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Internationally renowned sculptor to lecture at UCA

Internationally renowned sculptor to lecture at UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (September 8, 2014) — The University of Central Arkansas will host internationally renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty for a lecture Thursday, Sept. 18 at 1:40 p.m. in McCastlain Hall 143.

Dougherty, who is in the process of installing one of his large-scale architectural sculptures formed from natural materials on UCA's campus, is appearing as an Artist in Residence.

Dougherty designs his sculptures by weaving natural materials such as twigs, sticks and saplings. He relies on the help of community volunteers to assist him with the gathering of these natural materials found among the environment as well as with the construction of the sculpture.

Volunteers can sign up here, and no sculpture experience is required.

Deputy tased during suspect arrest

Deputy tased during suspect arrest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A deputy was injured during the attempted arrest of an assault suspect in Pulaski County.

According to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Marcus Venson had repeatedly harassed someone, and then allegedly drove by the victim's home and pointed a gun at them.

Deputies found Venson in a vehicle and attempted to pull him over, but after a short pursuit, deputies managed to spike the suspect vehicle's tires and safely end the chase.

According to Lt. Carl Minden, Venson was "drive-stunned" by a deputy with a taser. Minden said in an email, "A drive stun does not involve deployment of the taser cartridge probes and is a pain compliance tactic. Neuromuscular Incapacitation (NMI) will not result from a drive stun application."

Community building Red Devil pride

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The first assembly of the year at Pinewood Elementary is putting an emphasis on pride as the community comes together to give elementary school students something they might not be able to have.

Sitting Indian style with eyes glued to the front, Students at Pinewood Elementary School want to fill the shoes of Jacksonville High School football players and cheerleaders.

"It is an inspiration. I want to do a good job for the kids," said Lamont Gause, adding that he feeds off the kids' energy. "I like when kids look up to me. I am ready to play."

"He is going to score all our touchdowns for us," Jacksonville High School Football Coach Barry Hickingbotham announced. "This is Lamont Gause. Let's give him three claps."

Speed limit on Highway 67 in Jacksonville reduced

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says the speed limit on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville is being reduced because of construction.

The speed limit will be reduced to 55 miles per hour for 1.3 miles.

The highway department says crews will be reconstructing and widening the highway in the area. The work will include replacing bridges over Redmond Road and Main Street and resurfacing associated interchange ramps.

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Police: Coach arrested for apparently elbowing, choking student

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A teacher and coach at North Pulaski High School has been charged after allegedly assaulting a student.

According to the Jacksonville Police Department, Michael Dean, 51, of Sherwood, is charged with aggravated assault, which is a felony, after he apparently elbowed a student and choked him in the lunchroom.

The police report indicates that the teen mouthed a profanity at the coach just before the apparent attack occurred. The report then gives a narrative of two separate accounts—one where the teen thought he and the coach had a relationship in which they could openly roast each other, and another where the coach said the teen had tested waters in the past and punched toward the coach's fractured leg right before the apparent choking incident.

Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RedCross) — Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

Free community festival will bring rides, games, live entertainment, more

Free community festival will bring rides, games, live entertainment, more

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (JPRD) – The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will host the second annual FestiVille. The free community event will be held September 26-27 in Dupree Park (1Park Street, Jacksonville).

FestiVille’s second year will feature live entertainment and music, food vendors, a children’s area that includes a rock climbing wall, canine demos with the Jacksonville Police Department, a British Motoring Club of Arkansas car show, BBQ cook off, fishing derby, registered 1k and 5k and a volleyball tournament.

“We’re thrilled to announce FestiVille’s second year in Jacksonville. This year FestiVille will be bigger and better than ever,” said Dana Rozenski, recreation programs supervisor of the Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department. “The festival will feature activities and entertainment for all ages. The goal is to present our community with a festival they can look forward to attending every year with their whole family.”