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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. 

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Anonymous donation to help buy body cameras

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - More body cameras are coming to the Jacksonville Police Department thanks to an anonymous donation.

On Wednesday, the department received a $1,000 check from an anonymous donor. The check will help the department purchase two new body cameras which are around $500 a piece.

Training Sgt. Dustin Brown told THV11 that the force is extremely grateful.

"It's really great to see people in the community taking such an interest in the police department. And willing to donate funds to help us purchase new body cameras, we definitely need them," said Brown.

The department has 35 cameras already and has been training on them for over a year. Brown stated that their goal is to have 52 cameras.

PCSO searching for stolen 1956 Nash Metropolitan

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 1956 Nash Metropolitan, which was stolen from a resident in Jacksonville earlier this month.

At the beginning of October, deputies were called to a home located off the 13,000 block of Fortson Road in Jacksonville. The homeowner told officials that between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., someone took his 1956 red two-door Nash Metropolitan from behind his residence.

According to the victim, he was given the vehicle when he purchased the home from the previous owner. The victim also stated that the vehicle has a California license plate, dry rotted tires and severe areas of rust.

More troubles for employees at North Metro Medical Center

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hospital employees at North Metro Medical Center can now breathe a sigh of relief. For a month, more than 250 workers were without medical insurance.

The hospital has had financial problems in the past, and this year they've had three CEOs.

Employees did not have insurance cover their claims last month because the hospital failed to pay the premiums.

Denise Oxley from the Arkansas Department of Labor explained that many employees called her department concerned. "They are concerned either about their wages, or deductions have been made from their paid-for insurance that has not been paid to the insurance company....people want to know basically what their rights are."