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Searcy to host high school robotics competition

Searcy to host high school robotics competition

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Searcy will be participating in a worldwide kickoff of the 2016 season of FIRST® Robotics Competition.

The Searcy competition will include 17 high school teams, grades 9-12. At kickoff, teams will be shown the FIRST STRONGHOLDSM game field and challenge details for the first time, and they will receive a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions. Teams will have six weeks to design and build a robot to meet this year's engineering challenge.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high-school students, working alongside professional mentors, to construct a robot of their own and compete in the ultimate Sport for the Mind™ that measures the effectiveness of each robot and the power of teamwork and collaboration.

ASU-Searcy: Workforce grant received for multi-skills technology program

ASU-Searcy:  Workforce grant received for multi-skills technology program

BEEBE, Ark. – Arkansas State University-Searcy, a technical campus of ASU-Beebe, has received a $345,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to be used for the Multi-Skills Technology program at the ASU-Searcy and ASU-Heber Springs campuses, in addition to classes held at Lonoke High School Carver campus.

This program, which is being funded through a grant recently awarded to ADWS by the U.S. Department of Labor, will target dislocated workers and long-term unemployed individuals, including eligible underserved and minority populations.

Grant money is available to assist the unemployed in gaining skills and knowledge needed for careers in the manufacturing, agriculture, business maintenance and service industry. The program is designed to prepare students for the careers requiring general technical skills. Tuition will be paid in full for some unemployed, qualified applicants.

Searcy's annual 'Winter Art Show and Sale'

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -    The Creative Arts Society will be having their annual "Winter Art Show and Sale" at the Searcy Armory located at 3105 S. Main St. on November 14.

The event is bringing in artists from all over Arkansas and surrounding states offering works of paintings in a variety of different mediums , ceramics, wood turnings, stained glass and other forms of fine art.

The Diagnostic Learning Center of Searcy will be raising funds by selling food and refreshments. There will be live entertainment and door prizes every hour. There will be art from surrounding public schools with an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m., where ribbons and cash prizes will be presented to the winners. There will also be a painting donated to the White County Cancer Center in remembrance of Rosalinde Gilpin at this time. 

Wes Moore continues Harding University distinguished lecture series

Wes Moore continues Harding University distinguished lecture series

SEARCY, Ark. — Approximately 700 people attended the second presentation of Harding University’s American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Nov. 3 with author Wes Moore. The message of his presentation, titled “Potential of Education for Transformational Impact,” encouraged students to use their skills, knowledge and passions to make a difference in the world.

“’What is your major?’ is not the most important question you will ever be asked. ‘Who did you fight for?’ is,” Moore said. “Higher education is defined by your ability to take the things that you have learned to make it matter to someone else besides yourself that you were even there.”

A decorated Army combat veteran, youth advocate and CEO of BridgeEdU, Moore shared moving stories about his friends and family making a difference in the world, and he revealed some insight into one of his New York Times best-selling books — “The Other Wes Moore.”

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

White County Reality Check Outdoor Expo

White County Reality Check Outdoor Expo

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Big C Entertainment will present the 2015 Reality Check White County Outdoor Expo on October 24 and 25 in an effort to raise money for a child in need. 

A child was diagnosed with cancer behind both eyes just 15 days after birth. Now, individuals in the White County community are coming together to raise money for her treatment. 

The Reality Check White County Outdoor Expo will be featuring various reality T.V. show actors for meet and greets with the public. Justin, Liz, Glenn and Jessica from Swamp People will be at the expo on Saturday, October 24 from noon until 4 p.m. The public can also get a chance to meet Hunter and Kelsie from Party Down South 2 on Sunday, October 25 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Other than the meet and greets, there will also be various vendors and food trucks set up as well as fun activities for the whole family. Tickets are $5 per adult each day. Kids ages 5 and under get in free. 

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has officially launched the search for the Class of 2018.
Students apply to ASMSA through a competitive admissions process that evaluates high school coursework, ACT/SAT scores, responses to essay questions, letters of recommendation and other accomplishments.  Finalist candidates are invited to attend Interview Weekends in April.  The process is similar to application at selective colleges and universities.
Students must submit their completed online application, test scores, and letters of recommendation no later than March 1, 2016.