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‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - I spent the day visiting Pine Bluff, walking around and going to different visitor centers. Before I visited the area, I posted on Facebook that I was going to Pine Bluff (See original post: http://on.kthv.com/1jbwVrA). Based on some comments left by folks there, I half-expected to find a city in shambles, with decrepit buildings and sporting a mere shadow of a by-gone era. I was pleasantly surprised to find exactly the opposite.

‘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.

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. 

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.

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

AETN's 'Clean Lines, Open Spaces' wins three Emmys

AETN's 'Clean Lines, Open Spaces' wins three Emmys

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — “Clean Lines, Open Spaces: A View of Mid-Century Modern Architecture,” a production of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), received three Emmys in the 2012 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

“There is no greater sense of satisfaction than being recognized by one’s talented peers in this industry, especially those who vote in the regional Emmy Awards competition,” AETN Director of Production Carole Adornetto said.

“Clean Lines, Open Spaces,” a documentary by AETN Senior Producer Mark Wilcken, explores mid-century modern architecture through a regional lens of the American south. The film details how international influences helped shape the built environment of Arkansas after World War II.

The one-hour film was recognized with an award for Best Cultural Documentary, and Wilcken received individual awards for Best Writing and Best Editing.

Harding University announces construction projects

Harding University’s board of trustees approved two major construction projects Nov. 5 to be completed before the beginning of the 2011 fall semester on the Searcy campus.

At its semiannual fall meeting, the 21-member board gave approval for administrators to move ahead with plans for the $4 million renovation of Stephens Residence Hall for women and a 21,000-square-foot, $1.6 million addition to Ganus Athletic Center.

The two new projects, coupled with the $4 million addition to the Mabee Business Center already underway, will give the University almost $10 million in new and renovated facilities by the end of 2011.

The renovation of Stephens Residence Hall will be completed during the summer 2011. The facility is the second-largest residence all on the campus, housing 240 female students.

Included in the renovation will be a new pitched-roof replacing the current flat roof and a more efficient heating and cooling system.