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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. 

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

Benton police searching for registered sex offender

Benton police searching for registered sex offender

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Police are asking for help in finding a registered sex offender for registration violations and theft charges.

Bobby Poe, 45, has an active warrant for Failure to Comply with Registration and Reporting Requirements and Theft of Property, according to officials. 

Poe was residing in a motor home at the I-30 Travel Park, when he left the area without reporting a change in address. It is believed, Poe stole the motorhome and is currently residing in Texas. The stolen motorhome was located by the Dallas Police Department. 

This is an on-going investigation. 

Anyone with information about this crime or Poe’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.  

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications next week

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (February 18, 2015) - Central Arkansas Development Council will begin accepting applications for the Crisis Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days to begin February 23, 2015. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

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.