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Jacksonville police will hold Citizens Police Academy

Jacksonville police will hold Citizens Police Academy

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Jacksonville police will be giving the community an opportunity to go behind the scenes of their department beginning April 7, 2015. 

Jacksonville police will be holding a Citizens Police Academy, sessions lasting eight weeks. Officers will be informing civilians on different aspects of law enforcement including community policing, criminal investigations, patrol duties, use of force, firearms, K-9 duties, SRT demonstration, narcotics and less lethal weapons. The courses will take place every Tuesday for eight weeks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The instructors will be officers with the Jacksonville police and will speak on their area of expertise. 

The full course is free, and attendance will be limited. You can attend the CPA if you live or work inside the city limits, are over the age of 18, pass a background investigation, have no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions for at least one year. 

Arkansas man takes plea deal in power grid attacks

Arkansas man takes plea deal in power grid attacks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty in a series of attacks on a power grid in the central part of the state.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said Tuesday that 38-year-old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville pleaded guilty to the attacks between August and October 2013. Prosecutors agreed that Woodring should receive a 15-year sentence in federal prison under the plea deal. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18.

Woodring admitted to downing a 500,000-volt power line onto a railroad track near Cabot, cutting down power poles and setting fire to an electrical station in Scott.

He was arrested in October 2013 following an explosion under power lines near his home.

First Assembly of God NLR launches project to feed Ark. hungry kids

First Assembly of God NLR launches project to feed Ark. hungry kids

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (First Assembly of God Church) - The First Assembly of God Church in North Little Rock, pastored by Reverend Rod Loy, launched a 10-week campaign to feed hungry children in xentral Arkansas on Feb. 1, 2015.

According to recent studies by child hunger experts:

·       Arkansas is the hungriest state in America.  Last year, 21.2 percent of households were at risk of hunger.

·       111,771 students in Arkansas qualify for free lunch (23.5 percent of all school children).  For many of them, the only full meal they get is at school. 

·       1 in 5 school children in Arkansas don’t have an adequate meal when they go home at night.

·       28.4 percent of children in Arkansas are food insecure – meaning consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. 

Jacksonville police host Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Jacksonville police host Prescription Drug Take Back Day

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Police Department will be hosting Prescription Drug Take Back Day in an attempt to collect expired and unused medications from those in the community. 

This event will be held Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville Police Department off 1400 Marshall Road. 

Drop-off of the medications is completely anonymous and no questions will be asked. Medications can be returned in any container. For privacy, the pills may be removed from the original pill bottle. Police are accepting unwanted prescriptions, over the counter meds and vitamins.

According to a study published in 2013 by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation, more than 40 percent of teens who have misused or abused a prescription, obtained it from their parents' medicine cabinet.

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. 

 

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.