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Backlog freezes storm shelter rebates


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Some Arkansans have concerns about storm shelters they've put in place. They're worried they may not see money they expected from the government.

According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), there's a backlog on their Shelter Rebate Program.

"I had heard about it through Emergency Management, and when I applied for it they said there was no funding available," said Mark Lemkelde, who had a storm shelter installed in his Searcy home in September.

He installed it himself, but the cost was still nearly $6,000.

"I think storm shelters in Arkansas is a real good investment, because you can't really put a dollar amount value on life," Lemkelde said.

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.

14-year-old arrested in Cabot bomb threats

14-year-old arrested in Cabot bomb threats

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – Police have arrested a 14-year-old from Louisiana in connection to a series of bomb threats made at Cabot Junior High South last year.

According to the Cabot Police Department, the teen was found after several subpoenas and search warrants were issued to the teen in Acadia Parish. They said a laptop, desktop, and tablet were seized from the home for evidence.

White County judge injured in zebra attack


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV/AP) -- A White County judge was reportedly attacked by a zebra Sunday night.

According to the Associated Press, Sgt. Steve Hernandez with the Searcy Police department said that police were called to Judge Mark Derrick's home after he was attacked by the animal.

He added that the zebra belonged to the victim's father.

County Clerk Misty Perkins said that the judge suffered eye and arm injuries and is currently hospitalized at UAMS.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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

Marketing board sets meeting, facility tour at searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (ADEQ) - The Arkansas State Marketing Board for Recyclables will meet March 25, 2015, at the Searcy Chamber of Commerce, 2823 S. Main, Searcy, after touring a local recycling center the day before. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m.

The board will hear reports on recycling programs operated by the City of Searcy and the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District from Searcy Mayor David Morris and the District’s Sarah Sexton, recycling program coordinator and solid waste educator, respectively.

In addition, Jimmy Swain, site director of manufacturing for the Bryce Corp. in Searcy will present a history of the company’s recycling efforts. The Bryce Corp. produces plastic packaging for the food processing industry, along with plastic sheeting.

Also, the board will tour the Searcy Sanitation and Recycling Facility, 409 W. Beebe-Capps Expressway, Searcy, beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 24, 2015.

New developments in fatal car accident involving Harding students


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - New details have been released surrounding the death of Harding student Nicholas Smith and injury of two of his fellow students.

Nicholas Smith, 21, and two of his university friends were traveling on Interstate 71 just outside Louisville, Ky. headed to Syracuse, N.Y., when their vehicle was crushed between two semi-trucks around 1:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Smith died of his injuries shortly after the crash, one passenger was airlifted to a Louisville hospital where he underwent surgery and is now in recovery, and the other passenger was treated and released.

Eleven university students were caravanning in four separate cars to the Wetzel Road Church of Christ in Syracuse on a mission trip, where Smith was expected to become a summer intern.

Family and friends, as well as Harding University administrators, traveled to Louisville to show support to the family.