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Steven Curtis Chapman headlines Celebrate The Word Weekend at Magic Springs July 11 and 12

Steven Curtis Chapman headlines Celebrate The Word Weekend at Magic Springs July 11 and 12

Magic Springs Water Theme Park hosts its second Celebrate The Word weekend of the season with four Christian music acts. Kicking off the weekend on Friday, July 11 is Matthew West at 8:00 p.m. with opener the Rhett Walker Band at 7 p.m. 

On Saturday, July 12, Christian music giant Steven Curtis Chapman will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. with opener Tim Timmons opening at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 11-Matthew West and the Rhett Walker Band

Matthew West is an American Contemporary Christian musician and actor from Nashville, Tenn. He has released five studio albums and is known for his songs "More", "You Are Everything", and "The Motions." He was nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, two of which were for his major label debut album Happy. West won the 2013 American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist.

Happy Birthday to THV staffer Rolly Hoyt!

Happy Birthday to THV staffer Rolly Hoyt!

Happy Birthday to Rolly Hoyt!

Rolly is a producer at THV11, and is celebrating his birthday surrounded by co-workers, friends, a lot streamers, and tons of confetti.

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My Town Hero: Basketball coach becomes father figure to athletes

My Town Hero: Basketball coach becomes father figure to athletes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Tonight's My Town Hero is a legendary Little Rock basketball coach. He's accomplished some remarkable things on the court over the years, but it's what the Arkansas Sports Hall of Famer is doing off the court that makes him so worthy of being called a Town Hero.

This man needs no introduction. Just take a look at the plaques along his wall, and you'll know right away you're in the presence of greatness. Charles Ripley, Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Director at Arkansas Baptist College, wears many hats, but the most significant pertains to meeting the needs of his young athletes.

My Town Hero: Little Rock firefighters save Good Samaritan

My Town Hero: Little Rock firefighters save Good Samaritan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Each week for My Town Hero we highlight people in central Arkansas who have gone above and beyond in their community. We introduce you to multiple heroes right here in Little Rock as we share an amazing story of survival, friendship and heroism.

When the fire alarm goes off, firefighters drop everything and race to an emergency. But, it typically ends there. They'll likely never meet the person they've saved. Chirie Bazzelle was adamant about meeting the men she knows saved her life.

"They're my heroes, my angels. I truly believe they're my angels,” she told THV11.

Happy Birthday to Ashley Blackstone!

Happy Birthday to Ashley Blackstone!

It's a very special day here at THV 11. Our very own Ashley Blackstone is celebrating her birthday along with all of her coworkers and lots of cake! Happy Birthday, Ashley!!

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My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

My Town Hero: Greenbrier man starts prison ministry

My Town Hero: Greenbrier man starts prison ministry

GREENBRIER, Ark. (KTHV) - This week's My Town Hero is striving to make his community better, and hoping to save lives along the way. Eddie Kelso, of Greenbrier, said he simply saw a need and decided to do something about it.

"3.2 percent of our adult population is in jail, probation, or incarcerated. That's one out of every 31 adults in America doing some time,” said Kelso, a pastor for 17 years who has witnessed the grim reality of life behind bars. "I'm seeing them destroying their lives, and it's such a waste."

Kelso turned his vision of starting a prison ministry into a reality. Four years ago he became a Certified Religious Assistant in Arkansas prisons. He and his wife Joy, then created "Know the Truth about Prison Ministry" in effort to reach inmates and their families. Today he continues to travel from one prison to the next, volunteering his time to try and prevent inmates from becoming repeat offenders.