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My Town Hero: Bryant's watchdog dad


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – If you look around your community, you're sure to find someone who stands out above the rest by simply going the extra mile to help others.

That's exactly what people would say about this week's My Town Hero.

"What's up Uncle Si?"

"Hey, what's going on?"

Energy and excitement fill the hallways and classrooms whenever John Cox is around.

"Everybody goes crazy."

"He's just cool."

Some call him John, but many of the students at Hill Farm elementary have nicknamed him 'Si,' because of his strong resemblance to the reality star.

"I really thought he was Si off of Duck Dynasty because he like looks just like them," says Daniel, a student at the school.

Aside from his cool nickname, he's also called granddad.

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Crossfit competition benefits Camp Sunshine


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - In Bryant Saturday, another fund-raiser had the 'no pain, no gain' theme.

It's a CrossFit competition benefiting Camp Sunshine, the summer camp for young burn victims. Members of the Bryant Fire Department are major supporters for this.

"It's very dear to a lot of firefighters' hearts here in Arkansas," said Capt. Cory Bergscrom with the Bryant Fire Department. "I love working out and competition, so it's a great way to do things that I like."

CrossFit combines a grueling workout with some friendly competition, all for a good cause.


Police take a polar plunge for good cause


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Saturday's weather is providing a little relief for one group of hearty swimmers in Saline County.

The annual Polar Plunge into Hurricane Lake in Benton benefits the Special Olympics in Arkansas.

Swimmers round up donations in exchange for a dip in the lake. On top of braving the cold, there are bonuses for style points.

"Groups get together and put together uniforms or costumes," said Alicia Gillem director of development for the Arkansas Special Olympics. "They are judged on their costume to see which is the best."

Law enforcement groups are a huge part of the Polar Plunge.

In addition to this swim in Benton, the Arkansas Special Olympics has held three other events across the state.


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.

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Domestic dispute leads to car chase on I-30


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A call was made to the Benton police early Tuesday morning of a domestic disturbance at the Bullock's Superstop off Interstate 30.

Police found the pickup truck, described in the call, leaving the Superstop when they arrived. When attempting to stop the vehicle, it drove off and onto the eastbound lane of Interstate 30. Police were able to stop the vehicle just off of exit 118. When approaching the vehicle, police found a man and a woman in the cab.

The couple admitted to being involved in the reported disturbance. The female victim claimed Keith Stafford, 22, hit her in the face and tried to choke her. Police also discovered the pickup truck Stafford was driving, was reported stolen out of Garland County.

The couple was taken into custody and later transported to the Saline County Detention Facility for processing.

Saline County alcohol permits set to go out Thursday


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Businesses in Saline County are getting ready for a big change. Many of them may have alcohol on their shelves as soon as Thursday.

"We're excited about beer coming to Saline County," said Rick Bellinger, owner of Riverside Grocery in Benton. "We're hoping to be among the first to sell it in Saline County. We'll know for sure tomorrow."

It's a process that began in November when voters in Saline County approved the sale of alcohol in their county. Bellinger has been preparing for weeks, rearranging merchandise and creating a space just for the new products.

"The beer cave itself has been about a week in the process getting it all together," Bellinger said. "It'll be operational tonight or in the morning we're hoping."

MLK Jr. Commission hosts largest 'Day of Service' event


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas has a statistic to be proud of. Monday's "Day of Service" event was the largest of its kind in the country.

Harrison high school students, Skyler Caldwell and Christian Gillies, attended the event. They hope to find ways to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy alive in the future.

"It is great to look back on history and what he's done, but to really look forward and try to make our society a better place," said Gillies. "Continuing on that dream that he had and capitalizing on what he did and better our own future as a society," said Caldwell.

Monday's event brought together state and city leaders and a variety of races and faiths to celebrate Dr. King's life.

"It's just an opportunity for people of all different background and beliefs to come together, and talk about what we have in common," said Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin.