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Arkadelphia man dies after being swarmed by yellow jackets

Arkadelphia man dies after being swarmed by yellow jackets

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV)- An Arkadelphia man died after being attacked by hundreds of yellow jackets. 61-year-old Bill Lewis died after being attacked by hundreds of yellow jackets Sunday. While out in his backyard, Lewis stepped into a yellow jacket ground nest.

In a press release, Lewis' family said "Due to his limited physical condition, Lewis was unable to escape the number of wasps, resulting in the multiple stings which ultimately caused his death."The County Cooperative Extension Service says even though this time of year the yellow jacket population peaks, someone dying from stings is very uncommon. "A lot of times, people are attacked because they don't even know the yellow-jacket hive is there," said Amy Simpson, part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. "Most of the time the nests are on the ground and they're really small, so people can walk right into them."

Arkadelphia Promise numbers on the rise

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (October 7, 2014) -The percent of Arkadelphia High School graduates enrolling in college reached an all-time high since the creation of the Arkadelphia Promise.

Promise Executive Director Jason Jones recently announced that the AHS college-going rate for 2014 graduates is 75.4 percent, the highest percent since the scholarship program was announced in 2011, and the third consecutive year that this figure increased.

"Arkadelphia and the public schools have created a college-going culture where we can provide AHS's students with the best information possible in order to send them to a school where they can be successful," Jones said. "I'm glad to see that we are consistently sending a high number of our graduates to college and getting them started on the right foot, by not only providing financial assistance, but also guidance on which schools will be the best fit for them."

OBU announces new payment initiatives

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Ouachita Baptist University is aiming to make college more affordable by rolling out two new initiatives.

The first initiative is called the Loan Affordability Pledge. The university says it will help repay students' loans if graduates' salaries do not meet specified income levels.

The second initiative is called the Finish in 4 Guarantee. Students who meet certain criteria will either complete their Ouachita degrees in eight semesters or have their tuition costs waived for any additional semesters.

These new initiatives will begin for freshman beginning in fall of 2015.

Central Baptist College is rolling out a similar program.

More than 1,600 Entergy customers remain powerless

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Entergy Arkansas reports fewer than 50 customers are still without power after severe storms spawned weak tornadoes Arkansas late in the week.

Entergy reported 45 outages statewide late Sunday afternoon and said the outages are expected to be repaired by early Sunday evening.

An estimated 60,000 outages were reported following the Thursday night storms.

One man was killed when a tree was blown onto his home in Malvern.

The National Weather Service reports weak tornadoes touched down near Wampoo in Pulaski County and near England in Lonoke County where a farm shop was destroyed and another farm shop and a tractor shed were damaged.

Severe weather likely this evening

Severe weather likely this evening

A band of storms already popping in Oklahoma this morning along an approaching cold front. Ahead of that front, warm and muggy conditions with increasing clouds.

Cold front arrives by later afternoon in NW Arkansas with a pretty decent chance of rain and storms. Timing in central Arkansas will be later tonight, and cool air arriving Friday. This weekend will be the second weekend of Autumn and it will certainly feel like it.

Thursday: high 87, mostly cloudy. pm t-storms

Friday: high 75, mostly sunny.


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Happy Birthday to THV11’s Hayden Balgavy!

Happy Birthday to THV11’s Hayden Balgavy!

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Happy birthday to our very own Hayden Balgavy!

The now 24-year-old works at THV11 as our sports producer, and he has some pretty awesome parents. They brought us cake and barbecue to celebrate!


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Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases

Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (October 1, 2014) - The Hot Springs Police Department is looking for a man who by description has been linked to 4 sexual assault cases. The last known case was reported in August. In all four cases the victims have entered into the suspect's car willingly and without force.

Police are looking for a black male, 5'8-5'10, with thin build in his early to mid-20's with medium length hair. He may possibly sometimes wear eye glasses and has a tattoo of lips on the right side of his neck.

He has been known to travel in two vehicles. One vehicle is described as a late model 2000`s Subaru passenger car, possibly silver in color. The second vehicle is described as a mid 90`s dark green or blue Chevrolet Corsica or Lumina style vehicle.