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OBU continues Tiger Serve Day after 18 years


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (OBU) - A total of 585 Ouachita Baptist University students, faculty and staff gathered April 11 for the university's 37th consecutive Tiger Serve Day, a semi-annual community service emphasis that stretches back 18 years to 1997.

The volunteers were organized into 80 teams, completing 109 projects throughout the Arkadelphia community. Tiger Serve Day assignments range from raking leaves and washing windows to small repair and painting projects.

Tiger Serve Day consistently is one of the largest community service events in the state. Saturday's event marked the 16th semester in a row that the number of volunteers topped 500, including a record 1,003 participants in the fall of 2011. Since its inception, Tiger Serve Day volunteers have completed a total of more than 70,000 community service hours.

Church hosts benefit concert for seriously injured mother

Church hosts benefit concert for seriously injured mother

SHERIDAN, Ark. (KTHV) - The Immanuel Baptist Church will host a benefit concert on April 24 for a mother who was seriously injured in an automobile accident recently. 

Ashlea Keisler Moore is a single mother raising her 11-year-old son. She is facing a minimum of six months of recovery time with limited resources. 

The Kinsmen will be performing at the benefit concert at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Sheridan. They are inviting the community to come and support Moore. Admission for the concert is free, but the church will be accepting donations. All of the proceeds will go to Moore to help with her recovery. 

For more information, contact the church office at (870) 942-4055.

 

House passes revised religious freedom bill; now headed to governor

House passes revised religious freedom bill; now headed to governor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 975 to enact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Thursday afternoon. It is now headed for Governor Asa Hutchinson's desk for signature.

On Wednesday, just hours after Gov. Hutchinson announced he wouldn't be signing HB 1228 in its current form, Republicans in the House and Senate drafted amendments to two other bills in hopes of keeping the RFRA alive in Arkansas.

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

Body of missing man found near Gurdon

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clark County Search and Rescue crews have found the body of a missing person.

Sheriff Jason Watson said the body of 24-year-old Wesley Livingston was found Tuesday sometime around 7:30 p.m. five miles from the Georgia Pacific plant in Gurdon where he worked.

Livingston was reported missing March 10. Following the issue of the missing person report, Clark County Sheriff's Office along with Ashley County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish Department, Arkadelphia Police Department, Gurdon Police Department, the Clark County Office of Emergency Services and other law enforcement agencies throughout southwest Arkansas joined efforts in the search for Livingston. 

According to police, the initial discovery of Livingston's body suggested that his death was self-inflicted.  

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Youth Leadership Initiative) - Kids from across Arkansas will convene in Little Rock to join in the fight against tobacco and other nicotine use on Wednesday, March 18th with a Silent March and Mock Funeral along Capitol Avenue, followed by a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative and other public health partners, Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Kids are sending two powerful messages on this day: They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.

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. 

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.