officers found Jonathan Foster around 1 p.m. on Spring Street after someone called about a possible shooting. The 31-year-old male had a bullet graze wound above his ear and also had injuries consistent with strikes to the head possibly made by blunt weapons.

Foster is being treated at White County Medical Center, and detectives are trying to develop leads in the case.

If you have any information on this incident, please call the Searcy Police Department at (501) 268-3531 as soon as possible.

Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (American Red Cross) - The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

"We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now," said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. "Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Every day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need."

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

Arkansas Bridal Fair 2013

Arkansas Bridal Fair 2013

Bridal Savoir Faire hosted by A Perfect Bloom and Compassion Fashion Events & Design is scheduled to take place on September 29, 2013 at Cypress Meadows Wedding and Event Center in Howell, Arkansas -just minutes away from Brinkley - from 3:00-6:00 p.m.  This wedding industry event is set up to assist bride-to-be's in helping connect them with various services, products, and venues to make their special day the best it can be.  It will also serve as a networking event for those businesses within the wedding industry genre serving the entire state of Arkansas.