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  • Texas town holds 1st Sunday service since church attack

    Texas town holds 1st Sunday service since church attack

    Sunday, November 12 2017 2:56 AM EST2017-11-12 07:56:07 GMT
    Monday, November 13 2017 11:46 AM EST2017-11-13 16:46:39 GMT

    Hundreds of people expected to worship with surviving members of the small Texas church where a shooting rampage left more than two dozen people dead.

    Hundreds of people expected to worship with surviving members of the small Texas church where a shooting rampage left more than two dozen people dead.

  • FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 9:13 AM EST2017-11-07 14:13:05 GMT
    Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:47 PM EST2017-11-07 23:47:37 GMT
    The federal disaster agency is rethinking its policy that routinely denies aid to religious institutions if the money will be used to rebuild sanctuaries damaged or destroyed in natural disasters.
    The federal disaster agency is rethinking its policy that routinely denies aid to religious institutions if the money will be used to rebuild sanctuaries damaged or destroyed in natural disasters.
  • Baptist group offers to cover funeral expenses for all Sutherland Springs shooting victims

    Baptist group offers to cover funeral expenses for all Sutherland Springs shooting victims

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 1:22 PM EST2017-11-07 18:22:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Meredith Cooper, right, and her daughter Heather, 8, visit a line of crosses before a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip). Meredith Cooper, right, and her daughter Heather, 8, visit a line of crosses before a vigil for the victims of the First Baptist Church shooting, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

    The funeral expenses for the victims of the Sutherland Springs, TX church shooting will be paid for by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) on behalf of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, according to the Baptist Press. 

    The funeral expenses for the victims of the Sutherland Springs, TX church shooting will be paid for by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) on behalf of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, according to the Baptist Press. 

  • 26 dead in Texas shooting, details emerge about gunman's past

    26 dead in Texas shooting, details emerge about gunman's past

    Sunday, November 5 2017 2:11 PM EST2017-11-05 19:11:29 GMT
    Monday, November 6 2017 12:11 AM EST2017-11-06 05:11:30 GMT

    One of those killed was the pastor's 14-year-old daughter, her mother told CNN, as well as a pregnant mother of three.

    One of those killed was the pastor's 14-year-old daughter, her mother told CNN, as well as a pregnant mother of three.

  • Church hopes to build onto food ministry

    Church hopes to build onto food ministry

    Thursday, November 2 2017 9:36 PM EDT2017-11-03 01:36:05 GMT
    Thursday, November 2 2017 9:51 PM EDT2017-11-03 01:51:37 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Sharp County church is hoping a new building will help them grow their food pantry ministry.

    A Sharp County church is hoping a new building will help them grow their food pantry ministry.

  • Demolition continues to on former Blessed Sacrament building

    Demolition continues to on former Blessed Sacrament building

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 10:37 PM EDT2017-11-01 02:37:41 GMT
    Tuesday, October 31 2017 10:47 PM EDT2017-11-01 02:47:11 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Jonesboro building is becoming a piece of history to make room for the future.

    A Jonesboro building is becoming a piece of history to make room for the future.

  • Church reportedly broken into, nothing taken

    Church reportedly broken into, nothing taken

    Thursday, October 19 2017 9:27 AM EDT2017-10-19 13:27:37 GMT
    Thursday, October 19 2017 12:06 PM EDT2017-10-19 16:06:23 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    A deputy was called out after someone reportedly forced their way into to a place of worship.

    A deputy was called out after someone reportedly forced their way into to a place of worship.

  • A Better Region 8 Guest: CityYouth Ministries' Grand Re-opening

    A Better Region 8 Guest: CityYouth Ministries' Grand Re-opening

    Monday, October 9 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-10-09 21:32:47 GMT
    Monday, October 9 2017 5:41 PM EDT2017-10-09 21:41:39 GMT
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    If you agree that spiritual and physical awareness, fine arts opportunities, as well as snacks and nutritious meals for children, are all important for a “Better Region 8,” then you want to listen carefully to the most significant way that you can partner with CityYouth Ministries.

    If you agree that spiritual and physical awareness, fine arts opportunities, as well as snacks and nutritious meals for children, are all important for a “Better Region 8,” then you want to listen carefully to the most significant way that you can partner with CityYouth Ministries.

  • 'Jesus opened my eyes': American Samoa child's vision restored through gifted surgery

    'Jesus opened my eyes': American Samoa child's vision restored through gifted surgery

    Monday, October 9 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-10-09 20:58:23 GMT
    Lourdes "Lila" Iputi (Source: WIS)Lourdes "Lila" Iputi (Source: WIS)

    While her spoken English is spotty at best, 8-year-old Lourdes (Lila) Iputi’s rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” is about as perfect as perfect gets. 

    While her spoken English is spotty at best, 8-year-old Lourdes (Lila) Iputi’s rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” is about as perfect as perfect gets. 

  • City Youth Ministries to hold grand re-opening

    City Youth Ministries to hold grand re-opening

    Sunday, October 8 2017 3:02 PM EDT2017-10-08 19:02:49 GMT
    Sunday, October 8 2017 7:08 PM EDT2017-10-08 23:08:00 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    City Youth Ministries has been open for over a decade, but soon they will hold a grand re-opening.

    City Youth Ministries has been open for over a decade, but soon they will hold a grand re-opening.

  • Church trains for active shooters, other emergencies

    Church trains for active shooters, other emergencies

    Saturday, October 7 2017 9:02 PM EDT2017-10-08 01:02:45 GMT
    Sunday, October 8 2017 8:23 AM EDT2017-10-08 12:23:07 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A Paragould church hosted a security seminar Saturday to help members know what to do in an emergency.

    A Paragould church hosted a security seminar Saturday to help members know what to do in an emergency.

  • Pastor: Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro withdraws plans to transform facility

    Pastor: Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro withdraws plans to transform facility

    Friday, October 6 2017 12:24 PM EDT2017-10-06 16:24:13 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro has withdrawn their request to place a homeless shelter at a former nursing home on North Church Street.

    The Homeless Ministries of Jonesboro has withdrawn their request to place a homeless shelter at a former nursing home on North Church Street.

  • Church learns member working with children is registered sex offender

    Church learns member working with children is registered sex offender

    Wednesday, October 4 2017 8:59 PM EDT2017-10-05 00:59:11 GMT
    Wednesday, October 4 2017 11:41 PM EDT2017-10-05 03:41:00 GMT
    Jason Dean Teeter  (Source: White County Sheriff's Department via Vinelink)Jason Dean Teeter (Source: White County Sheriff's Department via Vinelink)

    Member of a small church in White County are stunned to find out a churchgoer who worked with children is a registered sex offender.

    Member of a small church in White County are stunned to find out a churchgoer who worked with children is a registered sex offender.

  • Time capsule discovered in soon to be demolished church

    Time capsule discovered in soon to be demolished church

    Wednesday, October 4 2017 10:18 PM EDT2017-10-05 02:18:09 GMT
    (Source: Molli Shull Beaverstock)(Source: Molli Shull Beaverstock)

    A decades-old church in downtown Jonesboro will soon be no more.  There have long been some unanswered questions about its history...until now. 

    A decades-old church in downtown Jonesboro will soon be no more.  There have long been some unanswered questions about its history...until now. 

  • Blessed Sacrament holds last Mass at old church

    Blessed Sacrament holds last Mass at old church

    Sunday, October 1 2017 7:10 PM EDT2017-10-01 23:10:10 GMT
    Sunday, October 1 2017 7:49 PM EDT2017-10-01 23:49:20 GMT
    Blessed Sacrament held its last Mass services Sunday at its church on Church Street in Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT)Blessed Sacrament held its last Mass services Sunday at its church on Church Street in Jonesboro. (Source: KAIT)

    It was an emotional Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro as church members said goodbye to their longtime building. 

    It was an emotional Sunday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro as church members said goodbye to their longtime building. 

  • Restaurant hit with religious discrimination lawsuit after waitress fired over denim skirt

    Restaurant hit with religious discrimination lawsuit after waitress fired over denim skirt

    Wednesday, September 27 2017 3:53 PM EDT2017-09-27 19:53:41 GMT
    Source: Georgia BlueSource: Georgia Blue

    The lawsuit, filed Monday, states that in October 2015, Kaetoya Watkins was hired to be a waitress at the Flowood location. After noticing the dress code policy before her first scheduled day of work, Watkins reportedly told the restaurant that her religion prevented her from wearing pants, as required by the dress code policy. 

    The lawsuit, filed Monday, states that in October 2015, Kaetoya Watkins was hired to be a waitress at the Flowood location. After noticing the dress code policy before her first scheduled day of work, Watkins reportedly told the restaurant that her religion prevented her from wearing pants, as required by the dress code policy. 

  • Security key at church services

    Security key at church services

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-09-26 23:51:38 GMT
    Tuesday, September 26 2017 8:17 PM EDT2017-09-27 00:17:54 GMT
    First Baptist Church in Jonesboro (Source: KAIT)First Baptist Church in Jonesboro (Source: KAIT)

    The recent shooting at a church in Antioch, Tennessee has people looking at the issue of security, especially in houses of worship. 

    The recent shooting at a church in Antioch, Tennessee has people looking at the issue of security, especially in houses of worship. 

  • Opposing team's fans chant Lord's Prayer after loudspeaker prayer banned in AL county

    Opposing team's fans chant Lord's Prayer after loudspeaker prayer banned in AL county

    Sunday, September 24 2017 1:02 PM EDT2017-09-24 17:02:03 GMT
    (Source: Dave Platta/WTVM)(Source: Dave Platta/WTVM)

    The players of Smiths Station High School's football team got a friendly surprise from their opponents this Friday night. As the loud speaker announced a moment of silence before the game, the Central High School student section began reciting the Lord's Prayer, loudly.

    The players of Smiths Station High School's football team got a friendly surprise from their opponents this Friday night. As the loud speaker announced a moment of silence before the game, the Central High School student section began reciting the Lord's Prayer, loudly.

  • A Better Region 8: Proving our young generation is not lost

    A Better Region 8: Proving our young generation is not lost

    Thursday, September 14 2017 5:07 PM EDT2017-09-14 21:07:58 GMT
    Thursday, September 14 2017 5:16 PM EDT2017-09-14 21:16:11 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    With every new generation comes the same complaints from the older folks.  This generation is lost. They only think about themselves. It seems that this generation of young people is more interested in taking selfies than being selfless. 

    With every new generation comes the same complaints from the older folks.  This generation is lost. They only think about themselves. It seems that this generation of young people is more interested in taking selfies than being selfless. 

  • 13-year-old gunshot victim dances again

    13-year-old gunshot victim dances again

    Monday, September 11 2017 6:40 AM EDT2017-09-11 10:40:25 GMT
    Monday, September 11 2017 7:07 AM EDT2017-09-11 11:07:42 GMT

    Hoping to inspire other kids to never give up on their dreams, a 13-year-old that was shot in both legs in May made a triumphant return to the stage Saturday.

    Hoping to inspire other kids to never give up on their dreams, a 13-year-old that was shot in both legs in May made a triumphant return to the stage Saturday.

  • Church celebrates 150th anniversary

    Church celebrates 150th anniversary

    Sunday, August 27 2017 3:17 PM EDT2017-08-27 19:17:10 GMT
    Sunday, August 27 2017 3:48 PM EDT2017-08-27 19:48:42 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Christian Valley Christian Church celebrated their 150th anniversary on Sunday.

    Christian Valley Christian Church celebrated their 150th anniversary on Sunday.

  • JPD: Lawnmower stolen from church

    JPD: Lawnmower stolen from church

    Sunday, August 27 2017 2:31 PM EDT2017-08-27 18:31:07 GMT
    Sunday, August 27 2017 2:41 PM EDT2017-08-27 18:41:46 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Officers spent Sunday looking for the person who stole a $9,000 lawnmower from a Jonesboro church, according to a Jonesboro Police Department report. 

    Officers spent Sunday looking for the person who stole a $9,000 lawnmower from a Jonesboro church, according to a Jonesboro Police Department report. 

  • Church hosts event to reach more children

    Church hosts event to reach more children

    Saturday, August 26 2017 8:04 PM EDT2017-08-27 00:04:41 GMT
    Saturday, August 26 2017 8:19 PM EDT2017-08-27 00:19:50 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Kids in Bay had a blast at a church’s Kids Fest on Saturday.

    Kids in Bay had a blast at a church’s Kids Fest on Saturday.

  • Pastor sets out to change the world, one smile at a time

    Pastor sets out to change the world, one smile at a time

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 7:13 PM EDT2017-08-16 23:13:13 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:22 PM EDT2017-08-17 01:22:53 GMT
    Pastor Rick Kimery visits Bernice Simmons Wednesday in Marked Tree. (Source: KAIT)Pastor Rick Kimery visits Bernice Simmons Wednesday in Marked Tree. (Source: KAIT)

    A Marked Tree pastor ventures out every day in hopes to change the world.

    A Marked Tree pastor ventures out every day in hopes to change the world.

  • 13- and 14-year-old charged with painting racial slur on pastor's SUV

    13- and 14-year-old charged with painting racial slur on pastor's SUV

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-08-16 02:00:18 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Collierville Police Department charged two people with vandalism after racist graffiti was written on a car outside Collierville High School.

    Collierville Police Department charged two people with vandalism after racist graffiti was written on a car outside Collierville High School.

  • Trio accused of delivering drug-filled Bible to jail

    Trio accused of delivering drug-filled Bible to jail

    Wednesday, August 9 2017 11:47 AM EDT2017-08-09 15:47:40 GMT
    Wednesday, August 9 2017 12:05 PM EDT2017-08-09 16:05:08 GMT
    Kevin Eugene Burch (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office)Kevin Eugene Burch (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office)

    In addition to the original Ten Commandments, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has another one for suspects: Thou shalt not hide illegal drugs in the Holy Bible.

    In addition to the original Ten Commandments, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office has another one for suspects: Thou shalt not hide illegal drugs in the Holy Bible.

  • Trumann man celebrates 100th birthday

    Trumann man celebrates 100th birthday

    Sunday, August 6 2017 6:18 PM EDT2017-08-06 22:18:12 GMT
    Sunday, August 6 2017 6:36 PM EDT2017-08-06 22:36:51 GMT
    Jules Martin celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday in Trumann. (Source: KAIT)Jules Martin celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday in Trumann. (Source: KAIT)

    Jules Martin said Sunday that the secret to a full, happy life is being young at heart and enjoying music.

    Jules Martin said Sunday that the secret to a full, happy life is being young at heart and enjoying music.

  • Church hopes to clothe children in need

    Church hopes to clothe children in need

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 12:05 AM EDT2017-08-01 04:05:59 GMT
    Tuesday, August 1 2017 9:57 AM EDT2017-08-01 13:57:06 GMT
    Norma Sharp, Freda Metheny and  Marie George fold clothes. (Source: Monette Church of Christ)Norma Sharp, Freda Metheny and Marie George fold clothes. (Source: Monette Church of Christ)

    Going back-to-school can get expensive and, for some families, it is cost prohibitive. But, members of a local church are making it their mission to help ease the burden for families of children who need clothing for the new school year.

    Going back-to-school can get expensive and, for some families, it is cost prohibitive. But, members of a local church are making it their mission to help ease the burden for families of children who need clothing for the new school year.

  • Grave site vandalized multiple times

    Grave site vandalized multiple times

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 10:23 PM EDT2017-05-31 02:23:38 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-05-31 03:07:25 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    The Craighead County Sheriff's Office is investigating a vandalism report that happened Sunday evening at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery. 

    The Craighead County Sheriff's Office is investigating a vandalism report that happened Sunday evening at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery. 

  • A Better Region 8 Guest: 'Fishing for Fosters' this Saturday

    A Better Region 8 Guest: 'Fishing for Fosters' this Saturday

    Friday, July 14 2017 12:47 PM EDT2017-07-14 16:47:25 GMT
    Friday, July 14 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-07-14 16:58:32 GMT
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    DHS is “fishing” for new foster families, mentors, and volunteers in Greene County. Right now, the county has nearly 170 children in foster care, with only about 40 active foster homes.

    DHS is “fishing” for new foster families, mentors, and volunteers in Greene County. Right now, the county has nearly 170 children in foster care, with only about 40 active foster homes.

  • Shepherd of the Hills to continue

    Shepherd of the Hills to continue

    Thursday, July 13 2017 6:59 PM EDT2017-07-13 22:59:51 GMT
    Thursday, July 13 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-07-14 00:22:27 GMT
    Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, Mo. (Source: KSPR)Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, Mo. (Source: KSPR)

    A long-running show in Branson will debut next year with new plans as well as an opportunity for people to enjoy the show's zipline ride. 

    A long-running show in Branson will debut next year with new plans as well as an opportunity for people to enjoy the show's zipline ride. 

  • Ark Encounter denies turning woman with service dog away

    Update: Ark Encounter denies turning woman, service dog away

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 10:31 AM EDT2017-06-28 14:31:59 GMT
    FOX19 NOW/fileFOX19 NOW/file

    An Alabama woman claims her family and their service dog Gizzy were denied access to the Ark Encounter, a Noah's Ark exhibit in Williamstown.

    An Alabama woman claims her family and their service dog Gizzy were denied access to the Ark Encounter, a Noah's Ark exhibit in Williamstown.

  • Suspect arrested after Ten Commandments monument destroyed

    Suspect arrested after Ten Commandments monument destroyed

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 7:24 AM EDT2017-06-28 11:24:01 GMT
    Wednesday, June 28 2017 1:32 PM EDT2017-06-28 17:32:12 GMT

    A religious monument was destroyed less than 24 hours after it was installed at the state Capitol in Little Rock.

    A religious monument was destroyed less than 24 hours after it was installed at the state Capitol in Little Rock.

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