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Minority teacher scholarships available at UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Applications for the Arkansas Geographical Critical Needs Minority Teacher Scholarship Program are now available for the spring 2016 semester at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


Gun found in kindergartner's backpack

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A Kindergartener at Matthews Elementary in Pine Bluff was caught with a small handgun in his backpack on Thursday.

According to the Pine Bluff police, a teacher at the Matthews Elementary School discovered the .380 handgun in one of her student's backpack after noticing that the student kept walking back and forth to his backpack. The gun was reportedly unloaded and didn't have a clip/magazine.

The Dollarway School District Superintendent Patsy Hughey issued this statement:

UAPB freshman enrollment rises 38 Percent

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) showed a dramatic increase in freshmen enrollment and total student enrollment, according to figures released by the university.

First-time freshmen enrollment has increased by 38.1 percent, with 685 students enrolled. Overall student enrollment, including graduate students, increased by 6.1 percent, with a student population at 2,666. Last year, UAPB enrolled 496 new freshmen and 2,513 students overall.

UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander attributed the rise in enrollment to several factors, including enhanced scholarship offerings, a return of the Pre-Licensure (Generic) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, new STEM program offerings, as well as targeted marketing and recruitment efforts.

Pine Bluff Hosts the 2015 Student Angler Federation Southern Conference Championship

Pine Bluff Hosts the 2015 Student Angler Federation Southern Conference Championship

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The Bass Federation/Student Angler Federation is coming to the Arkansas River for their 2015 Southern Conference Regional High School Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 17. 

The top 10 percent of teams in each state championship advance to a conference championship. Qualifiers from AR, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK and TX are eligible to compete in this event.

Takeoff will be at 7 a.m., and the weigh-in is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park.

During the tournament will also be fishing clinics and demonstrations, a children’s fishing derby (at Martin Luther King Park) and activities for the public, which will take place at the Waterfront Facility in Regional Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This event is sponsored by the UAPB Aquaculture/Fisheries Center, Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation and the Pine Bluff Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Pine Bluff PD developing classes for civilian training

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - The Pine Bluff Police Department says it's developing classes to teach civilians techniques on how to deal with active shooting situations.

Pine Bluff police spokesman Sgt. David De Foor told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette each session will begin inside a classroom with a presentation and a question-and-answer session.

Following that, authorities are expected to cover safety tips, lock down procedures, what to do when police arrive, including others.

Classes are tailored to your needs and time constraints, and class time ranges from one to four hours, depending on facility size, needs, class participation and other factors.

JCSO recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

JCSO recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - For the month of October, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office will be writing citations in pink ink as a way to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Additionally, their female deputies have been provided pink handcuffs in lieu of the traditional stainless steel department issued handcuffs.

“The Sheriff’s Office wants to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s something when you realize that typically there exists no more than one degree of separation between someone you know who has or has had breast cancer. So, many in our communities and within the Sheriff's Office family have been personally touched by breast cancer in some way, which is why we found it appropriate to bring forth the idea of support through the "Stroking For The Cure” campaign," said Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. 


Father of murdered UAPB student speaks out

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - A vigil was held on Wednesday for 21-year-old Keith Wilbert Jr., a UAPB student who was found dead in his bedroom on September 23.

Dozens of people were on the campus of UAPB on September 30 to not only remember the life of Keith Wilbert Jr., but to also support his family as they wait for justice to be served.

The day Wilbert Jr. died was like any normal day.

"I texted him that I loved him at 12:38. At 12:59 he texted me, love you too," said Keith Wilbert Sr.

That day took a turn that no parent could ever imagine.

"Before I went to bed, which was at 10:59 that night, I text him and asked him was everything going okay as far as his funding toward UAPB and never heard back from him," said Wilbert Sr.