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Juvenile escapees captured after officials failed to lock doors

Juvenile escapees captured after officials failed to lock doors

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After a lengthy investigation, officials found that deputies with the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center failed to lock the security doors, which aided in the escaped of two juveniles on Feb. 10.

According to Sheriff Mike McCormick, six employees with the Juvenile Detention Center have been suspended without pay and one shift supervisor was terminated following the incident. 

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

CAMDEN, Ark. (KTHV) - One man's goal of keeping children out of after-school trouble is growing and needing help. 

Eric Gunter is the administrator of the Mobile Inter-Action (M.I.A.) program. It is a large vehicle driven around Camden to pick up children after school and provide them with safe activities, counteracting the influence of drugs in the community. The M.I.A. supplies warm meals, homework assistance, social activities and educational fieldtrips.  

The M.I.A. gives the children tutoring and mentoring in hopes to shape them towards a rewarding future. 

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. 

Father fatally shot in Malvern, family wants answers


MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV)- A 33-year-old Malvern man was shot to death on Monday evening, and his family is searching for answers. Jason Stovall was shot in his home with children in the next room.

Stovall's mother, Retha Stovall, is still in shock. "Who ever did this needs to be brought to stand for it."

According to Malvern police, Stovall was shot to death in his own home. His girlfriend was also shot, but not critically wounded.

"Somebody went in over there and shot Jason, killed him instantly," said Retha. "And then they went over and shot [her] in the face."

His girlfriend's children were in the room next door. "They didn't come out of the bedroom and when they finally thought it was okay, they came out of the bedroom, and the oldest little girl who's seven called 911 and reported what had happened."

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.

ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

ASMSA director participates in Cooke Foundation summit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (ASMSA) - Corey Alderdice, director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, joined school leaders and experts from across the country last week at a summit focusing on the disparity in academic performance between lower-income and higher-income students at advanced levels.

“Closing the Excellence Gap: Advocating for High-Achieving, Low-Income Students” was a two-day summit hosted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on Feb. 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The Cooke Foundation in a nonprofit organization that offers the largest scholarships in the country to high-performing students who have financial need.