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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. 

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. 

UCA television station available through U-verse

UCA television station available through U-verse

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A station previously only available in Conway will no spread to various parts of Arkansas. 

The University of Central Arkansas' Channel 6 television station is now available on U-verse, Channel 99.

“I'm extremely excited to be able to reach a new audience through Channel 6's original programming,” said Chris Churchill, director of Channel 6 Television. “Now, thanks to AT&T U-verse, UCA students, family and fans can experience our programming from anywhere in central Arkansas.”

Channel 6 will cover from Little-Rock to Pine Bluff, including Benton, Bryant, Cammack Village, Conway, Haskell, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Maumelle, Pulaski County, Shannon Hills, Sherwood and Searcy.

​To access Channel 6's programming through U-verse, browse to U-verse Channel 99, which will display a list of available Public Education Government (PEG) channels. Click on Conway and then UCA Television.

My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community

My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Along the 12th Street corridor in Little Rock, seeds of change are being planted as neighbors work to revitalize their community.

"It creates a kind of community bond when people are able to work together, work the land together," said Tauheed Salaam with the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood.

Salaam started this community garden almost a year ago, teaming up with non-profit groups to open this Young Adult Opportunity Center. Both have been breathing new life into the community ever since.

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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