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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: 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.

Hot Springs Village man still racing at 83

Hot Springs Village man still racing at 83

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark.(KTHV) - They say age is just a number, and a Hot Springs Village man is proving just that. In his mid-80s, John Hollansworth is still putting the pedal to the metal.

As a child, John Hollansworth always had a thing for cars. Eventually he says that passion turned into a need for speed.

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"I could tell you what every car was, I could tell you what the cars were by the sound of the exhaust."

The Kansas City native, who now lives in Hot Springs Village, still loves cars to this day. At 83-years-old, the longtime car enthusiast said he's still building and racing cars.

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/.

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