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Airman 1st Class Sam Halfacre featured in ‘Defenders of the Airfield’ video

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – One of Batesville’s own has been featured in a video released by the Department of Defense.

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Melted candy bars prompt call center evacuation


BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Officials say two melted chocolate bars sent in the mail prompted an evacuation at a Batesville call center.

The Independence County Sheriff's Office says the two king-size Hershey bars were sent to the Access Arkansas call center with no return address. The Independence County Sheriff's Office says the center was evacuated Tuesday morning.

Police, fire and emergency management responded to the scene, as did a U.S. Postal Service inspector who later deemed the envelope safe.

Independence County Emergency Management Director Glen Willis says proper protocol was followed in the case. Willis tells the Batesville Daily Guard that it's not yet known why someone anonymously mailed the candy to the call center, which is run by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

My Town Hero: Woman dedicates life to homeless adults, children

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman in Little Rock has dedicated her life to helping working homeless adults and their children stay together and live successful lives. Her passion to help others is what makes her so deserving of being featured as a My Town Hero.

For Georgia Mjartan, there's nothing more rewarding than helping children and their parents succeed.

"I grew up not a mile from Our House. I was very aware of the disparities and social injustices even as a little girl," said Georgia Mjartan. She explained that that's what motivated her to do something meaningful in her own community. After taking over as Executive Director of the homeless shelter, Our House in 2005, Georgia became inspired to create a youth center. "I looked around and saw all of these homeless children who had nowhere to be during the summer hold up in a dark dormitory in the shelter."

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71st year for White River Water Carnival


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A 71 year tradition continues in Batesville next week.

The White River Water Carnival kicks off in Batesville Sept. 12 with the White River Water Carnival Classic, then Saturday is full of fun family events.

Traditional events that take place is the White River Water Carnival Parade and organizers are bringin back the White River Drag Boat races, which puts a spin on an age-old tradition of boat racing at the White River Water Carnival.

In 2010 the WRWC was rebranded to revitalize the event and we started the Bone Collector wing eating contest to highlight a major employer for the Batesville Area, the poultry industry.

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Federal Communications Commission has reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon.

The FCC says the wireless company used personal consumer information for marketing purposes.

As part of the settlement, Verizon has agreed to take significant steps to improve how it protects the privacy rights of customers.


Arkansas State Fair brings parade and Ugly Dog Contest

Arkansas State Fair brings parade and Ugly Dog Contest


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Since it's the 75th Anniversary of the Arkansas State Fair this year, they're doing something special by bringing back the parade for the first time since 1983.

The fair kicks off on October 10 and lasts through the 19, and the parade will take place on Saturday morning.

The most exciting news about the fair is that registration is now officially open for the Ugly Dog Contest.

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