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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.

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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Hot Spring County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Hot Spring County in January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARC) — With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Hot Spring County:

Trick or Treat Main Street happens Halloween night

Trick or Treat Main Street happens Halloween night

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) – Soon the streets of Malvern will be covered with ghosts, goblins, the occasional superhero, and even a clown or two.

The Trick or Treat Main Street event happens Halloween night from 5 to 6:30. Malvern Chamber of Commerce executive director Nikki Launius said merchants and civic organizations up and down about three blocks of Main Street will hand out candy to around 1,000 children.

The event provides a parade of costumes on the sidewalks and a safe place for children to take part in Halloween activities. Police will be present to help children cross the street.

If you’re looking for more ghoulish entertainment in the area, Launius said Sykes will host a Trunk or Treat Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in their parking lot. In addition to candy, Sykes will also have hot dogs, fire trucks, police cars, a helicopter and many other activities to enjoy.

Little Rock Marathon prices go up Oct. 31

Little Rock Marathon prices go up Oct. 31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The cost to enter the Little Rock Marathon will soon be a little bit more expensive.

A spokesperson for the marathon said online fees will be at Marathon - $90, Half Marathon - $65, 10K - $30, 5K Fun Run - $25, and Little Rockers - $20 through midnight on Oct. 31. After that, prices will go up.

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, fees will be Marathon - $95, Half Marathon - $70, 10K - $35, 5K Fun Run - $25, and Little Rockers - $20 . And, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 21, fees will be Marathon - $100, Half Marathon - $75, 10K - $40, 5K Fun Run - $30, and Little Rockers - $25.

Other deadlines for the marathon include Dec. 31 being the last day to get personalized race number (this is for marathon and half-marathon only) and Jan. 15 being the last day for corral seeding (Find out what that is:  http://on.kthv.com/1f4sejA).

Haunt Springs Trick-or-Treat coming soooooooon!

Haunt Springs Trick-or-Treat coming soooooooon!

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – You’re invited to the sixth annual Haunt Springs Trick-or-Treat!

Elan Kesilman, a spokesperson for the Downtown Hot Springs event, said this free evening falls on Wed., Oct. 30 from 4 to 7 and is offered as a safe alternative to knocking on doors on Halloween night. Traffic will be directed and crossing guards will be available to get your family from destination to destination safely.

A costume contest will held at the Arlington. Preliminary rounds are at 4:30 and 5:30 (children only have to go to one), and finalists will appear at 6:30. Kesilman said the grand prize is a Wii, but every participant will receive an award.

In addition, Hot Springs store owners will give out candy, face painting will be available, and spooky decorations will be scattered throughout.