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Arkansas soldiers get formal sendoff before deployment

Arkansas soldiers get formal sendoff before deployment

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Approximately 130 soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard's 77th Theater Aviation Brigade will be honored with a sendoff ceremony in preparation for deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

The unit will depart the state this weekend en route to Fort Hood, Texas for mobilization training.

The unit's sendoff ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. The unit departs at 8 a.m. the following Sunday.

The unit will conduct a brief training period at Fort Hood prior to deploying overseas.

Join JAB for Blackjack and BBQ

Join JAB for Blackjack and BBQ

BENTON, Ark. – The Junior Auxiliary of Benton invites you to a night of Blackjack & Barbeque! The event features live music from the ‘80s band Big Stack. There will be a silent auction, food and drinks, and more.

The party kicks off February 11 at the Benton VFW at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and $75 per couple, with all proceeds going to benefit the children of Saline County. For information on how to get tickets, log on to www.juniorauxiliaryofbenton.org.

Volunteer registry helps support families with autism

Volunteer registry helps support families with autism

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas families affected by autism have their first chance to participate in a volunteer registry that will track how many people in the state have autism spectrum disorders with the debut of a new website, ArkansasAutismAlliance.org. Families will also find a host of autism resources compiled on the site, which is a collaboration between Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

“This website will help families understand what’s happening with autism in Arkansas,” said Jill James, PhD, director of the Autism Metabolic Genomics Laboratory at ACHRI, a professor of Pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine, and an autism researcher who developed the site.

Royal Players of Benton present Once Upon a Mattress

The Royal Players of Benton will present the musical Once Upon a Mattress in the historic Royal Theatre, 111 South Market Street, in downtown Benton, Arkansas.  Show dates are  December 2-4 at 7:00 pm and December 5 at 2:00 pm and  December 9-11 at 7:00 pm and December 12 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors and $5.00 for students.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.royalplayers.com or reserved by dialing (501)315-LIVE (5483). 

Directed by Bob May of Conway with music direction by Karen Owings and choreography by Jenny Johnston, Once Upon a Mattress is a musical tale of finding love in a fictional medieval kingdom.