Our network

Vigil to be held Thursday evening for Malik Drummond

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) -- According to the 'Prayers for Malik Drummond' Facebook page that was created after he was reported missing, a prayer vigil will be held on Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The vigil will take place at the home that he lived in on Park Street in Searcy.

The group asks that everyone bring a candle.

Malik was reported missing in November of 2014, and now his father, Jeffrey Clifton, has been charged with his murder.

Less than 24 hours after the 43-year-old was charged with capital murder, police stated that they had possibly found Malik's remains.

Previous Stories:

Father arrested for murder of missing Searcy toddler

Searcy community reacts to arrest of Malik's father

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Malik Drummond vanished in November of 2014, and right now his dad is sitting behind bars for his murder.  Family friends told THV11 they are sickened, but not shocked at Jeffery Clifton's arrest.

Less than 24 hours after the 43-year-old was charged with capital murder, police stated that they had possibly found Malik Drummond's remains.

Over 500 people helped search for Malik Drummond in the year that he had been missing. Those people wanted to believe they would find the 2-year-old alive.

"My heart is ripped and torn apart from this,” says Malik’s stepfather, Gary Phillips.

No one wanted that more than Tanya Drummond, Malik's mother.

New developments in 2-year-old's murder

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - THV11 has been following the story for over a year, the case of 2-year-old Malik Drummond finally comes to a close.

Drummond vanished in November of last year, and now Malik's dad is sitting behind bars for his murder.

Many times closure can offer solace, but in the case of missing Searcy boy Malik Drummond, the closure that came Wednesday only brought everyone's worst fears to life

"I started crying and woke my brother up and told him Jeff killed Malik," said Nikki Slatton, family friend.

Police wouldn't say what evidence came forward, only that they had enough to arrest the boy's 43-year-old father Tuesday night, charging him with capital murder and abuse of a corpse.

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.

Officials: Harding University recovering from building fire

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Harding University officials say the school is continuing to recover from a fire that destroyed a mechanical building on the Searcy campus.

FBI offering up to $20K for information on missing Malik Drummond

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – The search for a missing Searcy toddler continues.

According to the Searcy Police Department Facebook page, the FBI is now offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of three-year-old Malik Drummond.

He is said to have wandered away from his Searcy home on Nov. 23, 2014. He was reported missing by his father and stepmother, and a Morgan Nick Amber Alert was issued. Law enforcement agencies and volunteers searched for months after his disappearance but to no avail.

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.