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Thrift store raising money for domestic violence shelter

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Cabot Safe Haven Thrift Store is fundraising for a county shelter used to provide a place of refuge for victims of domestic violence. 

The thrift store exists to suppport the work of the Lonoke County Safe Haven, who's mission is to provide hope of healing and independence to domestic violence victims. During the month of November, the store will be having a sale on Thursdays.  If customers bring in a brown grocery store bag, they can fill it with clothing items for just $15. 

The store is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located in the Cabot mini-mall located in downtown Cabot. 

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Cabot fire destroys homes, unites strangers

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- An apartment complex fire in Cabot over the weekend has left two families homeless.

One family just moved to Arkansas two weeks ago.

Shereka Toney didn't know a soul when she picked up her life and moved to Arkansas from Texas earlier this month.

Then tragedy struck and turned her life upside down, but it also showed her friendships can be found during the most unlikely situations.

"We actually had just put our beds up, the stuff on the walls, we still weren't even all the way unpacked," said mother of four, Shereka Toney.

The plan to start fresh for the single mother quickly turned into tragedy Saturday night when her new apartment went up in flames.

"I hadn't even met the neighbors yet. I was just unpacking and then it happened," said Toney.

Cabot Schools first student designed, built theatre set

Cabot Schools first student designed, built theatre set

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - Students in Cabot are taking a step away from the books to put their hands to work on a new stage for the schools to use for upcoming plays. 

The students have drafted original floor plans and renderings that have led them to a final design, which they digitally drafted in Google Sketch Up. Teams were assigned certain jobs so that the stage could be set by deadline. 

According to school officials, the students have cut every board, primed every surface, turned plywood into hardwood with faux painting techniques, and even built a tree out of branches and 2x4s. One particular student, who took the lead on the design and drafting, will be presenting the finished product at Arkansas Thespians in February to compete for scholarships.  

Arkansas families frustrated by insurance delays

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A backlog in Arkansas is causing a major headache for parents trying to get health insurance for their children.

Hundreds of thousands of Arkansans are on a waiting list to be approved for coverage through ARKids, Medicaid and other private options.

The Arkansas Department of Human Resources stated that they are trying to get to everyone as fast as they can, however the long wait is causing frustration for parents. Some families say they have been waiting for months to be approved.

Kristie Johnson, 24, and her family moved from Oklahoma to Arkansas in April. The move went smoothly, however they hit a road bump when applying for health insurance through ARKids for their two children.

"We applied back in April, and we ended up having to re-apply because they got our last name wrong," said Johnson.

5 to 6 small grass fires ignite in central Arkansas


CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – Several agencies are working to put out small grass fires in central Arkansas.

A THV11 photographer on scene in Cabot said traffic in the area is stop and go and the moment because of four to five small fires along Highway 5 between the Greystone Gold Club and the Highway 89 and 5 intersection.

At the moment fire crews don't know how the fires began, but Cabot Fire Chief Phil Robinson said the ground is so dry at the moment that something as simple as a ciggarette, chain dragging, or hot brakes could have caused the grass to ignite.

Robinson said the situation near Cabot is under control.

Cabot community encouraging others to get active

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The Cabot community wanted to encourage people to get outside and be active through their 2015 Inspiration Run.

The Annual Inspiration Run took place on Friday, October 9 at 8:15 a.m. Those involved traveled a total of 26 miles by feet and bicycle, and visited 14 Cabot schools with students cheering them on along the way.

The run began at Ward Central Elementary and the finish line was at Magness Creek Elementary.

The event partners with the Cabot School District and the Cabot Country Cruisers.

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