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Sports Medicine program at Cabot High School a success

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- There's way more to high school sports than the star quarterback or head cheerleader.

With some sports programs looking like small colleges, there is a growing need for pros to keep those kids safe and healthy.

High school used to have shop classes, and they didn't really blend with gym class. Cabot High began pioneering a program in 2010 that you might call a sports-shop mashup.

"Our high school students need us just as much as professional athletes need us."

Lyndsey Rich is out to fill that need. She is an athletic trainer turned teacher who knows there are way more student athletes these days than pros.

"They deserve the same kind of health care that our professional athletes have."

Rich spends her days showing students the ropes when it comes to wrapping an ankle or rehabbing an old break.

Cheer injuries more severe, less frequent

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - High school cheerleading isn't the simple sideline activity it used to be.

A new study that was released on Thursday shed some light on what type of injuries are associated with the sport.

"I was actually tumbling, and when I landed, it kind of just snapped," said Cabot High School cheerleader Laura Davidson, describing a bone in her foot.

The Cabot High School cheerleader said she has spent much of her senior year sitting out after breaking her foot at cheer camp.

"Yeah, there was a lot of pain, excruciating pain."

Davidson's story may sound familiar to the reports made by thousands of other cheerleaders and their parents. Cabot High School Assistant Athletic Trainer Lyndsey Rich said that cheer injuries tend to take longer to heal.

Cabot man arrested for rape, incest

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – According to police, a Lonoke County man has been arrested on rape, incest, and drug charges.

On December 5, the Lonoke County Sheriff
Office responded to an address on Hwy. 89 South in reference to a rape allegation involving a minor victim.

During the course of the investigation, 40-year-old Kelly Brian Holcomb of Cabot was arrested at the scene.

Reports state that Holcomb was booked into the Lonoke County Detention Center on 30 counts of rape, 30 counts of incest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Holcomb appeared in the Lonoke County Circuit Court where he was granted a $75,000 bond. He is currently being held in the Lonoke County Detention Center while he awaits bond.

Cabot police make Christmas shopping safer

Cabot police make Christmas shopping safer

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - Officers with the Cabot Police Department are doing their best to make shopping during the holidays safer for families. 

On December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cabot Wal-Mart, Cabot police will be taking part in the 4th annual Christmas charity event, C.O.P.S Toy Patrol. 

C.O.P.S (Cabot Officers Playing Santa) is a program that has officers in the area to stand alongside young boys and girls while they shop for holiday gifts.

Organizers were hoping to have a child from each of the nine elementary schools in the Cabot School District to participate in this program, and they had set a goal to raise $4,000 dollars for the program. With the help from several businesses and citizens of Cabot, the program has surpassed its goal and will be able to help out 45 children from the nine elementary schools in the Cabot School District. 

On Thursday, December 17, Cabot Police Officers will help shop one-on-one with these children.

Credit card fraud cases increase as holidays approach

CABOT, Ark. – Police are searching for at least two suspects who they say used a stolen credit card in at least two cities in central Arkansas.

The suspects were caught on surveillance footage after leaving the Beebe Wal-Mart, and then the Murphy USA gas station in Cabot.

According to the police report, the victim believes her credit card was stolen sometime around October 23. Two days later, she noticed two fraudulent charges on her back account.

“The photos are very clear, that's why we’re hoping we can I.D. the suspect (s) and end the rampage of what they are doing,” said Sgt. Keith Graham with the Cabot Police Department.

Cabot and Beebe are not the only cities experiencing this type of crime.  Another couple was seen on camera at a Little Rock Target on October 31, using credit cards stolen from a shopper at Park Plaza mall that same day.

North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce announces the 17th Annual “A Night at the Rep”

North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce announces the 17th Annual “A Night at the Rep”

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the 17th Annual “A Night at the Rep” on Thursday.

On Tuesday, December 1, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre located at 601 Main Street in Little Rock will be hosting a a silent auction and reception followed by the musical production of The Little Mermaid, all beginning at 5 p.m. with  

The performance will start at 7 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to bid on over 150 auction items including sports memorabilia, tickets to sporting and cultural events, vacation packages, artwork, jewelry, electronic devices and gift certificates.

Tickets are $45 per person and include admission, heavy hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages.

Friends, family gather at vigil for Cabot girls killed in car crash

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- Friends and family gathered on Monday night for a prayer vigil at Cabot High School mourning the loss of four young women.

The women died in a car crash on Halloween night. The youngest was just 15-years-old.

Two of the four girls involved in the crash were students at Cabot High, and two others had just recently graduated.

Monday was everyone's first day back to class, and many said it was a rollercoaster of emotions.

"It was just very quiet and sad," said Callie Richard, a junior at Cabot High School.

That was the atmosphere at Cabot High School as friends and staff grieved the loss of four young lives taken far too soon.

"Even if you didn't know them personal you were still affected by it a lot," said Callie.