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Cousins continue family tradition with UAPB commencement

Cousins continue family tradition with UAPB commencement

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - For cousins, Cornovious Branch Jr. (CJ) and Tara A. Branch, completing a college education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is a celebration of a deeply rooted family tradition.

During Spring Commencement on May 9, 2015, these millennials will follow in the footsteps of over 90 relatives who have graduated from the university. The Branch family tradition at UAPB is built upon a foundation of Faith, Family and Education. It began in the early 1920s when Annie Branch Gentry completed her studies at Branch Normal Agricultural Mechanical and Normal College, (currently known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). The educational tradition has continued for decades producing a lineage of doctors, lawyers, educators, engineers, pastors, entrepreneurs, entertainers and more.

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

Benton PD needs help locating runaway teen

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 17-year-old who ran away from his home Thursday, April 23.

Christopher Bennett left his home Thursday, and according to reports, has not been seen from his parents since. 

Bennett is described as being a white male standing at approximately 5'6" tall and weighing at around 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to still be in the central Arkansas area. 

Police stated that any person who knowingly harbors a runaway could face charges. 

Anyone with information about Bennett's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at (501) 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS.

 

UAPB to mark 142 years during Founder’s Celebration

UAPB to mark 142 years during Founder’s Celebration

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (UAPB) - The Inaugural Founders and Honors Convocation is the beginning of a new Founder’s Celebration tradition for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. This noble event to be held Thursday, April 23 combines two time-honored activities into one momentous occasion that acknowledges University heritage and academic competence concurrently. 

The theme of the event is "Honoring the Legacy: Blending the Past and Future." Activities for the week will begin Tuesday, April 21 and continue through Sunday, April 26, according to university officials.

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

Mother's Day gadgets for your special someone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Believe it or not, Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some, it will the first of many. That means new tips and gadgets.

Ginger Daril with Verizon stopped by THV11 This Morning to share some high tech ways to help moms take care of their little ones.

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New rankings show Benton Co. is healthiest county in Arkansas

New rankings show Benton Co. is healthiest county in Arkansas

Arkansas (KTHV) - The 2015 annual rankings for healthiest county in Arkansas have been released.

Rankings announced by the American Heart Association show that Benton County is the healthiest in Arkansas, while Lafayette ranked the least healthiest. 

According to County Healthy Rankings, the five healthiest counties in Arkansas, starting with most healthy, are Benton, Washington, Boone, Saline and Faulkner. 

According to recent studies, the counties that have the highest rank in health also have higher college attendance, fewer preventable hospital stays and better access to parks and gyms. The least healthy counties tend to have more smokers, more teen births and more alcohol related car crash deaths. 

According to the Rankings reports, following national trends were also revealed:

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries. 

 

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job.