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Shark Tank couple to speak at OBU

Shark Tank couple to speak at OBU

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - One couple who presented and made a deal on television show "Shark Tank" will be speaking at Ouachita Baptist University Friday, Feb. 27.

Brett and Stephanie Parker of Fort Worth will be giving a lecture on their latest invention, the Sleeping Baby brand. Brett is an OBU 2004 graduate and is excited to bring his story back to his alma mater.

In the beginning, the couple invested their savings of $700 to launch their business of Zipadee-Zip sleep garments for baby and kids. After appearing on Shark Tank, their small-time business turned into a $1 million company. Three of the 'sharks' on the show made offers to the couple, but the Parkers made a deal with Daymond John for $200,000 and a 20 percent stake in the company. Their company has seen nothing but success ever since.

The couple will give their 45 minute lecture at the Hickingbotham School of Business on Friday starting at noon. 

Skillet headlining Winter Jam Tour

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular is coming to North Little Rock at Verizon Arena.

According to a spokesperson for Verizon Arena, Skillet will headline christian music’s largest annual tour Fri., March 27 at 6 p.m.

Admission is a $10 donation at the door. No advance tickets will be sold, and tickets will be required.

Other artists appearing include: Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, For King & Country, Newsong, and Family Force 5.

11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

Hot Spring County Museum to celebrate 33rd anniversary

MALVERN, Ark. (HSCM) - The Hot Spring County Museum, a Chamber member, will celebrate their 33rd Anniversary on September 11, 2014.  Please join us for refreshments and live entertainment by Cooper Road Bluegrass Band.

Our special display will be "Tea Pots and Tea Cups". Everyone is invited to bring your special "Tea Pot and Tea Cup" for display - bring a story along.   The tea pots and cups will be on display for the month of September.

The new HSC Museum cookbook: "Come to the Table: Celebrating the Flavors of Arkansas" is available for purchase.   The proceeds of the cookbook will be used for the repairs to The Boyle House and to make both cabins handicapped assessable.

The Boyle House is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: hours 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Cabins are open at scheduled events in May, September and the Christmas Open House. 

(Source: Hot Spring County Museum)

Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 75th annual Arkansas State Fair is coming up soon! As a matter of fact, it runs from October 10 to 19. 

My Town Hero: The Motivator

My Town Hero: The Motivator

JACKSONVILLE Ark. (KTHV) - Every now and then, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. One man in the city of Jacksonville has made it his duty to inspire just about everyone he encounters. It's one of many reasons he was nominated for My Town Hero.

When James Bolden is on the move, he's bound to light someone on fire with enthusiasm.

"He makes people feel motivated by his demeanor, his behavior, personality everything about him," said Jill Ross, Jacksonville human resource director. Internationally, he's known as The Motivator, but Ross also knows him as a city alderman. When employee morale was down, she knew exactly who to turn to. "He spent 15 hours of his own time training 300 city employees.”

She said Alderman Bolden spent an hour teaching them how to handle stress and stay motivated during tough economic times.