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Beebe's 4th of July Extravaganza

Beebe's 4th of July Extravaganza

BEEBE, Ark. (KTHV) - Get ready for live entertainment, giant waterslides, free food and a firework display at the 4th of July Extravaganza in Beebe. 

On Saturday, July 4 the town of Beebe will hold its largest community event of the year. Festivities will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Beebe ballpark. Live entertainment including local artists 302 Main, Victoria Taylor, 90 Proof and the Luke Williams Band will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will also be three giant waterslides for all ages to enjoy during the celebration along with face paintings and temporary tattoos. 

Free ice cream, drinks and popcorn will be provided by the City of Beebe, and Beebe civic groups and churches will bring the food. 

To avoid the hassle of parking, there will be a shuttle service available from ASU-Beebe Owen center parking lot to the ballpark beginning at 4 p.m.

AHTD to discuss plans to create a new connector between Hwys 36, 16 in Searcy

AHTD to discuss plans to create a new connector between Hwys 36, 16 in Searcy

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a Design Public Hearing in Searcy to discuss plans to construct a 2 lane connector between Highways 36 and 16 in northern Searcy.  

The construction work will create a new 2 lane connector that will extend north from Highway 36, just west of Honey Hill Road, cross Collins Road and then curve east to Highway 16.

The meeting will be held Thursday, August 21st, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Searcy High School (Cafeteria), 301 N. Ella St., in Searcy.

The public is invited to visit anytime during the scheduled hours to view displays, ask questions and offer comments.  For more information, contact the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Environmental Division at 501-569-2281.

(Source: Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

Trouble enforcing texting while driving law in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For years, we've seen public service announcements about texting while driving, but are people really getting the message? One student says, "I mean they're sad. You know, it's emotional. I just feel I've seen so many that you think it just won't happen."

THV11 News sat down with six teenage students at Sylvan High School in Sherwood, Arkansas. They admit, texting and driving is a big temptation for teenagers like themselves. "I don't do it all the time but sometimes I do text and drive and I admit that it is dangerous," Antonius Russell says.

WATCH STORY: http://on.kthv.com/PAhkKz

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of teens and young people say they have sent text messages while driving and 78 percent of them have read a text message while driving.

City of Searcy offers up Pothole Hotline

City of Searcy offers up Pothole Hotline

SEARCY, Ark. (Searcy) -  “Due to the unusually harsh winter, the City of Searcy has experienced an increased number of potholes. This is a direct result of moisture penetrating the cracks in the asphalt paving which freezes and thaws weakening the pavement. As traffic passes over the weakened areas, potholes soon develop,” said Searcy Mayor David Morris. “ To address this concern, the City is establishing a ‘Pothole Hotline’ and is requesting assistance from the public in locating all the potholes in need of repair”.

Please call Searcy City Hall (Pothole Hotline) at 268-2483 to give the location of potholes. (Source: City of Searcy)

Road work requires detour on Hwy 67 in White County

Road work requires detour on Hwy 67 in White County

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Repair work will require closing northbound traffic on U.S. Highway 67 in White County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

This repair work will be performed in a construction zone where traffic is currently reduced to one lane in both directions. The northbound closure will be located between mile markers 51 and 55. That’s between Judsonia and Bald Knob.

The closure will be Friday, February 14th between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., weather permitting.

During the repair work, all northbound traffic will be diverted off U.S. Highway 67 at Exit 51 (Judsonia) and onto State Highway 157, then to State Highway 367 through Bald Knob and will return to U.S. Highway 67 at Exit 55 (Bald Knob/Batesville).

Detour planned for HWY 67 in White Co.

Detour planned for HWY 67 in White Co.

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Repair work will require closing northbound traffic on U.S. Highway 67 in White County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

This repair work will be performed in a construction zone where traffic is currently reduced to one lane in both directions. The northbound closure will be located between mile markers 51 and 55. That’s between Judsonia and Bald Knob.

The closures will be Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., weather permitting.

During the repair work, all northbound traffic will be diverted off U.S. Highway 67 at Exit 51 (Judsonia) and onto State Highway 157, then to State Highway 367 through Bald Knob and will return to U.S. Highway 67 at Exit 55 (Bald Knob/Batesville).

Lane closure, detour on HWY 167 in White County cancelled

Lane closure, detour on HWY 167 in White County cancelled

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The lane closure and detour scheduled on HWY 167 in White County has been cancelled, according to Danny Straessle with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

The work was cancelled due to the current weather conditions and has yet to be rescheduled.

The original press release can be found below:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AHTD) Repair work will require northbound traffic to be diverted off of U.S. Highway 67 between mile marker 51 and mile marker 55 in White County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

This work is being performed in a construction zone where traffic is down to one lane in each direction. The closure will begin today (Friday, January 10th) at 2:00 p.m. and remain in place approximately 24-hours. Southbound traffic will not be affected.