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Central Arkansas Buddy Walk® set for Saturday

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Central Arkansas Buddy Talk will hold its 4th Annual Central Arkansas Buddy Walk® Saturday, October 17 at Lake Willastein Park.  

The Central Arkansas Buddy Walk® is a community walk to celebrate Down syndrome awareness and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. 

There will be activities for all ages. Participants will enjoy a half-mile walk route through the scenic Lake Willastein Park along with a live disk jockey, face painting, games, balloon figures, bubbles and costume characters. Following the walk, a meal will also be provided to participants.

Registration will be open at 1 p.m. and the event will start at 2 p.m.

This year, Central Arkansas Buddy Talk hopes to raise $20,000 through the Central Arkansas Buddy Walk®. Funds raised will be used to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families in central Arkansas as well as national advocacy programs. 

Alderman Preston Lewis asking for the return of Maumelle rings

Alderman Preston Lewis asking for the return of Maumelle rings
MAUMELLE, Ark. – Alderman Preston Lewis of Maumelle is leading residents to call upon Maumelle’s city government to bring back a former landmark in the Maumelle Rings. Since the 1980s, Maumelle residents traveling state highway 100 (Maumelle Blvd.) would always see two separate concrete rings marking the city limit boundaries on both sides of town. Road construction projects though forced the relocation of the rings. For the past decade the rings have been sitting on a trailer behind Maumelle’s Public Works facility.  Statement from Alderman Lewis: "I have asked Mayor Mike Watson about restoration of the Maumelle Rings since 2013, but I have been unable to get him to take action on the issue. For over a year, I wasn’t even told they were still in existence. Finally, I heard they were still in Maumelle, so I went and found them.

Jacksonville PD participating in Crime Free Housing program

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. - The Jacksonville Police Department is participating in the Crime Free Multi Housing and Crime Free Rental Property program, with the goal of keeping crime out of neighborhoods. 

Officials are encouraging property owners, managers and landlords in the community to participate in the opportunity to improve the town they live in. 

The Crime Free Multi Housing program was developed in 1992 in Mesa, Ariz. The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states, five Canadian Provinces, Mexico, England, Finland, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Puerto Rico. The Crime Free Multi Housing program was designed to reduce crime, drugs and gangs on apartment properties.

Four named Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four outstanding teachers were named 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year state finalists at a recognition event today with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key. 

“Selecting just four teachers from an exceptional group of talented educators was a difficult process,” Key said. “The four state finalists chosen, however, have demonstrated leadership, knowledge and the ability to inspire students in the classroom. I congratulate them, as well as their administrators and fellow educators.”

The four state finalists are as follows:

Meghan Ables

11th Grade English/Literacy
Stuttgart High School
Stuttgart School District
Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative 

Brenda Galliher

Attorney General's Medicaid fraud control unit arrests Pulaski County woman

Attorney General's Medicaid fraud control unit arrests Pulaski County woman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest of a Pulaski County woman by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Cheri Bates-West, 38, of Maumelle was arrested on three felony controlled substance violations after investigators determined she administered substitute narcotics and drugs to residents of Lakewood Nursing and Rehab in North Little Rock and retained the prescribed medications for her own use. Bates-West was booked into the Pulaski County Jail and is being held on a $15,000 bond.

Bates-West was also charged with two additional outstanding warrants – a felony for failure to appear in Logan County and fraud for insufficient funds from the Sherwood Police Department. 

Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money or products to which they are not entitled.

Sonic Drive-In partners with Maumelle High School on Thirsty Fridays

Sonic Drive-In partners with Maumelle High School on Thirsty Fridays

MAUMELLE, Ark. - Sonic Drive-In of Maumelle and Maumelle High School PTSO have joined efforts for the "Thirsty Fridays" events.  

On the second Friday of each month, beginning on September 11 and through the end of the 2015-2016 school year, a member of the PTSO Executive Committee will pick up and deliver Sonic soft drinks to 15 administrators, office and counseling staff.

The soft drinks, donated by Sonic, are part of the Parent Teacher Student Organization’s ongoing efforts to recognize and extend appreciation to the school’s staff.  Jeff Herring, the organization’s Public Relations Chairman, and father of two MHS students said, “The PTSO is thrilled to be working with our local Sonic to provide drinks to the administration and other staff at the high school. We appreciate them and all they do for our children, day in and day out. And, special thanks to Sonic for donating the drinks!”

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

ASMSA opens Class of 2018 admissions cycle

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has officially launched the search for the Class of 2018.
 
Students apply to ASMSA through a competitive admissions process that evaluates high school coursework, ACT/SAT scores, responses to essay questions, letters of recommendation and other accomplishments.  Finalist candidates are invited to attend Interview Weekends in April.  The process is similar to application at selective colleges and universities.
 
Students must submit their completed online application, test scores, and letters of recommendation no later than March 1, 2016.