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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. 

 

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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. 

Lyon College to form new marching band

Lyon College to form new marching band

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon College) - With the inauguration of Lyon College’s new football program, it is only natural that the formation of a marching band should follow. Lyon’s administration is proud to announce the intentions of doing just that.

“Lyon has had a small concert band for a number of years.  We are delighted to announce that we are recruiting in order to expand that band into a marching band to complement our new football program,” said Dr. Virginia Wray, vice president for academic services and dean of the faculty.

Lyon President Dr. Donald Weatherman said many of the current students at Lyon played in their high school bands, and the formation of a marching band would provide students with another creative outlet on campus.

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UCA television station available through U-verse

UCA television station available through U-verse

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A station previously only available in Conway will no spread to various parts of Arkansas. 

The University of Central Arkansas' Channel 6 television station is now available on U-verse, Channel 99.

“I'm extremely excited to be able to reach a new audience through Channel 6's original programming,” said Chris Churchill, director of Channel 6 Television. “Now, thanks to AT&T U-verse, UCA students, family and fans can experience our programming from anywhere in central Arkansas.”

Channel 6 will cover from Little-Rock to Pine Bluff, including Benton, Bryant, Cammack Village, Conway, Haskell, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Maumelle, Pulaski County, Shannon Hills, Sherwood and Searcy.

​To access Channel 6's programming through U-verse, browse to U-verse Channel 99, which will display a list of available Public Education Government (PEG) channels. Click on Conway and then UCA Television.

Museum to offer free program for senior citizens

Museum to offer free program for senior citizens

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - On Jan. 27, Old Independence Regional Museum will hold a free program for senior citizens discussing Mardi Gras traditions. 

Humanities Educator Amanda Nikkel will be leading the program, and museum volunteer Frances Mathis will lead participants in creating bead art cups using Mardi Gras beads.  

Program space is limited to 15 participants and reservations are required. Please call the museum at (870) 793-2121 to reserve a spot. 

Scott Johnson to present "Rathergate Ten Years After" at Patterson Lecture

Scott Johnson to present "Rathergate Ten Years After" at Patterson Lecture

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Cofounder and contributor to the website Power Line, Scott W. Johnson, will be giving a lecture on "Rathergate Ten Years After" at Lyon College on Feb. 12.  

This website was named by Time Magazine as the first and only blog to expose CBS' 60 minutes Rathegate fraud regarding President Bush's service in the Air National Guard. 

Johnson is also a Minneapolis, Minn. attorney and has practiced law for 35 years.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be located in Nucor Auditorium in the Lyon Building from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.