Monthly Archives: December 2016

Head-On Collision Kills Two


Two men are dead following a head-on collision in White County Tuesday.

Arkansas State Police say 39-year old Kevin J. Gray, of Judsonia and 46-year old Robert W. Adams, of Bradford, were killed in the accident.

Increased Patrols For Holiday Weekend


It’s the final weekend of the holiday season and Searcy police will be out looking for drunk drivers as part of the special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization.

Searcy Police Chief Eric Webb says you will see stepped up enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired as officers want to keep the roads safe for holiday travelers, so the department will have a zero tolerance for drunk driving.

Conway Man Appeals 80 Year Sentence

A Faulkner County man sentenced to 80 years in prison earlier this month has appealed his conviction.

29-year old Gary Robinson Jr., of Conway, was found guilty by a Faulkner County jury December 1st on charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of firearms by certain persons and theft by receiving.

Two Arrested For Pipe Bomb


The names of the two men arrested for having a pipe bomb in Sharp County have not been released.

The Hardy Police Department and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the discovery of homemade explosives found in a vehicle early yesterday.  Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose says two men have been taken into custody after an officer pulled over the driver on Highway 62/412 at Holden Lane at about 3:40AM Wednesday morning for fictitious tags.

PN Class Achieves 94.1% Pass Rate On State Exam

The 2015-16 licensed practical nursing class at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville achieved a near perfect pass rate on the state licensure exam with 94.1% of the class passing the exam. This is the highest pass rate reported for the program in the last eight years. The nursing faculty credit some new approaches in the classroom as well as excellent administrative leadership to the program’s success.

“Mrs. Marietta Candler has provided great leadership and guidance to the faculty,” said Kelly Stone, LPN program faculty member. “I don’t think we would be as successful as we are without her leadership.”

Faculty began utilizing adaptive quizzing and conducting a learning style inventory with students. The adaptive quizzing accompanies the lessons for the week and provides additional review for the students.

“The quizzes show you what questions you miss so you know where you are weak and where you need to study more,” said Novie Dempster, a current LPN student. “You can retake it as many times as you need to so you can really understand the material.”

Stone said the adaptive quizzes help students better understand the concepts being taught in class and how to apply them. She added the learning style inventory shows students what type of learner they are and what study methods work best for them.

“I was surprised to learn that I’m a visual learner,” Dempster said. “Knowing what type of learner I am helps me know how I need to study.”

Brenda Bishop, simulation coordinator, said that more hands-on practical application was being utilized in the program and more faculty had been added for the clinical portion of the program.

“We have a smaller student-to-teacher ratio on the clinical side now, which allows the students to receive more one-on-one interaction with the instructors,” Bishop said.

Stone added that the program had also been split into theory and practicum portions.

“It’s been easier for the students to understand the information being presented having the theory and practicum portions separated. It’s similar to having a biology class supported by a biology lab,” Stone said.

Ashley Ball, LPN program faculty member, said faculty had attended multiple conferences focusing on a variety of topics including teaching styles, preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination and developing test questions.

“We also attended a conference that focused on testing online in Blackboard, which was helpful because the state board exams are given online,” Ball said.

The practical nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, and the registered nursing program is approved by the state board and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing through 2020.

“I couldn’t be happier with the PN faculty’s efforts to increase the pass rates. They have spent countless hours exploring methods to increase the quality of the program and success of the students,” said Marietta Candler, nursing and allied health division chair. “We have confidence the pass rate will continue to exceed state and national averages.”

For more information on the LPN, registered nursing, certified nursing assistant or emergency medical technician programs at UACCB, call the Nursing and Allied Health division at 870-612-2071.

Little Rock Doubles Reward To $40,000

The City of Little Rock is increasing the amount of a reward in the November shooting death of a 2-year-old girl to $40,000.

The reward is for the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the shooting that killed Ramiya Reed, who was riding along with her mother and others in a vehicle on South Harrison Street the night of Nov. 22 when shots were fired at their vehicle. No suspect has been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.

Shooting Victim Identified


The Arkansas State Police is continuing its investigating of the officer involved shooting that occurred Sunday in Independence County near the Desha community south of Batesville.

Authorities have identified the victim as 33–year old Joseph Garcia, of Collinsville, Mississippi. 

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