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Jocelyne Pruna joined the 5NEWS team in October 2011 and is super excited to stay in Northwest Arkansas. She was born in Miami, Florida but has called Fayetteville home since 2000.

She graduated from Fayetteville High School with high honors and received her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science with a minor in Spanish at the University of Arkansas. At the U of A, she made the Dean’s List, received the Broadcast Education Association Scholarship, and the Trish Joyner Journalism Scholarship.

Before joining the 5NEWS team, she worked for La Prensa Libre where she contributed to the newspaper since 2006. She worked for KUAF, the local NPR affiliate, producing on air public service announcements. She also worked for Univision Arkansas covering Northwest Arkansas, the River Valley, and Little Rock.

Her passion, other than news, is encouraging students to get a college education

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    Golf Course At LPGA Is “Playable” After Rain

    The heavy rains Wednesday (June 25) cancelled some of the Pro-Am games at the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship Presented by P and G.  The golf course maintenance suffered slightly, according to Chase Turpin, golf course superintendent. Turpin said the rain pushed back mowing. He said they were only able to get to the greens. He said if the sun continues today (June 26), it should dry out the course. His crew plans to mow the fairways, which haven’t been touched […]

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    LPGA Attracts Young Golfers With Kid’s Zone

    The Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship Presented by P and G isn’t just for the pros and their adult fans. Children can visit the Walmart Kid’s Center and practice their swing. This year the kid’s zone more than doubled its size. It’s near the 16th green at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. ”It is fun and it’s very inviting.,” said Carson Hunsucker, 11. “They basically let you do whatever you want to do.” They added a put put area with […]

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    Record Number of Volunteers at LPGA

      There’s an army of volunteers behind the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship Presented by P and G and this year that army is larger than ever before, according to LPGA staff. There are about 700 volunteers signed up.   “We’ve never had this many volunteers and we just really appreciate the outpouring from the community,” said James Taylor, a volunteer himself.  “It’s turned into such a great event, it’s grown and it’s continuing to grow.”   James Taylor has been […]

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    Science Behind LPGA Groundskeeper

    Chase Turpin is the lead man when it comes to grooming the 18-hole golf course for the Walmart NW Championship Presented by P and G. He turns on the lights of the driving range at 4:30 a.m. and sends out his crew of 25 with equipment. Most golf course superintendents have a background in science. They need to be experts with the fertilizers and chemicals they use, Turpin said. “It’s not just send out a bunch of mowers out and […]

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    Driver Detained In DWI Arrest After Hitting Gas Main

    Springdale police arrested Olson Lejjena, 29, Monday (June 23) on suspicion of DWI and failure to submit to a breath test. Lejjena crashed into a gas main at the intersection of Old Wire Road and Dodd Avenue causing a gas leak. The single-vehicle accident happened around 2:15 a.m., according to authorities. Source Gas crews were at the site for hours repairing the damaged gas main. Early in the morning, they deemed the gas leak safe and didn’t evacuate any homes […]

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    Deceased Victim Identified In Highway Accident Near Gentry

    The deceased victim from  a car accident on Highway 59 just south of Gentry this morning (June 20) has been identified. Sophia Asencio-Porter, 18, of Gentry was identified as the deceased victim from the accident, according to a report from Arkansas State Police. Asencio-Porter was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima, the report states. Arkansas State Police were called to the scene shortly before 4:30 a.m. The accident involved a Simmons semi-truck, and the left side of the truck was damaged. […]

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    AR Air & Military Museum Struggles Financially

    The Arkansas Air and Military Museum is organizing “Airport Day” Saturday (June 21) to promote its historic airplanes. They are having a hard time paying for their operations due to a decrease in visitors, according to its board of directors. Airport Day will include tours, pancakes in the morning and hamburgers and hot dogs in the afternoon. The food is included in the price of admission. The Arkansas Air and Military Museum opened in 1986. Their collection includes airplanes from […]

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    XNA Approves Its 20-Year Master Plan

    The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport has a plan for the next two decades. XNA Board members unanimously approved a master plan with future projects and upgrades. It’s about 400 pages long with an outline on construction projects and a tentative financial plan. The projects are expected to cost about $200 million. Executive Director Scott Van Laningham said projects include a new airport access road, a parking deck and the growth of the car rental operations. The money for most of the […]

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    Centerton Walmart Neighborhood Market Opens

    The Centerton Walmart Neighborhood Market opened Wednesday (June 18) with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Mayor Bill Edwards is expected to give a few words and Walmart will give the town a $6,000 grant. The new store created 95 jobs. The company placed Store Manager Donna Shultz in charge of this neighborhood market store #6953. “I’m so excited to be able to serve the community of Centerton,” Shultz said. “It has been a wonderful partnership so far.” She’s […]

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    Springdale Announces $2.6 Million Program To Create New Jobs

    The Springdale Chamber of Commerce announced a $2.6 million program to create new jobs on Tuesday (June 17). The event was held at the Fairlane Station event venue at 108 Graham Street. The plan is called Ignite Springdale, and it aims to create 3,700 jobs, recruit technology firms with a total investment approaching $5 million, and re-tool workforce training. Ignite Springdale focuses on four separate initiatives. The four initiatives are: Growing Technology Retention and Expansion Workforce Training Springdale Pride The first initiative […]

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    Victim Identified In Sonora Car Accident

    The identity of the deceased victim in a vehicle accident that took place in Sonora late Sunday night (June 15) has been released, according to Washington County deputies. Lorianne Gillespie, 24, of Springdale has been named as the victim, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the accident happened around 10 p.m.  near the Blue Springs Bridge. The vehicle, a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, failed to negotiate a curve just after crossing the bridge, authorities said. The vehicle then left […]

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    6 Arrested In Check-Washing Scheme After Mail Nabbed From Mail Boxes

    Six Washington County forgery suspects are behind bars following a joint investigation into a check-washing scheme in which local residents’ mail and checks were reportedly stolen from their mail boxes. Tracie Farmer, Benjamin Ramsfield, Neriah Ruth and Timothy Allen were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of forgery and other various potential charges. Farmer was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $8,180 bond, while Ramsfield’s bond was set at $16,132.50. Ruth has a $100,000 bond, and Allen’s bond was set […]