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Revive the Rialto campaign underway

Revive the Rialto campaign underway

SEARCY, Ark. (Revive the Rialto) - The Rialto Theater in historic downtown Searcy is soon to receive needed repairs to the front of the iconic movie theater.

Level 3 sex offender arrested

Level 3 sex offender arrested

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - A level 3 sex offender was taken into custody Tuesday, after failing to tell officials his change of address. 

Robert Long, 47, moved from the city of Searcy to the city of Kensett as well as changed his phone number and vehicle without informing a detective. After further questioning, Long was transported to the White County Law Enforcement Center.

He was given a $20,000 bond for the charge of Failure to Comply with Registration and Reporting Requirements of the Sex Offender Act of 1997. 

 

'Big Hero 6' playing at Searcy's free movie night


SEARCY, Ark. (City of Searcy) - Southern Bank and Main Street Searcy invite you to see Disney's animated hit "Big Hero 6" in Spring Park at dusk (approximately 9:00 p.m.) on Saturday, May 30.

Free admission into Spring Park begins at 7:00 p.m. and "Big Hero 6" will begin around 8:30 or 9:00. This is a free movie night provided by Southern Bank with the cooperation of the Main Street Searcy program.

Each movie-goer will receive one free bag of popcorn and a drink. Tickets for free popcorn and a drink can be picked up at Southern Bank, located at 2208 E. Race Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets will also be available at Spring Park the night of the movie.

Candy, glow necklaces and glow bracelets will be available for purchase during the movie. All proceeds will benefit Main Street Searcy's downtown revitalization efforts.

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. 

Searcy comes together to revive Rialto Theater


SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - In Searcy, there's a project underway to restore one of its historic landmarks, The Rialto Theater.

The movie theater was built in the 1920's and still stands as one of the area's most well-known movie theaters. It still shows select movies for a dollar on Tuesdays and pays homage to the 1950's., but as with any building it's had its fair share of wear, and a local group of Searcians is trying to raise money to renovate it.

"A lot of people like nostalgia and that's what the Rialto is to me," said local Nancy Showalter, who has lived in Searcy her whole life and now owns Stott's Pharmacy in downtown.

"It's the cornerstone. We have the courthouse and I would really say the next building would be the Rialto," added James Carson who was also born and raised in the town of 22,000.

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.