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Harding's Celsor and Saunders Named Capital One Academic All-District 7

SEARCY, Ark. (Harding) - Harding University's Kristen Celsor and Arielle Saunders were both named to the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District 7 Team on Thursday. Only five student-athletes from 42 teams in District 7 made the All-District Team.

Celsor, a senior from Searcy, Ark., averages 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in her senior season. She currently ranks seventh on Harding's career scoring list with 1,371 points. Celsor is a communication sciences and disorders major with a 3.91 grade-point average.

It was Celsor's second straight Academic All-District honor. Last season, Celsor also earned Capital One Academic All-America.

Sauders is a native of Valley Springs, Ark., and is playing this season as a junior. She averages 8.5 points and 9.1 rebounds and is Harding's career blocked shots leader with 130. Saunders is a psychology major with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average. It was her first Academic All-District honor.

Fugitive 'fake school nurse' from Arkansas arrested out of state

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities arrested a woman accused of acting as a school nurse for years then fleeing from authorities.

Susan Boyce, 59, had been on the run since she missed a court appearance in August 2012 in Searcy.

Boyce allegedly worked as a nurse for the Searcy district for four years under the name of Suzanne Pitts. Searcy School District authorities learned in 2012 that she didn't have a nursing license.

She now faces several federal charges, including aggravated identity theft and misuse of a social security number.

Boyce, formerly of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas was arrested Wednesday night in Howell County, Missouri by Social Security Administration - Office of the Inspector General agents and by deputies from the Howell County Sheriff's Office.

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Red flag warning in effect until 6 on Thursday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The entire state is at a high risk for wildfires on Thursday.

A red flag warning is in effect until 6 tonight. The Arkansas Forestry Commission said dry, windy conditions are to blame.

Keep in mind, any fires that develop will spread rapidly.

Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Forestry Commission website.

Arkansas lottery panel's Pickard resigns for new post

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Ben Pickard, one of the original nine members on the Arkansas Lottery Commission, is resigning so he can take a seat on the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Pickard, of Searcy, was named to the panel in 2009 by Gov. Mike Beebe. He served as chairman for a year, spanning 2012-2013. The commission announced his resignation on Thursday.

Pickard was vice chancellor of student services at Arkansas State University-Beebe until his retirement in 2008.

He is also chairman of the Arkansas Student Loan Authority.

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Detour planned for HWY 67 in White Co.

Detour planned for HWY 67 in White Co.

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Repair work will require closing northbound traffic on U.S. Highway 67 in White County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

This repair work will be performed in a construction zone where traffic is currently reduced to one lane in both directions. The northbound closure will be located between mile markers 51 and 55. That’s between Judsonia and Bald Knob.

The closures will be Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., weather permitting.

During the repair work, all northbound traffic will be diverted off U.S. Highway 67 at Exit 51 (Judsonia) and onto State Highway 157, then to State Highway 367 through Bald Knob and will return to U.S. Highway 67 at Exit 55 (Bald Knob/Batesville).

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