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Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wednesday is the first day of National Bike Month and The League of American Bicyclists is releasing its latest rankings among bicycle friendly states. The results show that Arkansas is making great strides in improving its accommodation of cyclists.

Arkansas moved up 13 spots in the survey, the second largest jump in the entire country. Arkansas is now number 37 among the 50 states. Just last year, Arkansas was at the bottom of the list.  

“The bicycling culture in Arkansas has grown more popular in recent years and we are responding,” says Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett.  “The results serve as an affirmation that our statewide efforts are making a real difference in The Natural State.”

Searcy unveils 'Energy Smart' initiative

Searcy unveils 'Energy Smart' initiative

Harding University to Receive $200,000 in Dual Check Presentation

What:     Searcy Mayor David Morris will kick-off a year-long campaign called Searcy Energy Smart:  Save Energy, Save Money and Save the Environment by delivering a Proclamation for the Day.

 Entergy Arkansas will present Harding University an incentive check for $99,000 for interior and exterior lighting retrofits and interior lighting controls. CenterPoint Energy will present Harding an incentive check for $94,200 for 95% AFUE furnaces and tankless water heaters.

When:    11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 28

Where: Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2323 S. Main Street

Pangburn under boil order next week

Pangburn under boil order next week

The Pangburn Water Dept. will be replacing a  section of six-inch main February 26. Weather premitting, work will be started at 10 pm that night.  It is recommended to turn hot water heaters off prior to this repair. 

Pangburn Water will be under a boil order.  Please boil water at a minimum of one minute.  Boil order will be lifted after two consecutive samples from the Arkansas Health Dept. are cleared.   

Thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Pangburn Water at 501-728-3311

Searcy selected for sustainability study

Searcy selected for sustainability study

Applied Sustainability Center names participants

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Applied Sustainability Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas has selected Searcy as one of eight cities to participate in its Sustainable Energy Scorecards and Education for Municipalities (SESEM) program.

The Applied Sustainability Center (ASC) selected the eight cities based on their reputation as serious about sustainability initiatives and the ideas and commitment expressed in applications to the SESEM program. The program is designed to assist municipalities in the development of sustainable energy plans. Cities were also selected to ensure diversity in terms of total population and utility type. The SESEM program was made possible through a grant from Arkansas Community Foundation to the Applied Sustainability Center as part of the foundation’s Sustainable Energy Initiative.

City issues burn ban

City issues burn ban

From the office of Mayor David Morris:

Due to the extremely dry conditions it is necessary to issue a burn ban for the City of Searcy. This ban is effective immediately for all areas within the City of Searcy.

This notice is to run concurrent with the burn ban recently issued for White County by County Judge Michael Lincoln and will be in effect for the duration of the county-wide burn ban.

Corp opens visitors' center at Table Rock Lake

Corp opens visitors' center at Table Rock Lake

BRANSON, Mo. -- The Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District held a ribbon cutting ceremony April 27 for the new Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Lake near Branson.

The $10.8 million center, which is situated near the dam and the Corps’ project office, is one of a handful of regional Class A facilities in the Corps nationwide.  The 15,000-square-foot facility will have three functional areas: the visitor area, which will include exhibits, a 75-seat theater and a gift shop; the educational area, which will include a multi-purpose room and wet lab; and an administrative office area.

The engaging exhibits emphasize Table Rock dam, lake and powerhouse.  They depict how this project fits into the entire White River Basin.  There are fascinating interactive displays about the Ozark Mountain region and its unique culture and ecosystems.

Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

Explore Arkansas with Chuck Dovish

One winning family to be chosen for excursion; entries accepted at www.aetn.org/engage

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Fans of the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) “Exploring Arkansas,” with host Chuck Dovish, now have the opportunity to win a family outing with Dovish that will be filmed for possible future use in the series.

A winning family (up to six family members) will be chosen at random to spend a day with Dovish as he tapes a family-friendly episode of “Exploring Arkansas.” Dovish will aim to introduce the family to some of his favorite places and activities suitable for all ages, in turn allowing them to explore Arkansas with him.

Contest winners will be treated to a hike or similar activity at a location of Dovish’s choosing on a weekend. The outing will be filmed by an AETN production crew and segments may be used for an upcoming episode of “Exploring Arkansas.”