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Wood named to lead Jacksonville District

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - As a sign of moving forward for the Jacksonville School District, a new superintendent has been announced.

Tony Wood, the most recent head of the Arkansas Department of Education, will be formally introduced as the superintendent of the Jacksonville School District at a board meeting next month.

A sideways step came in federal court Friday, when a federal judge said he wants more information before signing off on the plan to separate the district from Pulaski County Special School District.

The case is complicated, because Jacksonville wants a share of the desegregation money that goes to the PCSSD. Another hearing is set for May 19.

Jacksonville can't officially become its own district until 2016.

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Requiring police to wear body cameras: The debate continues

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – In light of the recent North Charleston police shooting captured on a cell phone camera, the debate over requiring police officers to wear body cameras is heating up yet again.

"I think we need to do something financially to make this happen as soon as we can," said concerned Little Rock resident Ken Milton. "We wouldn't have the emotional issues that we have if we had proof of what's going on or what's not going on."

Little Rock PD, North Little Rock PD, and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office are still trying to find funding to purchase the cameras for all of their officers. The cameras range from a couple hundred dollars to $1,000 a piece.

Jacksonville schools wants to be party in desegregation case

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge says he needs more information before deciding whether the new Jacksonville School District can be a party to a decades-old desegregation case involving the Pulaski County Special School District.

Lawyers for the Pulaski county district have asked U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. to approve a plan to detach the Jacksonville district from PCSSD. Jacksonville voters in November approved creating the new district, which will be carved out of about 24 percent of the existing Pulaski district.

Attorneys for the Jacksonville district told Marshall on Friday the district wants to join the case because the court could have final say in several aspects of the district's organization if those aspects are found to be related to the desegregation case.

Another hearing is scheduled for May 19.

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Believe it or not, Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some, it will the first of many. That means new tips and gadgets.

Ginger Daril with Verizon stopped by THV11 This Morning to share some high tech ways to help moms take care of their little ones.

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Jacksonville family seeks justice in hit-and-run

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - "I remember seeing like headlights and then I saw my niece kind of flip out of the stroller," Shamarion Delcher explained. Her mother, Yolanda Williams said, "All of the people came out of their houses because of Shamarion screaming." "[She was] saying somebody help me," neighbor, Emmer Hale added.

Both 16-year-old Shamarion Delcher and her one-year-old niece Ka'moni Scales were hit by a car Sunday night. The driver of that car, however, did not stick around. Williams said, "If you hit a child and don't stop, you are a full-fledged killer."

Jacksonville holds Vietnam veterans ceremony

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Community leaders in Jacksonville, Ark. held a 4th Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans ceremony Saturday, April 11.

The event was an effort by Jacksonville to give Vietnam-era service men and women an appreciation many didn't get when they first returned home.

It gave the community a chance to show their gratefulness towards the sacrifices made by many veterans.

"We have veterans that are disabled and in wheelchairs. We feel like we can't say thank you enough for these men and women," said Joan Zumwalt board chair of the Military Museum.

The event has grown each year it has been held. Events this year included the showing of a documentary titled "The Last Days of Vietnam," honor ceremonies and a dinner.

Hearing set on Jacksonville school district plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing regarding the creation of a new school district in Jacksonville.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall has scheduled the hearing for April 17 at 10 a.m.

Voters in November approved creation of the new district and separating from the Pulaski County Special School District.