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Mayflower High School Service Club Presents the Mayor with a Microchip Scanner

Mayflower, AR — December 16, 2010 — The newly-formed Mayflower Animal Freaks, a school service club, elected officers just in time to present mayor Randy Holland with a state-of-the art microchip scanner at the last city council meeting of the year, which will be December 21.  The scanner with a retail value of over $350, will be logged in as city property and then go to the animal control department to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

Mayflower doesn’t have a humane society, and the animal control officer position is part time.  There was a great need, and the students formed the club to be of service to their community.  Being able to quickly return pets to their owners will save the city money due to less time and expense housing lost pets.

According to Stacy Uptain, faculty sponsor of the club, “These great kids are going to spend part of their Christmas vacation raising funds to help pay for spay/neuter and microchipping services, which t

Job outlook for college graduates

We don't want to sugarcoat the situation since there are certainly students out there on the job hunt; in fact we interviewed one at UCA Wednesday. But career counselors there and at UALR say the overall economic picture is stronger going into the New Year.

Four years of college will soon be over for Micah Crapps, a UCA senior.

"Of course, everybody's excited to be done with school," Crapps said.

But beneath the excitement on campus, there's frustration for Crapps, who is still without a job.

"Basically it's down to the wire. It's to the point where you'll take what you can get," Crapps said.  

She's been looking for a print journalism gig for a year but is now considering other fields.

"Look outside your degree, be flexible, be willing to do different things with your degree," Crapps said.       

Federal stimulus gives Arkansas teachers bonuses

Every year, e-Stem Charter School gives its teachers bonuses and federal stimulus money will allow that trend to continue. English teacher Jenny Choate says teachers deserve a pat on the back.

"It's icing on the cake. It's a nice bonus, but I love to teach anyways," says Choate.

The federal jobs bill gives Arkansas schools $193 per student, but at e-Stem, CEO John Bacon says a private foundation has been funding the average $7500 bonuses, which are based on performance.

"As that phased out, we would take on a portion through our budget, so that after 3 or 4 years, we would be fully funding it through our school budget," says Bacon.

Executive Director Rob McGill of Academics Plus Charter School also hopes to use the extra cash for bonuses.

"We want to be competitive with other districts that are in Pulaski County," says Rob McGill.

More than a quarter of Arkansas children live in poverty

The U.S. child poverty rate in 2009 was 19.7 percent. The federal definition of poverty in 2009 was a family of four earning less than $22,050 a year.

The Arkansas child poverty rate jumped to 26.9 percent in 2009, up 2.3 percentage points from 24.6 percent in 2008, according to figures released by the Census Bureau.

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Update: Fake Facebook page defaming Faulkner Co. teen

The teen girl is afraid for her safety. Deputies say this cruel joke has turned dangerous. Pedophiles began stalking her.
Katilynn Howell, 18, says, "I couldn't stand to look at them."

There is picture after picture. All of them are explicit.

She explains, "I was like, 'Who in the world would do this?'"

The photos were posted on Facebook. Some are so racy, THV can't show you.

Howell explains a friend texted her. She says, "Out of the blue, he was like wait a minute. There is a Facebook page under your name that has all these pictures on it that look like you."

Turns out it wasn't Howell. But someone said it was. They even posted Howell's cell phone number and strangers started calling.

Howell adds, "I had grown men calling telling me how good I looked and just wanted to do stuff with me and I couldn't believe it."

Mixed martial arts in spotlight at Conway Conflict

The Conway Conflict will bring some of the state's best MMA competitors to compete in the largest cage around. This is the first time the Arkansas Xtreme Challenge (AXC) has brought this kind of fight to Conway. 

Donations of clothes, hats, gloves, sleeping bags and more are being accepted at the Conway Conflict. They will be donated to local homeless shelters.

Those competiting in the fights are:

Update: More than half of U.S. households don't have life insurance

This is at a time when adding that little extra protection for your family is at its most affordable.