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11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

Historic gown collection to undergo conservation process; may be removed from public exhibit

Historic gown collection to undergo conservation process; may be removed from public exhibit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (OSHM) - The Old State House Museum’s First Ladies’ Gown collection, which contains over 120 years of inaugural gowns worn by Arkansas’s First Ladies, will temporarily close to the public on September 8, 2014, so the gowns can be assessed for conservation needs. The last day to see the collection before the assessment is September 7, 2014.

“The Arkansas First Ladies Gowns at the Old State House Museum are, through the years, our most popular artifacts,” said Bill Gatewood, director of the Old State House Museum. ”Our responsibility to preserve the gowns yet make them accessible to the public creates a very challenging situation.  The Museum staff's decision to begin conservation of the gowns exhibit must balance both considerations.”

Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 75th annual Arkansas State Fair is coming up soon! As a matter of fact, it runs from October 10 to 19. 

AWARD WINNING COUNTRY ARTIST RODNEY ATKINS TAKES THE STAGE AT MAGIC SPRINGS AUGUST 2

AWARD WINNING COUNTRY ARTIST RODNEY ATKINS TAKES THE STAGE AT MAGIC SPRINGS AUGUST 2

Award-winning country singer and former Male Vocalist of the Year Rodney Atkins will take the stage at Magic Springs on Saturday, August 2, 8:00 p.m. Opening the concert at 7:00 p.m. is Arkansas country singer Blane Howard. Howard released the single “ Arkansas Ya’ll,” a finalist in the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism's Song of Arkansas contest. 

The park will host a pre-concert party at 3:00 p.m. at The Hideaway.  The $20 party ticket includes live entertainment by Luke Williams of Beebe, Ark., appetizers from Trejo's, two drinks, early entry into concert venue and a chance to win a Meet-n-Greet with Rodney Atkins.

Atkins charted his first single on the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release an album until 2003's Honesty, which included the number 4 hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)".

My Town Hero: The Motivator

My Town Hero: The Motivator

JACKSONVILLE Ark. (KTHV) - Every now and then, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. One man in the city of Jacksonville has made it his duty to inspire just about everyone he encounters. It's one of many reasons he was nominated for My Town Hero.

When James Bolden is on the move, he's bound to light someone on fire with enthusiasm.

"He makes people feel motivated by his demeanor, his behavior, personality everything about him," said Jill Ross, Jacksonville human resource director. Internationally, he's known as The Motivator, but Ross also knows him as a city alderman. When employee morale was down, she knew exactly who to turn to. "He spent 15 hours of his own time training 300 city employees.”

She said Alderman Bolden spent an hour teaching them how to handle stress and stay motivated during tough economic times.

Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Skillet Continues International Tour at Magic Springs on July 26

Grammy-nominated and multiple Dove Award winners Skillet will perform at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park on Saturday, July 26. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

Skillet, an alternative rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, consists of husband and wife John (lead vocals, bass) and Korey Cooper (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), along with Jen Ledger (drums, vocals) and Seth Morrison (lead guitar).

The band has released eight albums, two receiving Grammy nominations: Collide and ComatoseAwake has been certified Platinum and debuted on No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with Comatose certified Gold by RIAA.

They have sold over 2 million albums in the U.S. alone and are known for their relentless touring schedule, which garnered them a top five ranking in the Hardest Working Bands of 2011 by Songkick.com. They refer to their fans affectionately as “panheads.”