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Shark Tank for kids in Searcy

Shark Tank for kids in Searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Hayden Balgavy and Sarah Fortner served as Shark Tank panel judges in Searcy Wednesday.

At Westside Elementary, Mrs. Blansett’s 1st graders exhibited inventions, apps and robots to try to win a panel of “shark investors.”

This project went hand-in-hand with learning about past inventors like Edison and Franklin.

Things like “Rosa the robot” who cleans your room for you, the kindness app for ways to respond to bullies, even an app for weather, that’s only for kids, were among the prototypes presented.

Judsonia students perform life in 'Natural State'

Judsonia students perform life in 'Natural State'

JUDSONIA, Ark. (KTHV) - First and second graders from Judsonia Elementary are going to perform a program all about Arkansas Thursday, May 7. 

The program will include music, dancing and famous celebrities from Arkansas. There will be two performances, one beginning at 1:30 p.m. for the students and the second at 6 p.m. for the parents. 

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the kids’ interpretation of the natural state. 

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old who ran away from his home Thursday, April 23.

Christopher Bennett left his home Thursday, and according to reports, has not been seen from his parents since. 

Bennett is described as being a white male standing at approximately 5'6" tall and weighing at around 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to still be in the central Arkansas area. 

Police stated that any person who knowingly harbors a runaway could face charges. 

Anyone with information about Bennett's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.

 

Main Street Searcy Swing Into Spring PSA

Main Street Searcy Swing Into Spring PSA

SEARCY, Ark. (Main Street Searcy Swing) - Main Street Searcy invites you to attend Swing Into Spring on April 23 to raise money for Main Street Searcy's downtown projects. 

On Thursday, April 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Robbins Sanford Grand Hall will be hosting a celebration from downtown Searcy with silent and live auctions, food and live entertainment. 

Tickets are $25 per person. All of the proceeds will go towards non- profit organization Main Street Searcy. The tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the Main Street office at 279-9007.

 

Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting April 13, Jacksonville law enforcement will be raising awareness to the dangers behind texting and driving. 

The Jacksonville Police Department will be taking part in a national campaign called U Drive. U Text. U Pay. This campaign will combine harsher enforcement along with increased advertising and media outreach. 

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible. People who break our State’s texting law will be stopped and fined. If you drive and text, you will pay,” said April Kiser.  “For those who say that driving and texting is an epidemic, we believe enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure.”

All drivers are banned from sending text messages while driving (Arkansas Criminal Statue 27-51-1504).  The fine for texting and driving in Jacksonville is $175.00.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov.

Jacksonville museum to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day

Jacksonville museum to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will host a "Welcome Home" event to remember and honor Vietnam veterans Saturday, April 11. 

On May 25, 2012, President Barack Obama declared May 28, 2012 through November 11, 2025 as the 'Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.' 

The museum will be open at no charge to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 11. There will be several exhibits on display at the event. There will also be live music and a showing of the new documentary "The Last days in Vietnam" presented by AETN.

Cabot student raising awareness for Special Olympics Ark.

Cabot student raising awareness for Special Olympics Ark.

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A junior at Cabot High School is raising awareness for Special Olympics Ark. by holding a "Spread the Word" campaign Friday, March 13.

Trea Kiser, who is an ambassador for the Special Olympics Arkansas, is holding a "Spread the Word to End the Word" to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word (retard/retarded). 

Banners for people to sign will be set up during both lunch times on March 13, times include 10:54 a.m. to 11:26 a.m. and 11:51 a.m. to 12:23 p.m.

For more information on Kiser's efforts, click here