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JPD reminding others about the risks of warming up cars

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The cold air is here, and that means many people will want to warm up their cars before heading out on the road.

The Jacksonville Police Department is reminding drivers that doing so does come with risks.

“Please be aware that this makes your vehicle a prime target for thieves,” the department shared in a statement on Facebook. “Jacksonville Police Department has already had report this year of vehicles being taken in this manner.”

The department suggests using an extra set of keys to lock the car, so it is secure while it’s running.

Jacksonville reveals new high school design

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Jacksonville community got its first glimpses into its new high school on Tuesday night.

More than 100 people in Jacksonville gathered to hear about the design layout and how the city hopes to fund it.

The city was granted its own school district last year, something it's been fighting towards for more than 30 years.

Public to get first look at new school plans

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Next week, the public will get a first glimpse at plans for a new high school in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District.

The district is asking voters for a 7.6 millage increase to help build a new high school, elementary school and improvements for other schools. The public will see design plans for the first time on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center.

The increase would mean $152 per year for homes valued at $100,000.

Family fights to get pit bull service dog back

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- One Jacksonville family is fighting to get its pit bull service dog, Edith, back.

Jacksonville authorities took it away in August because of laws against the breed.

"Every day is a challenge with Ahmeha," said mother Amanda Simmons of her daughter with Asperger's Syndrome. "She just wants her best friend back."

Four months ago, the city took Edith. It's left Amanda's daughter Ahmeha lost.

"I just really miss her and love her, and without her, I'm just lonely. I have nobody to talk to and nobody to hang out with," Ahmeha said.


Millage increase vote set for February 2016

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville North Pulaski School District is asking voters to support a 7.6 millage increase.

District officials told THV11 that the funds will be used for infrastructure and upgrades to the district's aging facilities. That includes a new high school, a new elementary school and multi-purpose facilities at Bayou Meto, Dupree, Pinewood and Taylor elementary schools.

A special election is set for February 9 of 2016.

Christmas with a Jacksonville officer

Christmas with a Jacksonville officer

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - On Saturday, December 19 at 7 a.m., the Jacksonville Police Department will take part in the annual “Christmas with a Police Officer” at Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 2000 John Harden.

This year the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 16 will host 15 children. These children were nominated by their schools to participate in this event, which gives each child $100 to buy gifts for themselves and their families.   

The Jacksonville Police Department believes this is another opportunity to not only give back to the community they serve, but to help build special relationships with the children involved in this program by spending quality time “shopping” with them. Officers from various ranks and divisions from the department have volunteered their time to make the difference in the lives of the children in our city. 


Presents stolen from Jacksonville cars

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - As we head further into the holiday season, local police departments are ramping up their efforts to protect shoppers from crime.

Imagine having your Christmas presents stolen before they ever make it under the tree. That's exactly what happened to a number of people in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Police Department is trying to find a local Grinch after many residents had their Christmas presents stolen from their cars.

"It's really sad to see these moms and dads that have been out shopping all day... and they got home, and they were just too tired to pull the packages out, then they wake up the next morning and they're all gone," said April Kiser with the Jacksonville Police Department.