The city of Fayetteville was named the 2013 Arkansas Volunteer Community of the Year. This is the 5th year Fayetteville has recieved the award Officials reported that Fayetteville volunteers logged more than 650,000 hours of community service last year. Volunteer projects ranged from supporting the city’s animal shelter and working on the city’s parks and trails, to addressing the problem of food insecurity by working with food pantries, feeding programs and community gardens. Fayetteville has been recognized as a volunteer community 8 times since 1982.
University of Arkansas students hoping to get everything on their Christmas list from Santa this year are in luck! The big man himself is coming to the U of A! This Wednesday (December 4th) Santa Claus will be available for pictures in the Arkansas Student Union’s Connections Lounge from 12:00-4:00. University Programs is hosting the event which is free to any current U of A students.
The fluffiest member of the National Zoo now has a name! The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. pulled out all the stops for the naming ceremony of its 100 day old Panda cub yesterday afternoon. More than 120,000 people cast their votes for the cub’s name online Out of five options, the winning name is Bao Bao. The name means precious and treasure in Chinese. Bao Bao is pronounced bow-BOW. The next step for baby Bao Bao will be when she makes her public debut sometime next year.
The University of Arkansas Soccer team will be taking on Saint John in the second round of the NCAA tournament this Friday, so now’s as good a time as ever to learn a little more about the Red Storm. Saint John’s is coming off a big 3 to 1 upset of national three seed UCF in the first round. Like the Razorbacks, this was Saint John’s first ever NCAA Tournament win. Ashleigh Ellenwood and company will need to look out for Rachel Daly. The forward has scored 59% of her team’s goals this season with a whopping 23. Game time…
Virginia police are investigating a stabbing attack on a senator as an attempted murder and suicide by his son. Creigh Deeds (VA-D) was reported to be in fair condition after being hospitalized from stab wounds Tuesday. Authorities said Deeds left the home on foot after being stabbed multiple times and walked until he was spotted by his cousin, who was passing by. They went to the cousin’s house to call 911. Deeds was then taken to the hospital. His son, Gus, was found dead at their home with a gunshot wound to the head say police officials. The case is being…
After being arrested yesterday for pointing a gun at his girlfriend, George Zimmerman has been released on a $9,000 bail. Not only did he have to pay bail, but Zimmerman also had to agree not to possess any more weapons. Zimmerman was released this afternoon from John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Florida, but he did not speak to the media.
With the amount of people traveling during the holidays, Arkansas police say they are teaming up with other states and will be cracking down on seatbelt violators. State troopers plan strict enforcement on Interstate 40, and will be working with other states along the I-40 corridor. 63% of driving fatalities are due to people not wearing their seatbelts. Due to this high percentage, Arkansas police hope by enforcing click-it or ticket, they can save more lives.
George Zimmerman is back behind bars in Florida today. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says he was arrested this afternoon after deputies were called to his home due to a distrubance call. Further details about the arrest have not yet been released. Since being acquitted earlier this year of murder and manslaughter during the Trayvon Martin trial, Zimmerman has also been pulled over twice for speeding.
According to the Springdale Police Department, an unknown person threw a rock at a Springdale school bus this afternoon. The rock shattered a window while about 15 to 20 students were on board. Police received the call from a Springdale School District safety official. Officers responded to the scene, but were unable to locate a suspect. Police have confirmed that no children were hurt in the incident.
University of Arkansas music professor James Greeson was honored by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences with an Emmy for his original score in the documentary Up Among the Hills: The story of Fayetteville. Greeson accepted the award at the 37th Annual Mid-America Emmy Gala. Up Among the Hills was written and directed by U of A journalism professor Larry Foley, and narrated by former resident of Fayetteville and President of the United States, Bill Clinton.