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Arkansas Tech greets 1,683 seniors for Time Out for Tech

Arkansas Tech greets 1,683 seniors for Time Out for Tech

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Arkansas Tech University welcomed the largest high school senior turnout in the 16-year history of its Time Out for Tech preview event on Thursday.

There were 1,683 high school seniors on hand for the opening session at Tucker Coliseum. Including parents and families, approximately 3,200 individuals attended Time Out for Tech 2015.

The opening session was followed by academic break-out sessions, campus tours, lunch at the various dining options on campus and a photo opportunity with Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador.

Hosted by the Arkansas Tech Office of Admissions, Time Out for Tech provides high school seniors and their families with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus.

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Arkansas Tech faculty member donates $67,000 for scholarships

Arkansas Tech faculty member donates $67,000 for scholarships

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Dr. Mildred Diane Gleason, associate professor of history at Arkansas Tech University, has made a $67,000 gift to the Arkansas Tech Foundation that will allow the institution to provide scholarship assistance for qualified individuals of Mexican descent.

            The gift made by Gleason fulfills the final requirement of a $33,000 grant that Arkansas Tech received from the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock in November of 2014. The university was required to obtain a matching gift of at least $66,000 in order to receive the grant funding.

            “I believe in the mission of public universities to educate all qualified students,” said Gleason, an alumna of Arkansas Tech and member of the faculty there since 2009. “I am thrilled to assist in this effort at Arkansas Tech University.”

Police searching for suspects of Walmart theft

Police searching for suspects of Walmart theft

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Russellville police are looking for three suspects in connection with a theft of several cell phones from Walmart totalling an estimated value of $20,000. 

According to officials, the suspects are believed to be driving a blue Chevrolet Impala. 

If anybody has any information on this crime, you are asked to please call (479) 968-3232. 


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.

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.