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Cabot community in mourning after overnight crash leaves 4 dead

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - An overnight car crash in White County left three teens and one adult dead.

Around 10:40 p.m. October 31, two former Cabot High School students Alexandria Simpkins, 20, and Codi Rice, 19, along with two current Cabot High School students Sydney Shoemate and Brooke Butler were involved in a single-vehicle accident.

"We received the news early this morning, and it's just been a devastating day," said Cabot Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman. "The first thing that hits you, is as a parent, and a parent of a teenager, it's that nightmare. And of course when you know who's involved, it makes it even more traumatic." 

Mysterious thieves haunting Cabot

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- The town of Cabot is left wondering who's been vandalizing their Halloween decorations.

Pumpkins have been smashed and no one has been able to catch those responsible.

"We've never seen them come up this close on our yard," said Samantha Correll of the culprits. "Yeah, they're just completely demolished."

Correll's dear pumpkins were the latest victims in a rash of vandalisms that have been haunting the Greystone community in the city.

"We were so angry," she continued. "Especially my husband, because it was my husband's pumpkin. We all thought it was teenagers or just kids kind of bored at night."

And not just Correll's pumpkins were destroyed, but Clois Ferguson's garden sustained damage.

"Over 200 begonias and impatiens [are gone]," she said. "They're a nuisance," she continued referring to the thieves. "A big nuisance!"

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.