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Husband, wife arrested on drug charges in Lonoke Co.

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Authorities said a husband and wife are facing drug charges after meth and other paraphernalia was found in their home.

According to Sheriff John Staley with the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, investigators assisted the parole/probation unit in visiting a home on North Street in Ward on Wednesday. He said that at while at the home, contact was made with the residents and an estimated ½ gram of methamphetamine and drug-related paraphernalia were located and seized.

Sheriff Staley said Kristopher Knight, a registered sex offender, and his wife, Savannah Knight, were arrested for possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

Avoid being fined for illegal dumping

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Clearing out winter's clutter and making way for Spring can be quite the task, but getting rid of the old is another ordeal. Buddy McConnell says, "You always come across something where someone's dumped something probably illegally."

As we drove down Ballinger street we found several unwanted electronic devices that appeared to be dumped on the side of the road. Not only is it an eye sore for the neighborhood but it also presents an environmental hazard.

McConnell says, "There's just so many toxic tHings in electronics." Cheryl Harrington of the Conway Sanitation Department adds, "and would cause great problems if it was to get into our water and our drinking system."

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds of Lonoke County dogs are in limbo at the Pulaski County Humane Society. They'll be there until a Supreme Court judge makes a decision. But it's getting costly.

"It's approximately two years, it will be two years, the end of June," said Dr. Teresa Medlock.

Dozens of dogs, 137 to be exact, have been at the Pulaski County Humane Society for the last two years.

They were taken from Sandra Nance's Lonoke County property in 2012 after a search by the Humane Society and Lonoke County Sheriff's Department found the dogs living in poor conditions.

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"They are evidence in the court system case and so we're entrusted with their care until the resolution of the case," Medlock said.

Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February. Agency spokeswoman Becky Heflin says it's the first time Arkansas' jobless rate has been below 7 percent since January 2009.

All major industry sectors posted gains in March. Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 3,200, while employment in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,000.

Construction added 1,900 jobs and government employment increased by 1,200.

The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March.

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My Town Hero: Capt. Trevor Goodwin

My Town Hero: Capt. Trevor Goodwin

MCRAE, Ark. (KTHV) – Kevin Goodwin has nominated his younger brother Trevor as a My Town Hero.

Kevin said his 10-years-younger brother has been an inspiration to him and his family through his work with the McRae Volunteer Fire Department, where he holds the title of captain. Kevin said Trevor finds time and energy to help the department and the city with fire department activities, training, working with the new recruits, and making time for his family all while also working at a hospital.

Trevor answers calls no matter what time of day or night that can range from normal fire calls, to wild land fires, EMS, MVA, first responder, gas leaks and many more.

“If not for Trevor Goodwin and the selfless service that he gives day in a day out, the needs of the people of McRae would not be met,” said Kevin.


Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville

Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Bridge repairs will require lane closures on U.S. Highway 67 in Jacksonville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be repairing the Redmond Road overpass in Jacksonville. The repairs are needed following a recent traffic accident. The work will require closing the northbound outside lane on U.S. Highway 67, between mile markers 6 and 9.

The lane closures will be Monday, April 14th through Thursday, April 17th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Lonoke man wins $410,000 in Arkansas Natural State Jackpot

Lonoke man wins $410,000 in Arkansas Natural State Jackpot

LONOKE, Ark. (ASL) - Thursday’s Record Breaking Jackpot of $410,000, has a winner!  This amount marked the largest Natural State Jackpot level for the game to date!  The games popularity and this Jackpot amount is a direct result of Arkansas player interest and excitement in the game.  The game had not reached that level of play, number of consecutive draws without a top prize winner (63 draws) or Jackpot range in the history of the game.  There has been 508 drawings since the game’s first on August 27th, 2012.  The Natural State Jackpot celebrates the highest Jackpot Winner ever in the game!  The success of the game captured the imagination and anticipation of its players, the Natural State Jackpot was won by a player who correctly match the five NSJ numbers drawn last night.  In last night’s NSJ drawing there were 42 players who match four of the five numbers drawn, each of those players were just one away from winning the Jackpot amount.