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AMHC, Arkansas Cancer Coalition to offer free health screenings at State Fair Oct. 16

AMHC, Arkansas Cancer Coalition to offer free health screenings at State Fair Oct. 16

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Join the Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition at the Arkansas State Fair on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. These two organizations have partnered to offer free health screenings. Fair goers can stop by the Hall of Industry for preventive health checks including blood pressure, pulse, glucose, cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index).

Exhibitors will offer information on health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle improvement.

College Night, sponsored by 100.3 the Edge, is Thursday. There’s free gate admission for college students with valid school I.D. from 6 p.m. to close.

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MUST SEE: Local airman returns from Qatar to surprise daughter

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- Saying goodbye is never easy, and for military families it can be that much more difficult. But on Thursday there was a moment reminding all of us how sweet a return home can be.

At Cheer City United it's no stretch to say there is plenty of enthusiasm but today there was more, much more.

"When you're gone you know, it affects you one way or the other. I don't care who you are it does," said Master Sergeant Jeff Wade.

Wade is a military man through and through. Working quality assurance for the Air Force he's made more than 40 tours overseas.

"It got worse every time. It never got better. Ever," he said.

Each one becoming more difficult, because it meant one more goodbye to his prized possession- his 10-year-old daughter Abigail.

"You slow down and that's when you think about it the most and it stinks," Wade continued.

Help Cabot kids in need have a great Christmas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hard to believe we're already talking about Christmas, but there's an important event happening soon benefiting children in need in Cabot.

Maggie Cope and Charity Hertzog shared details on "THV 11 This Morning".

The Christmas Blessing Charity Gala and Auction is Saturday Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Cabot Armory at 103 Commerce Park Drive.

The purpose is to raise funds so we are able to buy Christmas gifts for the children of Cabot who would otherwise go without.

The semi-formal event will include live and silent auctions, dancing, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $50 per couple or $30 per individual.

It is hosted by the Jr Auxiliary of Cabot.

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CabotFest 2014 this weekend

CabotFest 2014 this weekend

CABOT, Ark. -- On October 11th, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, the downtown streets of Cabot will come alive with the sights and sounds of Cabot's 36th annual hometown celebration of CabotFest.

CabotFest began in 1978 as a small gathering to help lift the spirits of citizens after a tornado struck the town, killed several citizens and did severe damage to the little city.

Today, CabotFest is a family style festival that brings thousands to the City of Cabot of Cabot for a day of family fun, food, shopping, bingo, kid games, etc., and a variety of entertainment that features many hometown entertainers.

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

Counties call for jail overcrowding solution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Officials from all 75 Arkansas counties are demanding answers on how state officials plan to reform prison funding.

Because of overcrowding, state inmates have to be housed at county jails, taking up space reserved for inmates within those counties.

County officials say the state requires they hold their own inmates and maintain prison conditions at a state specified level.

However, the problems counties say they face are space for the inmates and full reimbursement from the state.

"We need to get the state to start taking responsibility for their own inmates. They're forcing. They're basically... They're not basically but they're forcing the counties to violate the rights of our inmates by not running a constitutional jail," said David Lucas, Jackson County Sheriff.

Cheerleaders walk for cancer survivor coach

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - It's a fight that so many are in together. And one that Cheerleading coach Stacy Cates knows all too well.

"I was 33 years old and I found a lump in my breast," she said.

Diagnosed five years ago, it's been a struggle for her family and her friends. She decided this year that she wasn't going to walk in the race. But her cheerleaders decided otherwise.

"I felt like it's a special thing for me to do that for her," said 14-year-old Lexi Dunn. "And a special thing for her."

Cates went undiagnosed for five months. And three weeks after finally being diagnosed with breast cancer, she had a double mastectomy. Still, it wasn't enough so the mother of three turned to chemotherapy.

"I couldn't just lay down and take it," she said. "I had to stand up and fight. But isn't that what everyone does?