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Police officer arrested for Internet stalking children

Police officer arrested for Internet stalking children

A former Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Thursday in a child Internet stalking sting arranged by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

According to Chief Deputy Matt Rice, Josh George, 30, of Guy, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Kroger parking lot at Salem Road in Conway, where he thought he was to meet with a woman and her children for the purpose of having sex with her and her two female minor children, ages 9 and 12.

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‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) – For my second THV 11 in My Town feature, I headed out to Arkadelphia for a day and found quite a few great things to highlight.


First, I stopped by the Arkadelphia Alliance (Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce if you’re not into that whole brevity thing). There, executive vice president Shelley Loe talked to me about some of the great features in Arkadelphia and what the city had to offer.

If you’re into numbers, the city is home to around 10,714 citizens with 3,736 households as of the 2010 census. (See demographics info: http://on.kthv.com/1hwqnsh) It also offers two accredited 4-year institutions – Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, and the area is home to three school districts—Arkadelphia, Gurdon, and Centerpoint.

2 killed, 1 hurt in Faulkner County collision

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say two people were hurt and another was injured in a head-on collision in Faulkner County.

Arkansas State Police say the wreck happened Wednesday night on Arkansas 365. According to a preliminary report, 65-year-old Mary Lasker of Conway was passing another vehicle on the highway when her car was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

A passenger in Lasker's car, 62-year-old Joe Lasker of Conway, was killed in the wreck, along with the driver of the oncoming vehicle, 35-year-old Daniel Southard of Conway.

Mary Lasker was injured in the collision and was taken to a Little Rock hospital.

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Ex-Sen. Gilbert Baker returns to UCA teaching job

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has returned to the University of Central Arkansas campus as a faculty member in the Department of Music.

The move comes less than a week after Baker resigned his position as executive assistant to UCA President Tom Courtway. Baker tells the Log Cabin Democrat that he resigned because he did not want to be "a distraction" to the university.

UCA says Baker is a nine-month faculty member at the rank of assistant professor. Courtway says Baker still has tenure at the university.

Baker resigned his administrative position after an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article detailed his connections to officers of political action committees tied to Circuit Judge Mike Maggio, who is currently under investigation by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Law change creates possible public auction deals

Law change creates possible public auction deals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There's a boost coming to public auctions pushing to get tax money back from delinquent properties.

The state's biggest public sale arrives Tuesday at Verizon Arena.

A recent change in the law starts bidding at how much is owed in taxes, not assessed value.

Commissioner of State Lands, John Thurston, said that it's changing the crowd at the sale.

"And it's bringing more folks out. People that may not have had as deep a pocket can actually come out and be involved in the bidding," said Thurston.

Bidding can begin possibly thousands of dollars lower, but be aware, even if you pay a small amount at the auction, there are still several possibly steep expenses that come with tax delinquent property.


No extended hours at post offices on tax night

No extended hours at post offices on tax night

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (USPS) – Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their tax returns. This year is no different. Filers have until 12 midnight on Tuesday, April 15 to drop off their completed returns. The Postal Service will not be adding any additional window hours or collection times.

Officer in Charge Paula McDore is urging customers to be aware of this change. "The latest window hours and collection time is 8:00 p.m. at the Little Rock Processing & Distribution Center located at 4700 E. McCain, North Little Rock."

"Customers can be assured all mail dropped in the blue collection boxes at the Processing & Distribution Center location until 8 p.m. will receive an April 15 postmark. Although the deadline is Tuesday April 15, customers are urged to drop off returns as early as possible," says McDore.

The Postal Service offers the following advice to tax filers:

33-time Grammy winners to visit UCA

33-time Grammy winners to visit UCA

By Holly Morrison

College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office


CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) — University of Central Arkansas Public Appearances will host musicians Chick Corea and Béla Fleck at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on April 22 at 7:30 p.m.  

Two historic classical musicians have joined their talents for a 2014 tour across the U.S. Corea and Fleck joined forces with their Grammy-winning album The Enchantment.

“We are excited to bring these two highly acclaimed musicians to the University of Central Arkansas campus,” said Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances.  Amanda Horton. “They have amazing talent, and their success in the music industry has been proven through their combined 33 Grammys.”