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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.

Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

Whooping cough a growing concern in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Colds and coughs aren't typically what parents think of in the summertime. But keeping the kids safe this summer also means looking out for lingering diseases. The state has already seen 112 cases of whooping cough or pertussis this year.

"Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacterium called Bordetella Pertussis," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, Arkansas State Epidemiologist.

Symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose can mimic allergies and the common cold, making it harder to diagnose. Severe cases cause a cough so bad, you could break a rib or vomit blood.

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ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

ADH: Baby boomers should get tested for Hepatitis C

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could have Hepatitis C; the Arkansas Department of Health urges this demographic to get tested.

The department calls it a "silent killer" because the virus could infect someone and not show symptoms for more than 20 years. Early detection and treatment of Hepatitis C are the only ways to avoid permanent liver damage and possible death.

Doctors say if you have symptoms like nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice, you should get tested. Hepatitis C contributed to more than 1,500 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012. There are currently no vaccinations for the virus.

Hot springs man charged with domestic battery

Hot springs man charged with domestic battery

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A father in Hot Springs was arrested and charged after allegedly abusing his girlfriend and her one-month-old child.

John Adams was arrested over the weekend and charged with two counts of domestic battery. Police found the woman had injuries to her face, arms, knees and stomach.

In addition, the neighbor that called police told them that Adams knocked the baby's crib over and kicked the child.

Both mother and child were taken to a local hospital.

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Clean up set for Majestic Hotel


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (HS) – Following Wednesday evening's notification from the Environmental Protection Agency that FY 2014 brownfield grant funding was not awarded, the City of Hot Springs continues to pursue multiple avenues to expedite the cleanup and removal of debris from the Majestic Hotel fire.

Currently owned by Gary Hassenflu of Park Properties LLC in Kansas City, what is known as the "yellow brick" or oldest portion of the Majestic Hotel succumbed to fire on February 27, 2014, spurring a multi-agency firefighting effort and leaving behind a massive pile of rubble in downtown Hot Springs after portions of the building posing a public safety threat were demolished.

Officials host event to help find missing people

Officials host event to help find missing people


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An event to help Arkansas families locate their missing loved ones through DNA samples has been scheduled later this week.

The third annual "Never Forgotten - Arkansas Takes Action" event is Thursday in Little Rock. Officials from several agencies, including the Arkansas State Crime Lab and the Arkansas State Police, will help collect DNA samples from attendees.

Aaron Sadler, a spokesman for the state's attorney general, says the event has helped authorities identify a Crittenden County man that had been missing since 2001.

Memphis officials determined that remains found three years ago were those of Earle resident Tommy Lee Newingham.