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Miss Arkansas pageant this week in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The 2012 Miss Arkansas pageant begins this week in Hot Springs.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://is.gd/PEaUZ9 ) that the 47 contestants arrived Sunday for the festivities. This year, more than $87,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Preliminaries begin Wednesday night and run through Sunday at Summit Arena. The finals are 7 p.m. Saturday, when outgoing Miss Arkansas Kristen Glover will crown the new winner.

Organizers say this year's pageant features 25 newcomers.

This year's event marks the 75th anniversary of the pageant. Portraits of previous Miss Arkansas winners will be on display, along with their gowns and crowns.

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Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com

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Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with LRFW

Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with LRFW

(July 6, 2012) Little Rock, AR - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is teaming up for the second consecutive year with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA), as its non-profit partner.

Last year, LRFW partnered with BBBSCA to help recruit more mentors, raise funds, and bring more community awareness to BBBSCA's goals of providing "children facing adversity with strong and enduring one on one professionally supported relationships." For Campbell, who was a "little" from age eight to eleven years old, his participation inspired him to do more. This upcoming school year, Campbell will be a mentor to a "little" in elementary school.

"Being a mentor is my life's purpose. It had been a dream of mine for years. After LRFW 2011, I knew the timing was right for me to make it official," says Campbell. "I believe that a great work ethic and transferring it to community involvement makes a bigger impact.

Fires in Garland County cover 13 acres

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A wildfire near Lowell damaged a home and fires in Garland and Johnson counties threatened a handful of rural residences.

Fire crews on Friday battled blazes as the state looked forward to a few days early next week with cooler temperatures and the prospect of some rainfall.

The Northwest Arkansas Times reported (http://is.gd/Ei7zMZ ) a trash fire spread and burned the home at Lowell. A fire was reported on Interstate 40 at the border between Pulaski and Faulkner counties. Two fires in Garland County consumed about 13 acres and also threatened a few residences.

Crews also battled a wildfire in Johnson County north of Clarksville.

All but two of Arkansas' 75 counties are under burn bans and the entire state is at extreme risk of wildfire.

Today's Box Office: Savages

Director Oliver Stone is no stranger to controversial film or making a statement about society and interjecting his personal beliefs and conspiracy theories. His style is rough, it's raw, and it's in your face. Savages was rough at time, raw at other times but was never in your face.

Overall, I'd say that Savages was disappointing. I didn't have real high expectation from it but even then it was a letdown. It was a thriller with few tense moments. It was billed as an action movie with little action in it.

It was fine until the last 15 minutes of the film when it did a complete 180 of the story that just didn't make much sense. Nothing really changed about the 3 main characters. The journey you expected them to go on didn't really turn out and what would have made sense in terms of the narrative didn't happen either.

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Two 15-acre wildfires hit rural Garland County

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Firefighters battled two wildfires in rural Garland County Friday. And there was concern among the crews about lightening after showers started hitting the area.

Luckily those showers did not turn into anything serious for the incident. But a U.S. Forestry official told Today's THV that they received a dispatch of a heat shower directly above the fires they battled Friday. And a coworker reported leaving the scene and seeing some lightening coming out of that shower.

There is still no word on what caused the two 15-acre fires on both sides of Tina Herron Road off Highway 298 in Western Garland County, about 15 minutes from Hot Springs Village. It started around noon and was 100 percent contained by late Friday afternoon. But our THV cameras still caught some smoldering here and there when we arrived on scene.

Storms leave thousands in the dark

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Thunderstorms moving across the state Friday afternoon have left thousands without power.

According to Entergy's website, more than 5,000 customers are without power in Arkansas as of 10 p.m. Friday. More than 3,000 of those customers are in Pulaski County.

Entergy is reporting 1,100 outages in Garland County.

Entergy crews are working to restore power and say they hope to have power restored by midnight.

Firefighters get assistance from National Guard

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Army National Guard is currently supporting the Arkansas Forestry Commission in fighting multiple wildfires across the state.

The Camp Robinson based Army Aviation Support Facility and 77th Theater Aviation Brigade initially staged two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters in Hot Springs early on July 4. The helicopters are equipped with buckets capable of dropping 660 gallons of water with each pass.

To date, the soldiers have completed 70 missions by dropping over 50,000 gallons of water over fires across Boone, Clark, Dallas, Drew, and Pope.

The mission is anticipated to last through the weekend.