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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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    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 […]

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    Bridging the Gap Symposium Will Be Held In Springdale

    Between 100 to 200 educators, community leaders and policy makers are expected to attend Thursday’s (June 12) Bridging the Gap for Underserved Students Symposium at the Jones Center. The symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and participants can register at the event. Registration costs $50 and $15 for students. The keynote speakers are former NFL athlete Keith Jackson and Gary Ritter, UA director of the Office for Education Policy. Jackson will address how his program has helped […]

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    Local Man Pleads Not Guilty In Tontitown Stabbing Death

    A 34-year-old Springdale man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (June 11) to participating in the stabbing death of a woman near Tontitown last month, officials said. Lewis Hedges is charged with being an accomplice to capital murder, officials said. He entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment  before a magistrate judge in a courtroom at the Washington County Detention Center. Not guilty pleas are common at arraignments to allow a criminal case to proceed in the legal system. At […]

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    Springdale Gets $825,051 For Mountain Bike Trail

    The Walton Family Foundation has awarded the City of Springdale an $825,051 grant to build a mountain bike trail. The Springdale City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the grant at its regular meeting. Patsy Christie, planning director, said the city must match that amount to pay for the rest of the project. The money would come from the sales tax set aside for park development, she said. The total cost is expected to be $1,650,102. “It’s an exciting opportunity […]

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    Car Crashes Into Fayetteville Restaurant

    A Fayetteville driver loses control of his car and crashes into Ay Caramba Mexican restaurant on Lindell Ave. at 6:20 a.m. Sgt. Craig Stout said Chris Hill, of Fayetteville, was cited for reckless driving and failure to maintain control. Hill was traveling eastbound on Wedington Drive at a high speed, according to Stout.  When he got to Garland Avenue, he hit and bent his suspension on an elevation dip, according to Stout. He lost control of his 2001 Toyota Celica […]

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    Traffic Signal Approved Near Farmington Neighborhood Market

    A traffic signal will be installed on Grace Lane in Farmington, according to Mayor Ernie Penn. It will be near the Walmart Neighborhood Market that’s under construction on Main Street. Penn said there’s a traffic concern in the area because Bob Folsom Elementary School is close to the construction project. There will be an increase in shoppers driving in and out of the store and students crossing the road, he said. The Walmart Neighborhood Market is expected to open in […]

  • Walmart Shareholders Hyped As Musical Talent Took The Stage

    From Grammy award winning artists to actors and musicians, the Walmart Shareholders meeting celebrated its financial gains and its employees. Hip Hop and R&B singer Pharrell Williams took the stage and sang his latest hit, “Happy.” Robin Thicke took the stage next with “Get Her Back.” Pharrel joined him to sing  “Blurred Lines.” Other performances included Sarah McLachlan, Florida George Line and Aloe Blacc. The host of the Walmart Shareholders Meeting was musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. Walmart officials […]

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    Group Protested at Walmart Headquarters

    About 50 protesters were at Walmart’s Home Office in Bentonville. They demanding higher wages from the company ahead of the annual Walmart Shareholders Meeting Friday (June 6). The protesters represent a group called Our Walmart. They are asking the company to pay them at least $25,000 per year, which works out to $12.25 an hour. Currently, the average hourly wage for a sales woman working at Walmart is $10.58. Moronica Owens, an associate from Minnesota, carried her 3-year old son […]

  • Shareholders Meeting Has Humble Beginnings

    The Walmart Shareholders Meeting has brought out big names in past years, but the evolution of the event started with humble beginnings. According to Walmart, The first shareholders meeting took place in 1970 inside a coffee shop near Walmart’s warehouse. Late founder Sam Walton was there along with six shareholders. After that, meetings have been held in various places including the Benton County Fairgrounds, Bentonville High School, and the Walmart home office. This year, there are 14,000 associates and shareholders […]

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    Day 3: Walmart Shareholders Week

    Hundreds of Walmart associates started their day before the sun came up to get breakfast at the UA campus before the day’s festivities. Each country sported their flags and sang in their native language. However, all with one purpose: to support Walmart, which brought them to Northwest Arkansas. One destination spot during their visit in NWA is the Walmart Museum at the Bentonville Square. It’s the town that saw the company start and prosper. Tiffany Norwood, owner of the souvenir […]