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Arkansas Federal Credit Union opens new location

Arkansas Federal Credit Union opens new location

Officials with Arkansas Federal Credit Union opened their new location at 1000 South Main with a Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening on December 8, 2010.

The facility replaces their Beebe Capps location.  The new location is full service and including an ATM and three drive through lanes.  Kim Fowler, Branch Manager, said “This will allow us a better opportunity to serve our members in Searcy and its surrounding communities.”  You can also reach them by calling (501) 268-4762.

Searcy Police names Officer of the Year

Searcy Police names Officer of the Year

The Searcy Police Department held its annual holiday lunch and awards ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Lightle Center. Officer Allen Hoofman was chosen as the 2010 Officer of the Year.

Hoofman joined the Searcy Police Department in November of 2008. Hoofman is a Riverview High School graduate. He has earned Officer of the Month honors three times at the department. Hoofman has participated in numerous training classes and is part of the Searcy Police Department’s Bike Patrol. His favorite part about working as a police officer is the positive interaction with the community.

Sgt. Steve Hacker earned the Top Gun title for the third consecutive year. The Top Gun award is given to the officer with the highest score in the year’s firearms qualification shoots.

Lt. Roger Pearson and Sgt. Mike Jones received pins for 20 years of service.

November Officer of the Month for Searcy Police Dept.

November Officer of the Month for Searcy Police Dept.

The Searcy Police Department announced Todd Wells as the Officer of the Month for November.

Officer Wells has earned this honor three times in the past. Todd Wells has been an officer with the Searcy Police Department since July 2007. Officer Wells was chosen as the 2009 Officer of the Year for the Searcy Police Department. Officer Wells recently finished Firearms Instructor Training at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden, Ark. He joins five other Searcy Police Officers as a firearms instructor. He has also been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run that raises money and awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas.

Searcy’s Chief of Police, Kyle Osborne said, “Time after time, Officer Wells proves his place in this department through hard work and commitment. He deserves this honor.”

(Source: Searcy Police Dept.)

Federal stimulus gives Arkansas teachers bonuses

Every year, e-Stem Charter School gives its teachers bonuses and federal stimulus money will allow that trend to continue. English teacher Jenny Choate says teachers deserve a pat on the back.

"It's icing on the cake. It's a nice bonus, but I love to teach anyways," says Choate.

The federal jobs bill gives Arkansas schools $193 per student, but at e-Stem, CEO John Bacon says a private foundation has been funding the average $7500 bonuses, which are based on performance.

"As that phased out, we would take on a portion through our budget, so that after 3 or 4 years, we would be fully funding it through our school budget," says Bacon.

Executive Director Rob McGill of Academics Plus Charter School also hopes to use the extra cash for bonuses.

"We want to be competitive with other districts that are in Pulaski County," says Rob McGill.

More than a quarter of Arkansas children live in poverty

The U.S. child poverty rate in 2009 was 19.7 percent. The federal definition of poverty in 2009 was a family of four earning less than $22,050 a year.

The Arkansas child poverty rate jumped to 26.9 percent in 2009, up 2.3 percentage points from 24.6 percent in 2008, according to figures released by the Census Bureau.

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Daily Incident Report Log for Searcy Police Department Dec. 13

Daily Incident Report Log for Searcy Police Department Dec. 13

In 12/13/10 at 9:36 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of breaking or entering of a vehicle and theft at Overlook Street.

On 12/13/10 at 10:30 a.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of criminal mischief at the 100 block of Cloverdale.

On 12/13/10 at 10:31 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 3800 block of E. Race regarding theft of property. A motor home door was stolen.

On 12/13/10 at 12:40 p.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of theft of property at the 3100 block of E. Race. Money was stolen from a purse.

On 12/13/10 at 2:14 p.m., the Searcy Police Department took a report of theft of property at the 800 block of E. Moore.

Santa Paws is coming to town

Santa Paws is coming to town

Will your pet get a treat or a lump of coal for Christmas? Let them make their case to Santa Paws when he comes to town from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18 at Ideal Office Machines, 110 Main Street in Downtown Searcy. Santa Paws is brought to pet owners by members of the Searcy High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). 

Santa Paws, also known as Saint Zach Langley, will be making his seventh visit to White County pets.

“Everyone needs to bring out their animals. FBLA has been doing this for a long time and I want this to be the best year yet since I will be Santa Paws,” said Langley, who also serves as the Searcy FBLA Chapter president.

“I am looking forward to meeting everyone’s pets. I had hoped to be asked to be Santa Paws. It is something that my friends have done in past years. They had a great time while helping worthwhile organizations.