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Shark Tank couple to speak at OBU

Shark Tank couple to speak at OBU

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - One couple who presented and made a deal on television show "Shark Tank" will be speaking at Ouachita Baptist University Friday, Feb. 27.

Brett and Stephanie Parker of Fort Worth will be giving a lecture on their latest invention, the Sleeping Baby brand. Brett is an OBU 2004 graduate and is excited to bring his story back to his alma mater.

In the beginning, the couple invested their savings of $700 to launch their business of Zipadee-Zip sleep garments for baby and kids. After appearing on Shark Tank, their small-time business turned into a $1 million company. Three of the 'sharks' on the show made offers to the couple, but the Parkers made a deal with Daymond John for $200,000 and a 20 percent stake in the company. Their company has seen nothing but success ever since.

The couple will give their 45 minute lecture at the Hickingbotham School of Business on Friday starting at noon. 

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Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

Camden man with mobile youth program hopes for more

CAMDEN, Ark. (KTHV) - One man's goal of keeping children out of after-school trouble is growing and needing help. 

Eric Gunter is the administrator of the Mobile Inter-Action (M.I.A.) program. It is a large vehicle driven around Camden to pick up children after school and provide them with safe activities, counteracting the influence of drugs in the community. The M.I.A. supplies warm meals, homework assistance, social activities and educational fieldtrips.  

The M.I.A. gives the children tutoring and mentoring in hopes to shape them towards a rewarding future. 

Heavy snow falls in Arkadelphia


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) – Wednesday's weather system was very particular about where it left snow behind.

While areas north of Little Rock got through nearly unscathed, parts of south Arkansas got hammered with the most snow they've seen in years.

THV11's Phil Buck was in Caddo Valley on Wednesday evening.

While driving got a little touch-and-go in some spots, most of the people that THV11 found were just out enjoying themselves in the snow.

"It brings the kid back out in me so I'm gonna come out here and sled a little bit," said Blake Rouse, a Henderson State student.

Rouse wasn't alone on the Henderson State campus, as the biggest snowfall of the week cancelled classes yet again.

"It's awesome, yeah, we've had actually three days in a row off so it's been great," said Rouse.

Kids hit the slopes in Arkadelphia


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkadelphia was looking like a winter wonderland on Wednesday.

On the Henderson State campus, you could find dozens of kids, plus huge hills covered in snow, meaning a day of fun for kids who live near or on the campus.

THV11's Marlisa Goldsmith joined in on the sledding fun this evening. Watch the video for more!

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Have you seen this missing Arkansas man?

Have you seen this missing Arkansas man?

HOPE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hope police are asking for the public's assistance in locating 58-year-old Larry Smith.

According to police, Smith was last seen on Feb. 4 at his apartment. He has not contacted family or friends since that date, and all of his belongings are said to still be inside his home.

No other description were released.

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries. 

 

Walmart employees to get raises

Walmart employees to get raises

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Minimum wage is going up for many Walmart employees in 2015.

Half a million Walmart employees at both Walmart and Sam's Club stores are expected to make $9 dollars an hour starting in April. That is a $1.75 increase from the original federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. By February of 2016, employees should be making $10 an hour.

"I think this could potentially go a long ways to improving employee morale, which could improve customer engagement," says Brian Yarbrough, analyst with Edward Jones. Happier employees, and more welcoming stores, could also help Walmart's sales, which haven't been able to sustain significant momentum since the recession, he says.