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Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

Beebe Early Childhood Center needs votes!

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) – A school in Beebe needs your help! They are trying to get enough votes to win a video contest from School Health.

According to the School Health Contest page, many school nurse positions are getting cut due to budgeting difficulties across the country. The ‘Every Child Needs a School Nurse’ video contest encourages students, parents, and school leaders to show the world why school nurses are so important.

My Town Hero nominee: Barbara Baker

My Town Hero nominee: Barbara Baker

MT. VERNON, Ark. (KTHV) – Lauren Cook has nominated the late Barbara Baker as her My Town Hero.

Baker, once a teacher at Mt. Vernon-Enola High School, passed in early April after losing her battle with cancer, according to Cook. She said Baker began teaching at Mt. Vernon-Enola in either the late 70s or early 80s and continued to teach through chemo treatments and all of its side effects, showing students the value of working hard and teaching material that would become useful in the real world.

“Once you got in her class and got to know her, you found out she was witty, nice, and the most caring teacher in the district,” reflected Cook. “She was beyond dedicated to her job and her students.”

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Do you know someone in your community who goes above and beyond? Maybe they’re always helping people, or greets everyone with a smile. Perhaps they’ve beat unthinkable odds or have accomplished something exceptional.

ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pul

ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pul

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The deadline to apply and accept financial aid – including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship – through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) has been extended until July 1, officials said Monday, for residents in the tornado and flood-damaged counties of Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pulaski and White, which were recently declared disaster areas by Gov. Mike Beebe.

“After touring the area last week, we began assessing what we could do to assist those affected by this terrible disaster,” said Director Shane Broadway, “and with our normal deadline of June 1 fast approaching, we wanted to be certain to allow more time for families most directly impacted.”

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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No. 3 Harding Women Beat Arkansas Tech on Senior Night

No. 3 Harding Women Beat Arkansas Tech on Senior Night

SEARCY, Ark. (Harding) - The No. 3 ranked Harding women's basketball team defeated Arkansas Tech 61-54 in Great American Conference action at the Rhodes Field House on Thursday. Harding improved to 26-1 overall and 18-1 in the GAC.

The Lady Bisons' 26 wins ties the Harding record for the most wins in a season, set in 1996-97 when the Lady Bisons went 26-4. Harding's 18 conference wins is the most by a team in the three-year history of the GAC.

The Lady Bisons won their 17th straight home game breaking the Harding school record of 16 set in 1995-96.

Harding had five 3-pointers in the game bringing its season total to 217 and breaking the school record for the most in a season. The Lady Bisons had 216 twice, first in 2006-07 and in 2007-08.