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UCA Theatre to host Katie Campbell for puppetry workshop series

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - Alpha Psi Omega, University of Central Arkansas’s honorary theatre society, will host Katie Campbell to present a public lecture, “What is Puppetry?” on Saturday, September 19.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Bridges/Larson Theatre in the Snow Fine Arts Center at 6:00 p.m.

Campbell is a director, actor, playwright, puppeteer, and teaching artist. Her shadow puppet play, “The Ugly Duckling,” has revived a 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant and national attention.

“The opportunity to have Katie Campbell teach these workshops is exciting because it explores a different facet of theatre. This knowledge will expand and diversify our theatre skills, and I know it will inspire Alpha Psi Omega, theatre students, and all who attend,” states Jordyn Daniels, UCA Theatre senior and Alpha Psi Omega president. 

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UAPB gets $280k NSF grant for dedicated research network

UAPB gets $280k NSF grant for dedicated research network

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – UAPB was awarded a $281,488 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a Dedicated Research Network (DRN), making UAPB one of only two schools in the state with a network of this nature.

Over the last several years, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)  has developed innovative and productive research groups exploring topics in bioinformatics, nanosciences, security analytics and biotechnology. One challenge that continues to confront all research groups and projects at UAPB is that of the limited ability of the campus’ network to support large science data movement between research laboratories, national and global research partners. 

The result of a collaboration between the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Technical Services, this project is designed to enhance the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s campus network infrastructure to enabled dynamic network services for research activities.

Single car accident turns into homicide investigation

Single car accident turns into homicide investigation

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – What started out as an emergency call for a single-car accident has become a homicide investigation.

Sgt. David DeFoor said the body of 32-year-old Darrell Lovett, of Pine Bluff, was found late Sunday in a black Mitsubishi Galant in a ditch at the intersection of 3rd and Grant Streets. He had apparently been shot multiple times.

DeFoor said the investigation was still in its early stages and little information could be released.

Man with dementia missing out of Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pine Bluff Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing 59-year-old man.

James Lee Owens was last seen on July 20 at his residence in the 1000 block of Elm St. in Pine Bluff.

Mr. Owens is described as being 6'02" and has dementia.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Mr. Owens is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300.

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UAPB receives grant to create rural health professorship

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a $250,000 grant to create a professorship school officials say will be used to attract and keep top faculty in health education.

The school announced the grant Wednesday from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to create a nursing professorship in rural health.

Mark White, the insurer's president and CEO, says having skilled health professionals is critical to the care of small-town residents who have limited access to medical care.

The school announced that nursing department chairwoman Diann Williams will be the first to receive an endowed professorship.

Williams was interim executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing in 1995 and was previously the vice president for assessment and nursing and allied health at Southeast Arkansas College.

JCSO launches new website feature

JCSO launches new website feature

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has recently launched a new feature on its online website that will show the public an inmate's profile. 

The department has now added a button to their inmate roster list named VINELink (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) that will give the public the ability to keep track of any charges in an inmate's custody status. Crime victims can find information about the criminal cases of these offenders at any time.

The public can even sign up for alerts on inmates through VINELink via email, phone, or teletypewriter, in addition to looking at the website.

For more information about the Website please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 870-541-5351 or visit www.jeffcoso.org

Purple Heart awarded more than 40 years later

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - After waiting 40 years, a Vietnam War veteran was finally awarded a Purple Heart for his service in battle. 

Forty years ago Melvin Fields was in Vietnam serving in the Army. While putting his life on the line, Fields was wounded. He explains, “With a 175 millimeter mortar. I was hit in the chest, the head and the leg.”

He should have been awarded a Purple Heart but believes his commander accidentally glossed over his sacrifice. “So much was going on in those four or five days that he forgot about it,” Fields adds.

On Thursday, Senator Tom Cotton presented Fields with a Cold War Certificate in recognition of his service and his long-awaited Purple Heart. It was a day Fields never imagined would come, but one he will remember forever.