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The Shout Heard 'Round the World?

The crowd gathered at the communitywide pep rally shows its enthusiasm for Searcy being in contention to win the competition to appear on the eight-episode series broadcast by Hulu. Searcy was announced as one of the top 10 in December, while the top five will be selected after the producers complete site visits to each of the cities. A winner will be selected in February through a public vote, with six businesses then selected to take part in a $500,000 makeover.


   

Hitting child in face draws probation

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
A 31-year-old Beebe man who admitted to striking his 4-year-old in the face was given seven years of supervised probation earlier this month in White County Circuit Court.
Cody Nicholas Chastain accepted a negotiated . . . more »

   

Negotiations expected at hearing

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
Possible plea negotiations surround a Jan. 29 court date in Dallas County, Texas, for the former police officerwho killed Harding University graduate Botham Shem Jean, according to court officials.
Amber Renee Guyger . . . more »

   

County judge to speak at King Jr. Celebration

By Sha Johnson Sjohnson@thedailycitizen.com
White County Judge Michael Lincoln "has always been a part" of the Kensett Civic Awareness Club's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, but he had never been chosen to be the featured speaker until this year, according to t . . . more »

   

Lockdown follows shots fired report

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
A report of shots fired to the Searcy Police Department late Thursday afternoon resulted in Southwest Middle School and the Searcy Learning Center being put on soft lockdown for 11 minutes until the area was deemed sa . . . more »

   

Negotiations expected at hearing

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
Possible plea negotiations surround a Jan. 29 court date in Dallas County, Texas, for the former police officerwho killed Harding University graduate Botham Shem Jean, according to court officials.
Amber Renee Guyger . . . more »

   

Pangburn overspent by $24,000

By Sha Johnson Sjohnson@thedailycitizen.com
The city of Pangburn overspent its 2018 budget by $24,000, according to Mayor Michael Marsh, who said that somewhere between 2017 and 2018, the budget "went off the rails."
"In 2017," Marsh said, "we had a total income of . . . more »

   

'Socio-emotional' program being tested at ninth-grade level

By Sha Johnson Sjohnson@thedailycitizen.com
While technology is an important part of education, the Searcy School District also is focused on the "socio-emotional" success of its students, according to officials, with the high school having started a program called . . . more »

   

No parole eligibility for rapist

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
A 27-year-old Searcy man will "serve every day of a 26-year sentence" after pleading guilty Tuesday -- a day before his scheduled pretrial -- to rape, kidnapping and first-degree battery, according to 17th Judicial Di . . . more »

   

Thai Nguyen

By Sha Johnson Sjohnson@thedailycitizen.com
Childhood memories from Vietnam are the reason Thai Nguyen loves the ocean and the South.
"We came to America because my father was a captain for South Vietnam," Nguyen said. "In 1968, he came to the U.S. [and] went to s . . . more »

   

Multiple batteries net 120 days in jail

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
A 38-year-old Searcy man who pleaded guilty to four charges, including two domestic batteries, was sentenced to 120 days in jail earlier this month.
Timothy Dale Dillard Jr. accepted an agreement in White County Circu . . . more »

   

Special judge requested

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
A special judge has been requested from Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp after all three of the county's circuit judges recused themselves from presiding over a class action suit against White County Dist . . . more »

   

Softball organization going to bat for Heritage Park

By Sha Johnson Sjohnson@thedailycitizen.com
The city of Judsonia is looking into contracting with a softball organization that has expressed interest in fixing up Judsonia's Heritage Park "at no cost to the city" and receiving permission to operate the ball fields . . . more »

   

Gibbs' widow recommended

By Tracy Whitaker Twhitaker@thedailycitizen.com
The White County Quorum Court is recommending to Gov. Asa Hutchinson that Rachel Gibbs be appointed to take her late husband's place as a justice of the peace.
Ron Gibbs died Dec. 18 on the day of the Quorum Court mee . . . more »