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Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Local resident reflects on time with Negro Baseball League

Local resident reflects on time with Negro Baseball League

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Hot Springs Daily) - In 1946 a young 17 year old black youth from Beloit, Wisconsin showed up for a try out with the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team, only because he was pushed to do so by his father and his American Legion league coach. He really didn’t want to be there, he didn’t think he belonged. After all, he was the only black ball player among the forty or fifty that showed up. Immediately after the try out – fielding, throwing, hitting, base running, etc., the undersized boy – 5’6” and 125 lbs – got on his bicycle and rode off, while the other attendees gathered with the coaches and scouts to see if they would be chosen to move to the next level.

Full story can be found at the Hot Springs Daily: http://on.kthv.com/1gYjye0

Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

UNADTED (USDA) - National forest fire managers are currently conducting prescribed burns in areas across the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. 

Prescribed burns expected to occur today, Friday, April 11, 2014 include:

Ouachita National Forest:

Jessieville/Winona/Fourche                                       

Garland County

Vicinity:  Fannie                                                          

Acres: 699

Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

Meeting scheduled to update AHTD bicycle, pedestrian plan

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) has announced it will hold a series of Public Involvement Meetings across the state to obtain input from the public as it works to update the Arkansas State Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan.

The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Legends Room of the Jack Stephens Center (UALR Trojans basketball arena) on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on Central Arkansas issues.

The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sam’s Club Community Room of the Arvest Ballpark (enter through front gate) in Springdale. A formal presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m. and will focus on West and Northwest Arkansas issues.

DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

DeGray Lake Resort State Park welcoming Spring Breakers

At long last, spring is just around the corner, and not a minute too soon! After an uncharacteristically harsh winter across the state, spring fever is likely to strike soon and hard. Teachers can expect flurries of day dreaming episodes and longing gazes out the windows to begin sometime this month and build in severity and frequency as spring break draws ever nearer. Productivity in the work place may begin to take a hit as employees plot their escape into the great outdoors. Do not despair though, for there is good news as well. A low pressure system of fun and play is expected to sweep across the state bringing with it smiles and laughter beginning March 7th through the 30th, as DeGray Lake Resort State Park will be kicking off Spring Break 2014 park style!

Guests can expect a full line-up of daily programs to be offered by the park’s interpreters that are geared toward the whole family. Many guest favorites will be

Autrey, Calhoun Head South for Key Southwest Workouts

Autrey, Calhoun Head South for Key Southwest Workouts

Trainers Bret Calhoun and Cody Autrey decided to out fox Mother Nature and sent their Southwest Stakes (G3) prospects to Evangeline Training Center in Carencro, LA for their final workouts Wednesday in preparations for Monday’s race, a key stop along the Arkansas Derby (G1) trail. Carenco is about six hours south of Oaklawn, which was forced to cancel four days of training and racing because of winter weather.

Calhoun plans to start both his Springboard Mile winner Louies Flower and Son of Dixie, who was most recently third behind another Southwest hopeful Bourbonize opening day, in the 1 1/16-mile race.

“Louies Flower and Son of Dixie both worked an easy half and galloped out 7/8ths,” Calhoun said. “It was a nice controlled work and went perfect. The plan right now is to run both in the Southwest. Both horses will ship back to Oaklawn on Saturday.”