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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.

Trial underway in Garland Co. nightclub slaying

Trial underway in Garland Co. nightclub slaying

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A trial is underway for a 25-year-old man charged with murder in connection with a 2012 New Year's Day shooting death at a Garland City nightclub.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that a jury of nine women and three men are hearing testimony in the case of James Williams. Williams faces up to life in prison if found guilty of murder in the shooting death of 45-year-old George Eugene Foster following an altercation at G Spot nightclub.

Officials say Foster wasn't involved in the altercation in the parking lot but exited at the wrong moment.

Prosecutors say James Williams' brothers helped him flee the parking lot after the shooting.

On Monday, jurors heard the nightclub owner call 911 to report a fight appeared to be getting out of hand.

My Town Hero: Greenbrier man starts prison ministry

My Town Hero: Greenbrier man starts prison ministry

GREENBRIER, Ark. (KTHV) - This week's My Town Hero is striving to make his community better, and hoping to save lives along the way. Eddie Kelso, of Greenbrier, said he simply saw a need and decided to do something about it.

"3.2 percent of our adult population is in jail, probation, or incarcerated. That's one out of every 31 adults in America doing some time,” said Kelso, a pastor for 17 years who has witnessed the grim reality of life behind bars. "I'm seeing them destroying their lives, and it's such a waste."

Kelso turned his vision of starting a prison ministry into a reality. Four years ago he became a Certified Religious Assistant in Arkansas prisons. He and his wife Joy, then created "Know the Truth about Prison Ministry" in effort to reach inmates and their families. Today he continues to travel from one prison to the next, volunteering his time to try and prevent inmates from becoming repeat offenders.

The Longest Day 2014: Helping those with Alzheimer's

The Longest Day 2014: Helping those with Alzheimer's

On The Longest Day, teams around the world come together to honor the strenght, passion, and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's with a day of activity.

Man dies in boat collision on Lake Hamilton

Man dies in boat collision on Lake Hamilton

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A man is dead after a boating accident on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs.

The Garland County Sheriff said the accident happened just before midnight Saturday near Smyly's Crab Shack and Central Avenue Causeway. Initial reports indicated that two boats collided on the busy lake.

The sheriff said Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has taken over the investigation, and neither agency has said if anyone has been charged as a result of the accident.

The identity of the man killed has not been released.

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - I spent the day visiting Pine Bluff, walking around and going to different visitor centers. Before I visited the area, I posted on Facebook that I was going to Pine Bluff (See original post: http://on.kthv.com/1jbwVrA). Based on some comments left by folks there, I half-expected to find a city in shambles, with decrepit buildings and sporting a mere shadow of a by-gone era. I was pleasantly surprised to find exactly the opposite.

Zendaya to Open 2014 Concert Series at Magic Springs

Disney star and recording artist, Zendaya, will perform at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park on Saturday, May 31. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

Her debut album, “Zendaya” and the lead single “Replay” reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 18 in New Zealand.  “Replay” has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Zendaya starred in the Disney series, “Shake it Up” and the movie “Frenemies.” She has charted hits including "Watch Me," a duet with her co-star Bella Thorne that charted on Billboard's Hot 100.

Most recently, Disney announced that she will star and co-produce in a new series set for the fall, Super Awesome Katy.” Zendaya will also star in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Zapped” which premieres this summer.