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‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

‘THV11 in Your Town’ feature: Arkadelphia

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) – For my second THV 11 in My Town feature, I headed out to Arkadelphia for a day and found quite a few great things to highlight.

ARKADELPHIA ALLIANCE AND DEMOGRAPHICS

First, I stopped by the Arkadelphia Alliance (Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce if you’re not into that whole brevity thing). There, executive vice president Shelley Loe talked to me about some of the great features in Arkadelphia and what the city had to offer.

If you’re into numbers, the city is home to around 10,714 citizens with 3,736 households as of the 2010 census. (See demographics info: http://on.kthv.com/1hwqnsh) It also offers two accredited 4-year institutions – Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, and the area is home to three school districts—Arkadelphia, Gurdon, and Centerpoint.

First downtown “game plan” meeting scheduled for Mon., March 31

First downtown “game plan” meeting scheduled for Mon., March 31

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (GHSCC) – The first of a scheduled four hearings by the downtown Hot Springs “Game Plan” Task Force will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 in the Board of Directors Chambers at Hot Springs City Hall.   The panel will hear presentations from City Manager David Watkins, Fire Chief Ed Davis, Deputy City Manager Bill Burrough, Chief Building Official Mike Scott, Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fram and Visit Hot Springs CEO, Steve Arrison.

The meeting is open to the public and will be televised on the city’s public access Resort Cable Channel 12.  Questions, comments or suggestions from the public may be submitted in writing at the meetings or via a blog set up at the City of Hot Springs web site.  Go to  hotsprings.net and choose City Blog under the Our Community tab.  

The nine community leaders who make up the task force are:

$450 raised for Mountain Pine Elementary School

$450 raised for Mountain Pine Elementary School

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (MPE)  – Tim Parker Chrysler helped raise $450 in funding for Mountain Pine Elementary School with Chrysler brand’s Drive for the Kids® program. The fundraising event was held on Thursday, February 27th in conjunction with the school Parents Meeting.

“Drive for the Kids is a mutually beneficial program. We are pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a terrific, world class product,” said Shannon Carr, Manager of the Southwest Business Center for Chrysler Group LLC. “Parents are genuinely interested in testing our 2014 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with all of the advanced safety, technology, and economy features, and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school. Drive for the Kids allows us the opportunity to work together for the kids and everyone has a great time!” 

Habitat for Humanity trying to complete major construction for two homes in one day

Habitat for Humanity trying to complete major construction for two homes in one day

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (GCHH) - On Saturday, March 1st, Garland County Habitat for Humanity will partner with the Home Builders of Hot Springs to construct two homes during the 2014 Blitz Build. Both homes will be “in the dry” (walls, roof, windows and doors will be constructed and set) in one day! Approximately 100 volunteers from Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village will be on hand to help construct the two houses.

The Garland County Habitat for Humanity has partnered with National Park Medical Center to provide the volunteers with lunch. The Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs will provide the volunteers with breakfast. In addition to breakfast and lunch, the volunteers will receive a variety of great door prizes donated by local companies.

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.

Area Photo: Mt. Ida, Arkansas

Area Photo: Mt. Ida, Arkansas

MT. IDA, Ark. (KTHV) – Sitting on the outskirts of the Ouachita National Forest, Mt. Ida is a paradise for nature lovers and sportsmen.

Claiming to be the Quartz Capitol of the World, Mt. Ida offers several rock shops and allows visitors to dig their own crystals for fees. Nearby, is Lake Ouachita, were you can take part in a number of water sports and view wintering bald eagles.

This photo was shared with the THV11 Facebook page by Dianne Morrow Johnston.

For more information on Mt. Ida, you can go to the following websites:

Mt. Ida Chamber of Commerce: http://on.kthv.com/1isGFj9

Arkansas.com: http://on.kthv.com/KQncOf

Holiday Greetings: Sgt. Nathan Mace