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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.

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

My Town Hero: New program helps students transition into high school with mentor system

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating.
 
"There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith.

“It was a big change,” added Mondraul Jernigan. “At first I really didn't think it was going to be as hard as it was.”

Arkansas Foodbank sponsoring after school feeding sites

Arkansas Foodbank sponsoring after school feeding sites


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 30, 2014) - After school snacks and dinners are underway all over the state for the new school year. This year the Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas, is sponsoring after school snacks for approximately 1,700 children at 16 after school centers in 9 counties. In addition to snacks, 2 centers will also serve dinner 3 nights a week.

All centers are a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's At Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Center Food Program. The program is designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children after school, many of whom may be not be able to eat again until breakfast at school the next day.

Nutritious snacks and/or dinners will be provided to all children without charge and the same meals will be served to all children, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

Emma takes victory lap on Emma Day

QUITMAN, Ark. (KTHV) – If you entered the Quitman High School gym on Friday, you would have seen a winter wonderland. A carpet of snow blanketed the gym floor, a machine pumped snow into the air, and one very popular song from the movie “Frozen” belted through the speakers as students and faculty gathered together to celebrate Emma Day.

What is Emma Day? It’s a very special celebration of one tough little girl who is battling stage-four osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. The Panama, Okla., native has been receiving treatments at UAMS right here in Little Rock and happened to meet one of Quitman’s teachers—Theresa Hawks—who was undergoing her own therapy for cervical cancer.

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Shots fired at Benton High School twice in one week

Shots fired at Benton High School twice in one week


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - "We usually end our walk walking Cupcake the dog here," Jeffrey Lipinski explained. Jeffrey and Barbara Lipinski take their daily evening stroll, usually cutting through Benton High School. But in recent weeks they have noticed a few things out of the ordinary. Lipinski continued, "Glass all over the ground and we said someone's vandalized the school window."

Benton school district would not comment on camera nor release surveillance video to THV Wednesday afternoon; only sending a media release describing the two incidents.

Benton High School changing drug testing policy

Benton High School changing drug testing policy


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV)- Parents are talking about policy changes to Benton High School's drug testing policy. "I've seen high school students drug tested for more than a decade now," said Athletic Director Coach Randy McFarlin.

Benton High School students in sports and spirit groups used to get tested once a year before the start of their sport's season. The new policy modifications will now include band members in the drug testing pool. The students will be subjected to eight random drug tests throughout the year.

"We're outsourcing the collection of the specimen and the testing to medical laboratories in Little Rock." It's part of an attempt to improve the accuracy of the testing as well as enforce the confidentiality of the process. "We used to have our school nurses perform the procedure here, but this is better," said Coach McFarlin.

Benton and Bryant preparing for the annual Salt Bowl

Benton and Bryant preparing for the annual Salt Bowl


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - The sound of football--the band, the cheers and of course the rivalry. Kenneth Bates says, "It's like a rivalry that's been going on since 1976."

Saline County is a county divided. "It's been pretty intense for a lot of years," Bates continues. Benton versus Bryant. They will come head to head on Friday in the annual Salt Bowl in one of the largest games in the state. Just three days before the big game both cities come together for the Saline County Fair Parade and Bryant Pep Rally. But of course, everyone made it clear as to which team they are rooting for.

Colson Billingsley says, "When they come out, they're gonna beat Benton." Ten-year-old Colson Billingsley says he bleeds blue. But that wasn't always the case for his dad. Carlton Billingsley explains, "I was born and raised in Benton. Played for the Benton panthers in high school and since have moved over to Bryant."