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19-year-old Malvern man struck, killed by vehicle

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - A 19-year-old from Malvern died Wednesday night after being struck by a vehicle.

According to the Arkansas State Police Preliminary Fatal Crash Summary, Austin Walker was crossing Interstate 30 near the 118 mile marker around 5:30 p.m., when a vehicle traveling west bound struck him.

Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police said Caleb Collins, 26, is incarcerated at the Saline County Jail. He is charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle involving injury or death.

Sadler said Collins was also issued a violator citation for driving with a suspended license.

The Charlie Daniels Band to celebrate July 4 at Magic Springs

The Charlie Daniels Band to celebrate July 4 at Magic Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Southern country legend Charlie Daniels will be celebrating the Fourth of July with his band at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater in Hot Springs. 

Performances will begin at 3 p.m. with country singer Blane Howard followed by Hot Springs native Aaron Owens at 7 p.m., leaving the Charlie Daniels Band at 8 p.m.

Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country and southern rock music. He is best known for his No. 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.” He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. Daniels won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which reached No. 3 on the Hot 100.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:


Keeney's: Malvern's hidden gem

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - If you visit Malvern and ask the locals for a good place to eat, chances are, they'll point you in the direction of Keeney's.

It's a place with deep roots in the community where everyone knows your name.

During lunchtime at CK Keeney's restaurant in Malvern, the menu is just as full as the restaurant.

"We make this gravy from scratch in a skillet."

Locals know this is a great place to get a down-home meal, at a bargain price. Keeney's feeds as many as 150 people for lunch in a small space.

If you call Keeney's to place a to-go order like so many in Malvern do, you'll probably speak with Maureen, CK's wife of 60 years. She keeps the store running by bagging orders, counting change, and sending customers on their way with her small-town charm.

THV in your Town: Puttin' on the Ritz in Malvern

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - In downtown Malvern, a small town theater is trying to keep the past alive. According to owner Marla Nix, it's the second oldest movie theater operating in state of Arkansas.

The Ritz Theater opened in 1938. In 1947, a fire did $125,000 worth of damage. It was an astronomical figure at the time, but a year later it reopened and has been playing Hollywood hits ever since.

"This was my second job...I've been here for 32 years now" says Nix.

Once part of a national theater group, it was sold in favor of larger cities with multiplex theaters. Marla nix and her husband Marty bought the Ritz to keep it open for the community.

"When the only industry for entertainment leaves, the community usually suffered, and I didn't want to see Malvern suffer. I wanted to see the town that I was raised in continue to thrive."

Science with Sarah: What makes a brick car go fast?

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - THV11's Sarah Fortner caught up with a 4th grade expert on brickcars in Malvern to see how she could win the 22nd annual Brickcar Derby.

Watch the video for more!

Behind the scenes at Malvern's Acme brick plant

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - If you know anything about the city of Malvern, you know they are considered the brick capital of the world.

If you thought the process of brick making was as simple as mixing a few chemicals together, you'd be wrong. THV11's Marlisa Goldsmith found out that there's a lot more science behind it.

"We're the brick capital of the world," Jay Isenhour said. You can find the Acme brick plant smack dab in the middle of the state.

"I was born in the brick plant business long ago."

Isenhour is the plant manager at the Acme brick plant and knows just about everything about bricks. "There's a lot of science and art in brickmaking."

Isenhour explained that brickmaking is no new concept and has actually been around for thousands of years.