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CADC accepting applications for summer LIHEAP program

BENTON, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council is currently accepting applications for the summer regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days that begin July 6, 2015.

Lyon presents the 36th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival

BATESVILLE, Ark. - Lyon College will present the 36th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival April 10 till the 12.

“We invite everyone to come join us. This should be the biggest and best festival we’ve held yet,” said James Bell, director of the Scottish Heritage Program at Lyon.

Festivities will kick off Friday evening with a Celtic concert featuring the Lyon College pipe band and dancers at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel. One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the Highland Adventure Race on April 11, which features two-person teams competing in a relay race including mountain-trail running, biking, disc golf, orienteering, kayaking and slacklining. Participants can improve their Adventure Race score by competing in Scottish-themed costumes and winning bonus events that mimic traditional Highland games including Highland dancing, sheaf toss, and asparagus toss, a humorous version of the caber toss.

55 flu deaths reported in the state of Arkansas

55 flu deaths reported in the state of Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The number of flu deaths in Arkansas have gone up in the past two weeks.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), 55 flu deaths have been reported—10 of those reports have been submitted within the past two weeks.

Although this year's strain has mutated, making the vaccine only 23 percent effective, officials still stress the importance of getting the flu shot.

ADH is posting the weekly 2014-15 Flu Season reports on their website: http://on.kthv.com/13TsxgE

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Cabot student raising awareness for Special Olympics Ark.

Cabot student raising awareness for Special Olympics Ark.

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A junior at Cabot High School is raising awareness for Special Olympics Ark. by holding a "Spread the Word" campaign Friday, March 13.

Trea Kiser, who is an ambassador for the Special Olympics Arkansas, is holding a "Spread the Word to End the Word" to raise awareness of the derogatory use of the r-word (retard/retarded). 

Banners for people to sign will be set up during both lunch times on March 13, times include 10:54 a.m. to 11:26 a.m. and 11:51 a.m. to 12:23 p.m.

For more information on Kiser's efforts, click here

Marketing board sets meeting, facility tour at searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (ADEQ) - The Arkansas State Marketing Board for Recyclables will meet March 25, 2015, at the Searcy Chamber of Commerce, 2823 S. Main, Searcy, after touring a local recycling center the day before. The meeting will start at 9:30 a.m.

The board will hear reports on recycling programs operated by the City of Searcy and the White River Regional Solid Waste Management District from Searcy Mayor David Morris and the District’s Sarah Sexton, recycling program coordinator and solid waste educator, respectively.

In addition, Jimmy Swain, site director of manufacturing for the Bryce Corp. in Searcy will present a history of the company’s recycling efforts. The Bryce Corp. produces plastic packaging for the food processing industry, along with plastic sheeting.

Also, the board will tour the Searcy Sanitation and Recycling Facility, 409 W. Beebe-Capps Expressway, Searcy, beginning at 1:30 p.m. March 24, 2015.

Protecting your pets in freezing weather

Protecting your pets in freezing weather

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Just like humans, animals can also be at risk for frostbite and hypothermia.

One important safety tip: don't leave your pets in the car, as it can get as cold as a refrigerator. Veterinarians also recommend investing in some winter gear for your animals, and keeping them layered.

"Big things are tips of ears, tail tips and the paws are pretty susceptible to frost bite, and it just takes a few minutes really. The cold and the salt and everything in those paw pads can cause cracking and bleeding." said Veterinarian Dr. Travis Anderson.

Man arrested for fake prescriptions

Man arrested for fake prescriptions

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - One man's addiction led to his arrest after forging his father's prescriptions. 

Jonathan D. Simpson, 24, was arrested outside a Batesville pharmacy Monday after he allegedly tried to obtain three different narcotics with a fake prescription.