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Tell Us About Your 'My Town Hero'!

Tell Us About Your 'My Town Hero'!

Do you know someone in your community who goes above and beyond? Maybe they’re always helping people, or greets everyone with a smile. Perhaps they’ve beat unthinkable odds or have accomplished something exceptional. We want to highlight them. To have your My Town Hero featured, email information about them and what makes them extra special, along with a photo, to: mytown@thv11.com. Include “My Town Hero” in the email subject line and we’ll take care of publishing it for you.

‘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.

Bryant Fur Ball to benefit new dog park

Bryant Fur Ball to benefit new dog park

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) – The Bryant Fur Ball, benefits the Bryant Dog Park, happens Sat., April 12.

The ball happens on the lawn at Bishop Park. It’s a black tie event, and well-behaved dogs are welcomed to attend. Humans can get in for $35, and canine tickets cost $15. You can reserve a table for eight humans and six dogs for $395.

For further details, see the flyer attached to this story. 

Community supports 6-year-old in her fight against rare case of disease

Community supports 6-year-old in her fight against rare case of disease

ALEXANDER, Ark. (KTHV) - "She's my baby. She's my whole world," Morgan Styles said as she fights back tears. As a mother, she instinctively feels her child's pain, as only a mother can. Styles continued, "The doctor that I talked to had pretty much made me think it was hopeless."

It all started when Styles noticed her six-year old acting a little out of the ordinary. She explained, "I started getting a little frustrated. I was like Maylea, stop, stop. You know she would fall. The way she was doing it, it almost looked like she was faking it."

The family would soon realize, that was far from the truth. After a visit to the pediatrician, Maylea was immediately rushed to Arkansas Children's Hospital. "They told me that she had it. That she had a tumor on her brain stem," said Styles.

Habitat for Humanity trying to complete major construction for two homes in one day

Habitat for Humanity trying to complete major construction for two homes in one day

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (GCHH) - On Saturday, March 1st, Garland County Habitat for Humanity will partner with the Home Builders of Hot Springs to construct two homes during the 2014 Blitz Build. Both homes will be “in the dry” (walls, roof, windows and doors will be constructed and set) in one day! Approximately 100 volunteers from Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village will be on hand to help construct the two houses.

The Garland County Habitat for Humanity has partnered with National Park Medical Center to provide the volunteers with lunch. The Junior Auxiliary of Hot Springs will provide the volunteers with breakfast. In addition to breakfast and lunch, the volunteers will receive a variety of great door prizes donated by local companies.

Arkansas Foodbank wants you to Drive Away Hunger

Arkansas Foodbank wants you to Drive Away Hunger

Everett Buick GMC in Bryant and the Arkansas Foodbank wants you to Drive Away Hunger this year in a brand new 2014 Buick Encore.

Join us at the dealership on Thursday, February 13th at 11 a.m. as Susie Everett hands over the keys to the SUV to be raffled off by the Arkansas Foodbank.

“Everett Buick GMC believes in giving back,” says Everett. “As a family oriented company we believe no one should go hungry- especially in our home state!  We believe in the Arkansas Foodbank and the difference it makes in feeding the hungry of Arkansas.” 

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.