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Funeral set for family killed in plane crash


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Funeral services are set for Tuesday, November 3 in Russellville for three of the four people who died in a small plane crash on October 29.

Robert and Wes Harris along with Julie Harris Lefevre will each be memorialized at 1st United Methodist Church. The siblings as well as the pilot Phillip Cowger died in the crash shortly after taking off from Russellville airport.

The family was on the way to Tennessee for a funeral. Services for Cowger are still being worked out.

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Three finalists named in search for VP for academic affairs

Three finalists named in search for VP for academic affairs

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (October 30, 2015) --Three finalists have been selected in the search for the next vice president for academic affairs at Arkansas Tech University.
    
The finalists are Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, professor of electrical engineering and associate vice president for research and graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Dr. James Ermatinger, dean of liberal arts and sciences at the University of Illinois at Springfield; and Dr. Russell Porter, associate provost and associate vice president for graduate studies and research at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
    
There were 48 applicants for the position.
    
The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the leadership, administration and development of academic programs at Arkansas Tech. The vice president for academic affairs will also promote continued excellence within the faculty.

Four dead in plane crash near Russellville


 

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police have confirmed that all four of the people inside the plane that crashed in Pope County on Thursday are dead. 

Police in Russellville confirmed to THV11 that the plane crash occurred around 8 a.m. Thursday near Van Horne Road on Crow Mountain.  The small aircraft was apparently taking off from the Russellville Airport when it crashed into the yard of a home off Van Horn Road.

"Yeah, they crashed through the wall and everything. It's right on the driveway. You can see where they come through the trees and hit the side of the hill but it's on fire," said Pope County Coroner Kevin Burnham. 

"It's just tragic. And my prayers, along with everybody, is with the families and are going to be with the families. We're going to stand there and be in support of them," said Sheriff Shane Jones. 

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Arkansas Tech students aid displaced Head Start center

Arkansas Tech students aid displaced Head Start center

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.--When the facility that housed the Appleton Head Start program in Pope County was lost to fire in mid-August, a group of Arkansas Tech University early childhood education students and professors saw an opportunity to make a difference in their chosen field and their chosen community.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the Arkansas Tech delegation traveled to Hector Elementary School to deliver science, outdoor recreation and art equipment as well as other supplies needed by the displaced preschoolers and their teachers.

“I think this is awesome because if we were actually teachers at the school and that happened to us, we would want and need people from the community to donate items,” said Ashley Haney, a junior at Arkansas Tech and early childhood education major from Pine Bluff. “They are going through a hard time. We were excited to buy and donate these things. No one hesitated. Everybody signed up and we were able to get all of the items on the list.”

Arkansas Tech leads state in providing social mobility for students

Arkansas Tech leads state in providing social mobility for students

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - CollegeNET has ranked Arkansas Tech University No. 1 in its state and among the top 10 percent of institutions in the United States in terms of providing its students with an opportunity to improve their economic standing.

The 2015 CollegeNET Social Mobility Index (SMI) looks at the economic background of a university’s student body and compares it to the institution’s tuition rate, graduation rate and endowment as well as the early career salary for its young alumni.

Based upon those criteria, the study found that Arkansas Tech provides the greatest opportunity for socioeconomic advancement to its students of any college or university in Arkansas.

Arkansas Tech ranks No. 90 nationally in the survey. No other university in the state made the top 250.

Arkansas Tech raises more than $30k for emergency student aid

Arkansas Tech raises more than $30k for emergency student aid

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Members of the Arkansas Tech University community joined together to provide emergency assistance funds for students during the 2015 SignATUre Weekend of Giving Oct. 8-11.

In all, more than 260 individuals donated more than $30,000 to the Arkansas Tech Foundation over the course of the event.

Of the funds raised, more than $28,000 was designated to help Arkansas Tech establish the Fight On Fund. The new fund will provide emergency assistance for students facing unforeseen changes in their life circumstance that could prevent them from reaching graduation.

The Arkansas Tech Foundation received a matching gift of $10,000 from an anonymous donor because members of the Tech family were able to raise $10,000 during the four-day event.