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New at Bryant Fall Fest: BBQ Contest, Beer Garden, Bubble Ball, Human Foosball

New at Bryant Fall Fest: BBQ Contest, Beer Garden, Bubble Ball, Human Foosball

BRYANT, Ark. (City of Bryant) - We are sanctioned! The 28th Annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bishop Park, 6401 Boone Road, will include a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition, a backyard barbecue competition and an accompanying beer garden this year. The title sponsor for the BBQ event, Arkansas Craft Distributing, will bring us craft beers from Summit and Oskar Blues. $7,500 in prize money will be awarded in the KCBS event.

The event committee is also excited to announce the addition of a human Bubble Ball area, sponsored by GracePoint Church, and a human Foosball area provided by the City of Bryant.  Fall Fest is presented by Landers of Saline County.

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Benton police step up recruitment


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - In an effort to beef up its police force, the Benton Police Department is shaking things up. Their goal is simple - reach out to the community and encourage people to apply.

"We are having a hard time getting qualified applicants," said Captain Jeff Besancon. "We've gotten to the bottom of our list and we really need a second list."

For the first time in the history of the Benton Police Department, they have a recruiting team. They're looking for the right kind of candidate and it's all hands on deck to make that happen.

"We're pretty stringent about who we hire," Besancon said. "We want intelligent people with common sense that really care about police work and care about people."

One of their top goals is diversity.

"Get more minorities, more females to come take the initial test," he said.

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by Budweiser, will be headlined by the Los Lonely Boys Saturday, Sept. 19 and Keb’ Mo’ Sunday, Sept. 20. The event, hosted jointly by Oaklawn and the Spa City Blues Society, will take place in Oaklawn’s infield, and will also feature some of the region’s best barbeque.

“We are very excited to bring the Los Lonely Boys and Keb’ Mo’ to Hot Springs,” said Rob Pratt, President of the Spa City Blues Society. “Partnering with Oaklawn has really allowed us to take this event to a whole new level.”

Magic Springs Wraps Up Season with Movies and More

Magic Springs Wraps Up Season with Movies and More

Magic Springs Announces August events

 

Dive-In movies

Each Friday evening at dusk, the park will show the following movies.

August 22-“A Dolphin Tale 2”

August 29-“Remember the Titans”

August is Hero Appreciation Month

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park will honor active and retired military, law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians with free admission throughout the month of August. Official identification is required for free admission.

Cooler Sundays

Bring your ice chest on Sundays with your choice of beverages and snacks. (No glass or alcohol, please.)

 

Last Two Weeks of Everyday Operation

Magic Springs returns to weekends only after Aug. 16

Water Park closes after Sept. 7

 

 

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Mobile Command Center offers free services to vets at Pulaski Tech

Mobile Command Center offers free services to vets at Pulaski Tech

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ak. - The Regional Veteran Affairs Mobile Command Veteran Center will be at Pulaski Technical College's Main Campus from 8 am.to noon on Friday, August 21, to provide clinical, social and administrative services to veterans.

The unit will be parked by the Campus Center on the Main Campus, 3000 West Scenic Drive. More than 500 veterans attend PTC; however, services are available to all veterans.

The services are part of a three-day orientation for vets who will be attending PTC this fall or in the future.

For more information, contact Roslyn Tillman at (501) 812-2809 or rtillman@pulaskitech.edu.

 

 

Officials ease Benton residents' water taste, color concerns


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - As a Benton resident, you may have noticed that the water coming out of your faucet tastes and looks a little different. The Benton Water Treatment Plant has answers to your concerns.

According to Steve Dicicco with the Benton Water Treatment Plant, the unusual taste of your tap water is being caused by a recent algae bloom. The city of Benton gets its water from two sources, the Saline River and a reservoir. Currently, the reservoir has a bloom of algae, which according to officials is not uncommon. They are currently treating it with algaecide that is mostly made up of peroxide. Dicicco told THV11 that the taste is not dangerous in any way.

Monkey quarantined after biting worker at Bryant Target


BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - With the help of social media, Bryant Animal Control has a primate in quarantine after it bit a woman.

According to officials, on August 8 around 6:25 p.m., a small primate bit a woman at the Alcoa Exchange Shopping Center.

The call went out over Facebook on Wednesday looking for a couple who brought a pet marmoset to a Target store in Bryant. Target store officials in Bryant confirmed to THV11 that a marmoset bit one of their employees over the weekend. Once Animal Control found out who owned the animal they sent a sheriff's deputy to bring them in.

"Social media was the lifesaver here. We put the information out and within about 30-45 minutes we had the information that we needed," said Bryant Animal Control Director Tricia Power, adding that she has never seen a case like this in 20 years of working in animal control.