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Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Believe it or not, Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some, it will the first of many. That means new tips and gadgets.

Ginger Daril with Verizon stopped by THV11 This Morning to share some high tech ways to help moms take care of their little ones.

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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

 

Jacksonville museum to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day

Jacksonville museum to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will host a "Welcome Home" event to remember and honor Vietnam veterans Saturday, April 11. 

On May 25, 2012, President Barack Obama declared May 28, 2012 through November 11, 2025 as the 'Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.' 

The museum will be open at no charge to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 11. There will be several exhibits on display at the event. There will also be live music and a showing of the new documentary "The Last days in Vietnam" presented by AETN.

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.