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Area Photo: Searcy, Arkansas

Area Photo: Searcy, Arkansas

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) – This photo, sent in to the THV11 Facebook page by Kathy Hinson Smith, was taken near the city of Searcy on Jan. 16.

Searcy was established in 1837 after the State Legislature officially established it as the seat of White County and was named after Richard Searcy, who was a transplanted attorney that helped the territory reach statehood.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for White County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for White 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 White County:

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (First Electric) – Nineteen nonprofit organizations received funds recently through First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program. Community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees approved $17,500 in donations.

Recipients by county include:

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (First Electric Cooperative) – Nineteen nonprofit organizations received funds recently through First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program. Community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees approved $17,500 in donations.

Recipients by county include:

•In Arkansas County, Arkansas County Single Parent Scholarship Fund and DeWitt Senior Center each received $1,000.

•In Cleburne County, Care Cap Connections/Volunteer America-1776 received $500 and Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Cleburne County, Wilburn Volunteer Fire Department and Drasco Fire Department each received $1,000. 

•In Garland County, Hot Springs Village Walk for Cancer Research received $1,000. 

•In Lonoke County, Arkansas Waterfowl Association received $500 and Lonoke County Museum, Lonoke County Safe Haven and Scott Fire Protection District each received $1,000.

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).

Cabot Thankgiving Feast needs donations

Cabot Thankgiving Feast needs donations

CABOT, Ark. (City of Cabot) - With the economy in a down turn, many people are not able to afford a Thanksgiving meal. The Cabot community wants everyone to be able to have a meal and come together as a family at the Fourth Annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast. The organizers of the Fourth Annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast are asking the Cabot community to come together to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for those that would not have a Thanksgiving meal. The organizers want people to realize that they don’t have to be alone and they don’t have to spend Thanksgiving without a meal or a place to go. The goals for the feast are to show the love of Christ, provide a relaxing, home-like atmosphere and a first-class Thanksgiving meal (Matthew 25:34-40).

Searcy Church to Host Barefoot Sunday

Searcy Church to Host Barefoot Sunday

Watermark Church to Collect Shoes for Families in Need

SEARCY – On July 14, those attending one Searcy church will participate in something that many may call "out of the ordinary." They will attend barefoot.

Watermark Church in Searcy is hosting "Barefoot Sunday" this weekend and encouraging those attending service on Sunday to come barefoot in an effort to help families in need around the world. 

In addition to coming barefoot, churchgoers are encouraged to bring and donate newly purchased shoes which will be transported to the organization Convoy of Hope, who will in turn distribute the shoes to needy families around the world.

"We felt this was a unique opportunity for our area," said youth pastor Craig Woodson. "Last year we were able to collect about 200 pairs of shoes, this year we are hoping to double that."