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Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Pulaski Technical College Foundation will participate in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1, a day that focuses on holiday giving rather than holiday spending.

At PTC, more than 60 percent of students rely on financial aid through scholarships, grants and loans, while 90 percent work full- or part-time. With a somewhat small allocation from the state, tuition and fees must generate almost half of Pulaski Tech’s operating costs, whereas most colleges’ student fees account for a mere 20 percent of their budgets.

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Four women arrested in Jacksonville prostitution sting

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Four women were arrested and one was cited during a prostitution sting in Jacksonville.

According to police reports, the targets of "Operation Backpage" were prostitutes who advertised with the website Backpage.com. They used hotel rooms and private residences in Jacksonville to conduct their business.

Lois Chavez, 25, Krystal Gilbert, 31, and Tonya Ballou, 38, were arrested for one count of prostitution and one count of operating a business without a license. They all reportedly traveled from out of town and met with undercover officers.

Kayla Edmond, 23, was arrested for one count of prostitution. Edmond was staying in a local hotel and arranged a meeting with an undercover officer.

K-9 Trixie retires from Jacksonville PD

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - After seven years on the force, K-9 officer Trixie retired from the Jacksonville Police Department on Friday.

Officer Johnny Hicks and K-9 Trixie have been working as a team with the Jacksonville Police Department since 2012. Officer Hicks has been with the department since 2010. He is a field training officer and the kennel master. Trixie is an 11-year-old femal German Shepherd. She has been with the department for seven years.

The department held a ceremony for Trixie's retirement on Friday, November 20.

Fun facts about Trixie:

She loves to play frisbee and swim. On her off days, she would sleep on Officer Hicks' couch with his son.

Authorities searching for missing Jacksonville teen

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing Jacksonville teenager.

Dontarius Taylor, 17, was last seen on October 25 at his home on Old Tom Box Road around 10 p.m.

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and red and black shoes. He is described as 5'8," and 140 pounds.

According to family members, Taylor is known to frequent Searcy, Little Rock and Jacksonville.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

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Jacksonville finalizes high school location

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- After nearly six months of discussion, the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School Board unanimously voted Monday to build its new high school at the sight of its old middle school.

It's been more than 30 years since the area has gotten a new school, this time it will be the flagship for its new district.

Almost a year ago, the Arkansas Board of Education approved the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District.

With its newest high school set in direct view of Highway 67, the city hopes it does more than just help its students.

"I think it gives us a brand new start," said district teacher Rick Kron about the city's decision.

"The decision that we make today is going to be a decision we make for our kids, our grandkids," added member LaConda Watson.

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.

Jacksonville PD breaking policy for cancer awareness

Jacksonville PD breaking policy for cancer awareness

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Police Department is bending some of the rules in November to raise awareness for cancer. 

Some of the officers with the department will be taking part in "No Shave November." For the entire month of November, Chief Boyd is allowing participating Jacksonville officers to let their facial hair grow. 

Those involved will also be donating $20 towards the Susan G. Komen organization, all of it on behalf of their fellow officer and survivor School Resource Officer Jennifer Corben.