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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.

Arkansas Agriculture Department & Farm Credit announce Arkansas Grown School Gardens of the Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Among 28 school garden contestants from across Arkansas, four have been chosen as Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year contest winners. School garden criteria included any Arkansas school, grades pre-K-12, with a working school garden during the 2014-2015 school year with photo or video documentation of garden activities. 

Winning schools from Marion, Madison, Pulaski, and Hot Spring Counties are as follows:

·         Overall School Garden Winner: Yellville-Summit Schools, Yellville

·         Best Nutrition Education Based School Garden: Kingston School, Kingston (near Jasper)

·         Best Environmental Based Education School Garden: Forest Park Elementary School, Little Rock

Silver Alert no longer issued for Malvern man

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Silver Alert has been deactivated for a man out of Malvern.

According to Arkansas State Police, the Silver Alert has been cancelled for Claud Douglas McMillan. 

No other details were released. 

Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce resigns

Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce resigns

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - Nikki Launius, Executive Director of Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce, announced that she will resign from the Chamber effective October 30.

Launius plans to travel with her husband, Richard, an engineer who works for an Italian company. She will also handle marketing of a new side venture that she and her husband are starting up.

"I have really enjoyed my 7 years at the chamber," Launius said. "I believe this position allowed me to grow professionally and help my hometown at the same time." she said.

Benton PD searching for driver behind hit-and-run near Junior High School

Benton PD searching for driver behind hit-and-run near Junior High School

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is searching for the driver that hit a 13-year-old on a skateboard Tuesday morning. 

At around 7:26 a.m., officers responded to a hit-and-run accident near the Benton Junior High School. When they arrived on the scene, police made contact with the 13-year-old victim who claimed he was skateboarding near the intersection of Border and North Street when he collided with a truck.  The victim told police that he was unable to stop as he and a truck approached the intersection. The teen reportedly hit the front driver's side of the vehicle, causing him to roll over the hood and land on the pavement. 

The vehicle is described as being a small dark colored truck with red wheel rims and a rusted, roughed up truck bed. 

The victim was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries to his knees, elbows, and head.   

Central Park Fusion Cuisine hosts HS Wine & Food Fest

Central Park Fusion Cuisine hosts HS Wine & Food Fest

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Central Park Cuisine will host the Hot Springs Wine & Food Fest Saturday.

The festival is the leading fundraiser for Project HOPE Food Bank, with a goal of raising money to fight food insecurity in the community. 

The event will be held on October 17 at Central Park Fusion Cuisine.  Doors open at 2 p.m. with gourmet hors d'oevre prepared by Chef Matt Fuller and pared with fine wines.  There will also be live music and a silent auction. 

All proceeds from the silent auction, raffle and table sponsorships will benefit the food bank.

“Our first event was a wonderful success and the proceeds fed many in our community that would have otherwise gone hungry” said Food Bank Director Ted Thompson.

Responders honored for rescue one year later

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- One year later, Elesa Cooper-Jones honors the two Malvern firefighters, who rescued her one-year-old daughter Nevaeh, and recovered the body of her 28-year-old son Jonathan Cooper.

"We just do our job. We're thankful they did this for us, but they don't owe us nothing," said Capt. Heath Loy, one of the first responders.

A bad storm hit Malvern around October of 2014. Lightning struck a tree outside Cooper-Jones' house. The tree crashed through the roof. Malvern fire captains Loy and Jonathan Farber crawled through the debris, finding Cooper's body and 1-year-old Nevaeh, unharmed.

"When we got her out, I was thinking about my little girl as well, and I didn't know whether to cry or jump for joy. It was a very emotional deal," said Loy.

On that day, October 2, 2014, recovery and rescue was not a quick process.