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Searcy to host high school robotics competition

Searcy to host high school robotics competition

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Searcy will be participating in a worldwide kickoff of the 2016 season of FIRST® Robotics Competition.

The Searcy competition will include 17 high school teams, grades 9-12. At kickoff, teams will be shown the FIRST STRONGHOLDSM game field and challenge details for the first time, and they will receive a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions. Teams will have six weeks to design and build a robot to meet this year's engineering challenge.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high-school students, working alongside professional mentors, to construct a robot of their own and compete in the ultimate Sport for the Mind™ that measures the effectiveness of each robot and the power of teamwork and collaboration.

Wednesday's storms trap Searcy neighborhood for 5 hours


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- One woman was killed when severe weather hit Arkansas on Wednesday, others were left cleaning up the damage and treading flood waters.

The Northfield neighborhood in Searcy was inaccessible for five hours Wednesday after flood waters made the road to and from impassible.

"You know it's just something you're not used to seeing," said Kyle Davidson who lives in the area.

The water that covered the north end of Main Street didn't know how to stop.

"Well there was just a whole lot of water, it was covering from the bridge all the way to the last street coming into Northfield. It just looked like a lake out here," added Donald Castleberry, a Searcy maintenance worker who was sent to work on the flooding.

Memorials & peace walk for Malik Drummond


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - It was a day of memorials in Searcy on Saturday as friends, family and members of the community held multiple services for Malik Drummond.

Malik was the toddler that was found dead earlier in the month of December. He had been missing for over a year when his body was discovered in Jackson County. His father, Jeffery Clifton was charged with his murder after he was able to lead police to where he allegedly buried the boy.

On Saturday, friends of the family put together a "peace walk" in Malik's honor. They believe that it helps them remember what they went through a year ago and why.

Searcy community bands together at candlelight vigil for Malik


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Searcy community has been shaken this week as the gruesome details of Malik Drummond's death have been unraveled.

"He's a monster,
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said Malik
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s Stepfather.

Vigil to be held Thursday evening for Malik Drummond


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- According to the 'Prayers for Malik Drummond' Facebook page that was created after he was reported missing, a prayer vigil will be held on Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The vigil will take place at the home that he lived in on Park Street in Searcy.

The group asks that everyone bring a candle.

Malik was reported missing in November of 2014, and now his father, Jeffrey Clifton, has been charged with his murder.

Less than 24 hours after the 43-year-old was charged with capital murder, police stated that they had possibly found Malik's remains.

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Father arrested for murder of missing Searcy toddler

Searcy community reacts to arrest of Malik's father


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Malik Drummond vanished in November of 2014, and right now his dad is sitting behind bars for his murder.  Family friends told THV11 they are sickened, but not shocked at Jeffery Clifton's arrest.

Less than 24 hours after the 43-year-old was charged with capital murder, police stated that they had possibly found Malik Drummond's remains.

Over 500 people helped search for Malik Drummond in the year that he had been missing. Those people wanted to believe they would find the 2-year-old alive.

"My heart is ripped and torn apart from this,” says Malik’s stepfather, Gary Phillips.

No one wanted that more than Tanya Drummond, Malik's mother.

New developments in 2-year-old's murder


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - THV11 has been following the story for over a year, the case of 2-year-old Malik Drummond finally comes to a close.

Drummond vanished in November of last year, and now Malik's dad is sitting behind bars for his murder.

Many times closure can offer solace, but in the case of missing Searcy boy Malik Drummond, the closure that came Wednesday only brought everyone's worst fears to life

"I started crying and woke my brother up and told him Jeff killed Malik," said Nikki Slatton, family friend.

Police wouldn't say what evidence came forward, only that they had enough to arrest the boy's 43-year-old father Tuesday night, charging him with capital murder and abuse of a corpse.