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Jacksonville holds Vietnam veterans ceremony

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Community leaders in Jacksonville, Ark. held a 4th Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans ceremony Saturday, April 11.

The event was an effort by Jacksonville to give Vietnam-era service men and women an appreciation many didn't get when they first returned home.

It gave the community a chance to show their gratefulness towards the sacrifices made by many veterans.

"We have veterans that are disabled and in wheelchairs. We feel like we can't say thank you enough for these men and women," said Joan Zumwalt board chair of the Military Museum.

The event has grown each year it has been held. Events this year included the showing of a documentary titled "The Last Days of Vietnam," honor ceremonies and a dinner.

Hearing set on Jacksonville school district plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing regarding the creation of a new school district in Jacksonville.

U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall has scheduled the hearing for April 17 at 10 a.m.

Voters in November approved creation of the new district and separating from the Pulaski County Special School District.

Approval for sidewalk clearing near Majestic Hotel

Approval for sidewalk clearing near Majestic Hotel

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Hot Springs received approval from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday to begin clearing the sidewalk near the "yellow brick" structure adjacent to the Majestic Hotel. 

In February of 2014, parts of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs, Ark. went up in flames. Over a year later, debris from the fire still covers the sidewalk. 

The City of Hot Springs is taking over the project after giving the property owner over a year to dispose of the rubble. The project will include construction of a fence barrier to ensure pedestrian safety. The property owner will be billed for the cost of the project. The County Judge Rick Davis has agreed to waive landfill fees for debris disposal. 

Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

Jacksonville police crack down on texting while driving

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting April 13, Jacksonville law enforcement will be raising awareness to the dangers behind texting and driving. 

The Jacksonville Police Department will be taking part in a national campaign called U Drive. U Text. U Pay. This campaign will combine harsher enforcement along with increased advertising and media outreach. 

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible. People who break our State’s texting law will be stopped and fined. If you drive and text, you will pay,” said April Kiser.  “For those who say that driving and texting is an epidemic, we believe enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure.”

All drivers are banned from sending text messages while driving (Arkansas Criminal Statue 27-51-1504).  The fine for texting and driving in Jacksonville is $175.00.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov.

Expansions expected for Sherwood

Expansions expected for Sherwood

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - According to Arkansas Business, Galley Support Innovations Inc. announced Thursday that it plans to add another 21,000-SF on to the property adjacent to its Manson Road headquarters. 

GSI expansion hopes to accommodate several new multi-million dollar contracts. The business makes interior hardware such as locks, hinges and other door parts. 

Arkansas Business reported that most of the new contracts will be for interior hardware for luxury Gulfstream aircraft. 

For more information regarding the GSI expansion in Sherwood, click here


Pulaski, Saline Co. see 12 arrests on 23 active felony bench warrants

Pulaski, Saline Co. see 12 arrests on 23 active felony bench warrants

UNDATED (KTHV) - Twelve individuals were taken into custody Monday, March 30 on 23 active felony bench warrants. 

The Saline County Sheriff's Office joined up with the Benton Police Department, Bryant Police Department and the United States Marshal's Service to conduct the arrests. According to officials, there were six teams comprised of over 30 deputies, U.S. agents and K-9 units holding the investigation.

 Following are the names, race, sex, ages and charges of the people arrested:

1.      Suzie Cox                    W/F     30 YOA          FTA for hot checks

2.      Constance Jackson    B/F      45 YOA          FTA for narcotic violations

Police give teens taste of officer's work

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Police Department gave teens an inside look into police procedures Sunday night.

Jacksonville officers aimed their procedures at young people Sunday, March 29 giving them an idea of what is going through an officer's mind when they have to follow certain steps in an investigation especially at traffic stops.

"I see where their shoes are in in the situation, and I don't blame them for anything they do. You know, I'd take precautions too. I'd do everything they would do," said program participant Trevor Brancheau.

Officers showed participants the proper procedures in both indoor and outdoor police encounters. In addition to putting the teens in the officer's shoes, it also gives teens a sense of what they need to do to make these encounters safer.