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Friends, family remember fallen marine

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Nearly a month after four members of the military were shot and killed outside a recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tenn., the city of Russellville pays their respects.

One of the four killed, a hometown hero, was Staff Sergeat David Wyatt.

Over a thousand people attended the candlelight vigil held in Staff Sgt. Wyatt's honor, including his family, any military members from across the state, congressmen and his graduating class of 1998.

Those 1998 alumni were the organizers of the service, wanting a night to honor their classmate from the place they first met him.

"Ever since we graduated, if one thing happened to one of us, it happened to all of us. To support each other through good times and bad times. We're extended family," said Brian Duesterbeck, a friend of Staff Sgt. Wyatt, who also organized the vigil.

Arkansas Tech University leads state in STEM student recruitment

Arkansas Tech University leads state in STEM student recruitment

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (July 31, 2015) -- Data released by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education on Friday, July 31, indicates that Arkansas Tech University is the statewide leader in attracting incoming students who wish to major in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The ADHE data shows that over the past five years, 1,541 first-time entering students at Arkansas Tech chose to major in one of the STEM fields.

That figure represents 20.3 percent of all STEM students in the State of Arkansas since 2010, and it ranks Arkansas Tech ahead of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (1,239 students), Arkansas State University (1,213 students), the University of Central Arkansas (1,055 students) and the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (660 students) over the past five years.

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

JCPenny deals for tax-free weekend

UNDATED, Ark. (KTHV) - One option to take advantage of for some back-to-school shopping and during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year could be your local JCPenney store . From denim and school uniforms to dorm gear and backpacks, JCPenney is a one-stop shopping destination for all their back-to-school needs. For a limited time, kids will receive $10 haircuts at jcp salons [Valid July 15 – Aug. 31, while appointments last] and $29.99 eyeglasses at all JCPenney optical stores [Valid July 5 – Sept. 15]. 


July 17 - 18 – Tax holiday

*Extended store hours*


Local JCPenney stores. (Go to jcpenney.com and click on “find a store” for nearest location.)

Arkansas Tech student drowns in Pope Co.

Arkansas Tech student drowns in Pope Co.

POPE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A 21-year-old Arkansas Tech University student reportedly drowned in the Long Pool Recreational Area on Sunday.

The Pope County Sheriff's Office responded to a call around 3:38 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 of a possible drowning in the Long Pool Recreational Area. When deputies arrived at the scene, the victim, Zemaric Holt, was out of the water and was being prepared for transfer to St. Mary's Hospital. He was later pronounced dead by the Pope County Coroner, Danny White.

Arkansas Tech University presents Walton Leader Scholars

Arkansas Tech University presents Walton Leader Scholars

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Arkansas Tech University has selected 18 Walton Leader Scholars for the third cohort of its LEAD 21 program.

LEAD 21 is an initiative by the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning that makes the Arkansas Tech Master of Education degree in educational leadership available to selected teachers in northwest Arkansas, Pulaski County, the Delta region and districts throughout Arkansas that have priority schools or schools in need of improvement. 

Courses are delivered through a blended format of online course offerings and seminars.

LEAD 21 is made possible through a $974,157 grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The program began in summer 2013.
The third class of Walton Leader Scholars (listed with the educational entity at which they serve) includes:

Holmes to return home for Little Rock Fashion Week

Holmes to return home for Little Rock Fashion Week

By: Marleachia McJunkins

Little Rock, Ark. – Since 2009 Brandon D. Campbell has been producing Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW), and this year will be unlike any other experience.

July 13-July 18 will be a week filled with memorable fashion moments. On July 18, LRFW will hold its BIG Night exclusive fashion event on the fourth block of Main Street in downtown Little Rock. It will mark the return of Little Rock’s very own TV news personality Keristen Holmes as the show host.

“I couldn’t be more excited to go back home to host LRFW Big Night”, says Holmes. Holmes, a local southern news anchor, is how one would describe her, “I’m just a girl from Pike who made it.”

Holmes is a North Little Rock native. Holmes states, “As a high school student, I was involved in every activity from cheerleading to competitive speech.” At North Little Rock High she was her own renaissance woman in the making.

CADC accepting applications for summer LIHEAP program

BENTON, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council is currently accepting applications for the summer regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days that begin July 6, 2015.