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UCA Summer Commencement

UCA Summer Commencement

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA)—The University of Central Arkansas will hold its Summer Commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2014 in the Jeff Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus.

University officials will confer 487 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony. 

UCA President Tom Courtway will deliver a challenge to the graduates. Dr. Steven Runge, executive vice president and provost, will be master of ceremonies. Members of the UCA Board of Trustees will be in attendance.

Candidates for graduation will line up in the Lewis Science Center at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, candidates will line up in the outside covered concourse areas of the Farris Center. Marshalls will assist in directing students to the alternate location if necessary. 

Cabot School's Reading Bus

Cabot School's Reading Bus

This reading bus will travel around the Cabot School District during the summer months allowing children and their families to check out books. The reading bus has a large supply of books and a wide selection to meet an array of interests.

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

Beebe Early Childhood Center needs votes!

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) – A school in Beebe needs your help! They are trying to get enough votes to win a video contest from School Health.

According to the School Health Contest page, many school nurse positions are getting cut due to budgeting difficulties across the country. The ‘Every Child Needs a School Nurse’ video contest encourages students, parents, and school leaders to show the world why school nurses are so important.

Vilonia dissolving alternative school

Vilonia dissolving alternative school

VILONIA — Officials with the Vilonia School District said they believe the alternative education services they have been providing students is good, but if another education facility can provide better services, it merits a try.

The Vilonia Board of Education, Monday night, approved dissolving the district’s alternative school and contracting with Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative to provide alternative education services to students K-12 at Florence Madison School in Conway.

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'In the Heights' opens Feb. 7 in Cabot

'In the Heights' opens Feb. 7 in Cabot

CABOT, Ark. (CAPAA) – The award winning young artists of the Central Arkansas Performing Arts Academy present the Tony Award winning musical, “In the Heights”. This is the first time this modern musical has ever been presented in Arkansas. The show opens February 7 and runs through February 9, 2014.


Danelle Hoffer, Executive Director of CAPAA, said “This musical is an important accomplishment for our young performers. “In The Heights” is an artistically challenging, uplifting and beautifully written story about life in Washington Heights in New York City. We are proud to present our amazing work to the arts community and showcase our up and coming actors and their efforts.


In the Heights is a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The story is set over the course of three days, involving an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.