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Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - It has been one year since she was named the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year, and model Faith Laureles is still in shock.

“I still can't believe it,” she said about winning the recognition.

Since receiving the Model of the Year award in Baton Rouge, Laureles was also named the Little Rock Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year last summer and has embarked on a modeling career that continues to surprise her.

With an interest in the fashion industry, Laureles participated in the casting call in 2014 when her mother, Amy Laureles, was looking for a different experience for her daughter. Once announced as the Model of the Year, Laureles was able to advance her modeling career with a contract with talent agency, Oneofakind Talent Inc. The high school sophomore has strolled runways for LRFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, has been featured in photo shoots and has become the face of the second annual OBRFW and seventh annual LRFW.

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Non-native bird found in Arkansas, giving bird watchers a surprise

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With a snowy blizzard hammering the East Coast, it appears that a special bird doesn't want any part of it.

The Great Black Back Gull, native to New England, has been spotted in Arkansas on Lake Dardanelle by the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas.

According to Ornithologist Dan Scheiman, the bird was first seen Thursday, and bird watchers were able to snap a photo of it on Friday. Scheiman saw it for himself on Sunday.

While the gull is common on the east coast, it's believed it's never been seen in Arkansas before.

Crematorium debate continues in Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The struggle continues for one Russellville man as he works to build a crematorium next to an elementary school.

The state's Department of Environmental Quality plans to hold a public hearing in February, and will be taking any public comments. Oral and written comments will be accepted, but written comments are preferred.

That meeting will take place at the Russellville city hall on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.

Arkansas Tech to host MLK Jr. events

Arkansas Tech to host MLK Jr. events

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas Tech University in Russellville are taking part in the nationwide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19 through the 21. 

The university will host a series of events collectively known as "Giving Voice: Building Bridges and Breaking Barriers."

On Monday, Jan. 19 the celebration will begin with a community service at 9 a.m. at the Hindsman Tower. At 2 p.m. there will be a campus march starting in front of the Doc Bryan Student Services Center.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, there will be an open mic night in Baswell Techionery.

On Jan. 21, a gallery walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Young Ballroom. 

The university's African-American Association (AASA), Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Spectrum and Student Government association as well as the Arkansas Tech Office of Residence Life and the Arkansas Tech Division of Student Services will all be sponsoring the event.

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UCA holds annual MLK prayer breakfast

UCA holds annual MLK prayer breakfast

CONWAY, Ark (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Friday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s theme is "The Blueprint for Change: Nonviolence. Unity. Perseverance."

The guest speaker for the event will be Charles O. Stewart, chief executive officer for Stewart Real Estate Development, LLC and co-founder/chairman of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation.

“The breakfast is held each year to celebrate the spiritual legacy, moral courage and fortitude that Dr. King brought to the social justice movement of this country," said Angela Jackson, director of the Office of Diversity and Community. "It is also an event that gives us a chance to reflect on how far we have come and how much further we have to go as a society."

The event is free and open to the public.

Pope Co. officers participate in L.E.A.D.

Pope Co. officers participate in L.E.A.D.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -All over Arkansas, police are taking part in National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). 

Officers from Pope County Sheriff's Department, Russellville Police Department, Pottsville Police Department, and Dover City Marshal's Office will gather at the Hughes Center in Russellville from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This family friendly event is free admission. 


Johnson County road to be closed for railroad work

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says a state highway in west-central Arkansas will be closed because of repairs to a railroad crossing.

The AHTD says Highway 109 between Clarksville and Morrison Bluff in Johnson County will be closed Sunday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., weather permitting.

The closure is to allow Union Pacific Railroad to make repairs to the railroad crossing.

Signs will direct traffic to a detour route using Highways 64 and 23.

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