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Non-profit organization builds home for single mother

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - A single mother of three is getting the home of her dreams thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

The non-profit organization has been building homes in the state for more than 20 years, and it's the first time they have come to Cabot in five years.

Crystal Meeks has three children, and has worked two jobs for as long as she can remember. "We're coming from a two bedroom apartment with the four of us, so this is pretty awesome," said Meeks.

She applied to Habitat for Humanity a couple of months ago. She said the group helped her establish a foundation for her children.

The non-profit raises funds to buy materials, and relies on volunteers to builds the homes.

Saturday, volunteers with the Army and the Air Force helped build her three bedroom, two bathroom home. Bill Plunkett is the executive director of the branch in Pulaski and Lonoke County.

Pre-K students motivate burned Cabot teacher

Cabot, Ark.(KTHV)- A Cabot teacher badly burned in a fire pit accident is now back in the classroom.

For 14 years Kelly Baird has taught elementary school in Cabot. But after an accident in October, Baird says she worried she may never teach again.

"When I turned to throw another piece of wood in the fire, I lost my balance and fell in."

That's when Baird said she rolled over and pushed herself out of the fire. "I just knew when I fell in, I had to get out."

Baird says the next few hours was a blur.

"First of all I knew when I lit the fire it was probably not a good idea to be alone, but I thought I'll just be extra careful. Well that didn't work."

Her neighbor helped get her to the hospital, where she was later transferred to the burn unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Man killed in accident between car, Mack truck

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A man was reportedly killed Thursday afternoon after being struck by a Mack truck.

According to a preliminary fatal crash summary released by Arkansas State Police, 24-year-old Joshua R. Garcia of Ward was killed when the car he was riding in failed to yield at the intersection of Highway 89 and 236 in Lonoke County, and was struck by the truck.

The driver of the car was taken to UAMS for treatment. No word on his condition at this time.

Police report that the driver of the Mack truck was not injured.

Cabot Public Schools debuts new app

Cabot Public Schools debuts new app

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - Cabot Public Schools announced Friday that you can now get its new mobile app. 

The Cabot Public Schools app allows parents, students and staff access to the school's information right at their fingertips. 

Superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman says, “The new app is another communication tool that enables Cabot Schools to better connect with families, students and the community. This app has been in development for several months and we encourage everyone to download it.”

What the app shows:

UCA holds annual MLK prayer breakfast

UCA holds annual MLK prayer breakfast

CONWAY, Ark (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Friday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. This year’s theme is "The Blueprint for Change: Nonviolence. Unity. Perseverance."

The guest speaker for the event will be Charles O. Stewart, chief executive officer for Stewart Real Estate Development, LLC and co-founder/chairman of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation.

“The breakfast is held each year to celebrate the spiritual legacy, moral courage and fortitude that Dr. King brought to the social justice movement of this country," said Angela Jackson, director of the Office of Diversity and Community. "It is also an event that gives us a chance to reflect on how far we have come and how much further we have to go as a society."

The event is free and open to the public.

Family busted in lawn mower theft

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office told THV11 News that a family has been arrested in a recent lawn mower theft.

According to Sheriff John Staley, Zachary Boudreau, Brandon Weaver, Misty Seavers, and Eugene "Boo" Seavers were all arrested after they allegedly stole a $10,000 zero turn John Deere Lawn Mower and sold it.

Police said Boudreau and Weaver were identified on surveillance footage; in addition officer found out that Zachary's mother and step-father—the Seavers—sold the lawn mower.

Officer also apparently found a side-by-side ATV that had been reported stolen with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.

The Seavers were charged with theft of property, and theft by receiving. Boudreau and Weaver were charged with theft of property, breaking or entering, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:



Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street



Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs



Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff



Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock