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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. 

 

Walmart employees to get raises

Walmart employees to get raises

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Minimum wage is going up for many Walmart employees in 2015.

Half a million Walmart employees at both Walmart and Sam's Club stores are expected to make $9 dollars an hour starting in April. That is a $1.75 increase from the original federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. By February of 2016, employees should be making $10 an hour.

"I think this could potentially go a long ways to improving employee morale, which could improve customer engagement," says Brian Yarbrough, analyst with Edward Jones. Happier employees, and more welcoming stores, could also help Walmart's sales, which haven't been able to sustain significant momentum since the recession, he says. 

Malvern shooting leaves 1 man dead, 1 woman injured

Malvern shooting leaves 1 man dead, 1 woman injured

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) – Malvern police are investigating a shooting that reportedly left one man dead and a woman injured.

J.D. Bailey with the Malvern Police Department said in a press release that officers responded to a home on Locust Street on Monday evening in reference to a 911 call about shots being fired.

When they arrived, officers are said to have found a man, Jason Stovall, dead and a woman who had been shot. According to Bailey, the woman's injury is critical but non-life threatening.

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. 

CADC Bryant Senior Activity Center to host Valentine's Dance

CADC Bryant Senior Activity Center to host Valentine's Dance

BRYANT, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council Bryant Senior Wellness and Activity Center will host a Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, Feb.14. 

The center is located at 6401 Boone Road in Bryant. 

Admission is $5 per person and will include a potluck starting at 6 p.m. and a dance from 7 p.m. to 9:30 pm. The Blue Velvet Band will also perform.

The Bryant Senior Wellness and Activity Center gives older adults support and encouragement to reach new levels of independence, fostering educational and emotional wellness for persons 60 and older. Activities include exercise, social interaction, nutrition, transportation services, recreational events, book clubs, computer training, and more.

Benton PD looking for teen missing for a month

Benton PD looking for teen missing for a month

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – The Benton Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a runaway teen.

Officers said they are looking for 16-year-old Angel Galvez, who ran away from home on January 12 and hasn't been seen since, though he has made sporadic contact through texts and social media over the past few weeks. His last contact was February 1.

Funeral set for Malvern storm victim

Funeral set for Malvern storm victim


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The public is invited to attend a candlelight memorial for the man who died protecting his daughter during last week's storms.

Jonathan Cooper, 28, died Oct. 2 when a tree fell on his home during severe weather. Authorities say he was protecting his 15-month-old daughter when the tree fell.

His family tells THV 11 a candlelight memorial will be at 6:45 p.m. where the tree fell at the corner of Overman and Moore Streets in Malvern.

The funeral will be Sat. Oct. 11 at Bethel Church.