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THV11 in Your Town feature: Batesville

THV11 in Your Town feature: Batesville

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – I’m not going to lie. I think I chose Batesville for this trip just because I wanted to visit my old home again and see how much it has changed since I graduated from Lyon.

I could immediately see several changes as I drove in from Highway 167. Southside seems to have blossomed quickly into a busy area; Colton’s has moved to the old Bonanza site, my beloved Quizno’s/”secret” study place has shut down, and a Walgreen’s now sits where the old gas station and Baskin Robbins once stood. Things were even changing on campus and in the downtown area.

LYON COLLEGE

The biggest change at Lyon so far is the new Edwards Commons building. The original building was destroyed by fire in 2010, but a new 44,000 square-foot building has risen in its place, housing a campus store, mailboxes, a dining area and bistro, and the student life center.

Get Ready for Mardi Gras in Little Rock!!

Get Ready for Mardi Gras in Little Rock!!

LITTLE ROCK,Ark. (SOMA) - SoMa is hosting their Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.  The parade will begin at the intersection of S. Main and 24th Street in Little Rock.  Floats and walkers will head down South Main until the parade concludes at the intersection of S. Main and 12th Street.  We are looking for Parade Entries – Mardi Gras Kings & Queens, Festive Walking Groups, Floats with Music, Marching Bands, Youth Groups, Vintage Cars, etc.  This is a Mardi Gras Celebration and your entry should reflect the spirit.   A cash prize will be awarded to the most authentic, Louisiana-style parade entry!  There is no entry fee but a registration form is required. 

The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

The Arkansas Agriculture Department recognizes century farms across the state

LITTLE ROCK (AAD) – The Arkansas Agriculture Department announced today that 102 Arkansas farms will be designated as Arkansas Century Farms in 2013. Arkansas Century Farm signs and certificates will be presented to owners of the farms at five locations around the state the week of November 18-22.

The Arkansas Century Farm program is a program that recognizes Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary, places no restrictions on the land, and does not require a fee.

To qualify, farms have to meet the following criteria:

  • The same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by December 31, 2013.
  • The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

The following Arkansas farms will be awarded a sign and certificate at the following locations:

AETN to hold Roaring ’20s cocktail reception, Downton Abbey: Season 4’ preview screening

AETN to hold Roaring ’20s cocktail reception, Downton Abbey: Season 4’ preview screening

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Foundation will host a Roaring ’20s cocktail reception inspired by the Academy Award-winning “Masterpiece” series “Downton Abbey” Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock.

Fans of “Downton Abbey” are invited to join the AETN Foundation for an evening of elegance at a Roaring ’20s cocktail reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, a period photo booth, costume contest and door prizes.

WCMC hosting float contest for Searcy Christmas parade

WCMC hosting float contest for Searcy Christmas parade

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – The White County Medical Center (WCMC) is hosting a float contest for the Searcy Christmas Parade.

According to Lillie Cook with the Mayor’s Office, WCMC is offering a cash award for first, second, and third place winners.  Judging will take place during the line-up, and the winners will receive a banner to show on their float with pride during the parade.

All entries must be decorated with Christmas lights and play Christmas music.

Parade line up beings at 4 p.m. on the corner of Spring St. and West Pleasure Ave. and will proceed south toward Mulberry Ave. and then west.

No registration is required, and three auxiliary workers will be selected to judge.

For information on other parades in the area, check our out list of events here: http://on.kthv.com/HLFXRu

Arkansas Legend: White River Monster

Arkansas Legend: White River Monster

NEWPORT, Ark. (KTHV) – Have you ever heard of the White Rive Monster legend? Some have proclaimed it the cousin of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster and is sometimes referred to as “Whitey”.

White River Monster sightings have been popping up since at least 1915, but have fallen to wayside since the 1970s.

Some have described the monster as a massive grey beast with fins, but Arkansas.com said a Chicago biologist believes it just a seal that somehow found its way into the river.

For more Arkansas legends and more details on this one, go to Arkansas.com: http://on.kthv.com/17ZULSx

Isaac Alexander featured in concert as part of AETN Arts Fridays Nov. 8

Isaac Alexander featured in concert as part of AETN Arts Fridays Nov. 8

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — “AETN Presents: On the Front Row With Isaac Alexander” will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

“AETN Presents: On the Front Row” is part of AETN Arts Fridays, featuring world-class arts and culture programming, and locally produced series.

Alexander, a multi-talented musician from Little Rock, recently released his latest album, “Antivenin Suite” (Max Recordings), which has been described as laidback rock. His last solo record, “See Thru Me,” ranked No. 6 on the Arkansas Times Music Poll’s best Arkansas albums list. Joining him for this performance are: Jason Weinheimer, guitar; Chris Michaels, bass; Will Boyd, drums; and Rob Bell, keys. Members of Alexander’s longtime band Big Silver are also featured. They include: Brad Williams, guitar; Mike Nelson, bass; and Bart Angel, drums.