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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.”

Josie Carroll among new shooters at Oaklawn this meet

Josie Carroll among new shooters at Oaklawn this meet

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn) - Trainer Josie Carroll, the only woman to win the $1 million Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most prestigious race for 3-year-olds, has a string in Hot Springs for the first time and hopes that Oaklawn will be the path to victory in some of the premier races for 3-year-olds on both sides of the North American border.

“I’ve never stabled at Oaklawn before, although I have run a few horses there in the past,” said Carroll, who captured the 2006 Queen’s Plate with Edenwold and the 2011 edition with the filly. “I’m coming in with 10 horses and I’ve got quite a few nice young horses. We are pointing them to Oaklawn’s strong three-year-old stakes program.”

Area Photo: Lake Greeson

Area Photo: Lake Greeson

According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Lake Greeson was created when the Narrows Dam was built on the Little Missouri River in 1950. The lake got its name around 1976 from the man who made the dam and lake possible -- Martin White Greeson.

AGFC added the Lake Gresson is prime fishing area for striped bass, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass. It's also well stocked with northern pike and walleye.

This photo of the lake was taken by THViewer Nick Younger, who shared it with our Facebook page on Dec. 31.

Absolutely beautiful!

For more information on Lake Greeson, visit LakeGreeson.org: http://on.kthv.com/1kbQxCm