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Police search landfill regarding missing Searcy toddler


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV)- New details were released Thursday on search efforts for two-year-old Malik Drummond's who disappeared from his father's home in Searcy three months ago.

Searcy police say more than 200 people have called in tips and leads since the toddler was last seen in November. Most of them have been sightings, many from out of the state, and some from out of the country.

Corporal Steve Hernandez explained, they've responded to all of them, but still no answers. "Continuously every day, we have detectives that are looking into this case," said Corporal Hernandez.

They haven't ruled anybody out as possibly being a suspect.

They have received five leads this month. The most promising lead was called in last month, a sighting in Texas was reported.

Event to honor Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

Event to honor Iraq/Afghanistan veterans

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - An event created to honor veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan will be held March 14 at the Veterans Outreach Center off 1308 East Race St. in Searcy.

"Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Day of Recognition" is being sponsored by the non-profit organization, Veterans Outreach Center.

For more information regarding the event, please call Bill Morton at (501) 230-9385.

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries. 

 

Beverly Buys artwork on display at ASU

Beverly Buys artwork on display at ASU

BEEBE, Ark. (ASU-Beebe) - The Arkansas State University-Beebe Art Department will be displaying “Delta in Blue” artwork by Beverly Buys until Friday, March 6 at the England Center Art Gallery.  She will also present a gallery lecture on Thursday, Feb. 26 at noon. 

Artist Beverly Buys technical approach to the photographs in “Delta in Blue” is unique and used as a way to support the dreamlike feeling of a memory and a historic narrative of the disappearing way of life in the Arkansas Delta. The work speaks to the endangered art of traditional photographic processes as well.

“The Arkansas Delta is a place I have been driving through my whole life but it took many years for it to become my destination,” said Buys. “I had to become interested in its history before I could begin to appreciate its beauty.”

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Searcy non-profit helps Vietnam vet get VA benefits


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A veteran who was denied care for conditions lingering after fighting the Vietnam War is finally getting the help he needs thanks to a Searcy non-profit organization credited with helping him cut through the red tape.

"The VA is not accessible, it's just not accessible," said Paul Bunn of Veterans Outreach Ministries. "We gather all the needed documents, we analyze everything and we find out what is legally theirs and we make sure that our veterans get it."

A U.S. combat veteran himself, helping other veterans through the complicated VA claims process has become a personal mission for Bunn. Like 72-year-old Vietnam veteran Walter Fleming, whose claim was originally denied by the VA because they said he never served in Vietnam.

ASU-Beebe: John Deere Agriculture Technology scholarships awarded

ASU-Beebe: John Deere Agriculture Technology scholarships awarded

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - John Deere Company awarded several students from all over the U.S. a scholarship to attend Arkansas State University in Beebe, Ark. 

The recipients of the John Deere Agriculture Technology scholarships include Hunter Nash of Mo., who was awarded the $1,000 Outstanding John Deere Ag-Tech scholarship, Jared Conder of Griffithville, Brandon Keck and Anthony Key of Austin, Austin Stephens of Brookland and Patrick Owen of Pine Bluff, which were all awarded the $500 John Deere Ag-Tech scholarship.

The ASU-Beebe John Deere Ag-Tech program was recently awarded the distinction of a five-year accreditation. Students learn to repair agricultural equipment with courses in various components of the machinery, such as diesel engines, electrical systems, power trains, and hydraulics.