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‘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.

Other facts and figures about the city can be found here: http://on.kthv.com/OLi3Ip

HONEYCOMB RESTAURANT AND BEEHIVE

I grabbed lunch with Shelley at Honeycomb in the downtown area. I chose it because it was the most recommended restaurant on the THV11 Facebook page (http://on.kthv.com/1cBzLXk), but I didn’t find out until later that this isn’t your average restaurant. Honeycomb is part of Living Group, Inc., which provides employment opportunities and normalization skills for developmentally disabled adults. According to the Honeycomb website, about 15 clients work for the restaurant.

The food is delicious, and the size is more than enough. I ordered a half pear and gorgonzola salad. It was one of the best salads I’ve had in a while, but even though I ordered the half, I couldn’t finish it. My lunch buddy for the day had the lunch special, which was green bean casserole, half of a roasted chicken, and a side salad. They also supplied the table with some of the best fresh bread I’ve ever encountered.

Check out the details and menu here: http://on.kthv.com/1kwHgoW

In addition to the restaurant, Living Group also runs a thrift shop across the street called Beehive. It operates in the same manner as Honeycomb, and offers a variety of clothing and other items for extremely reasonable prices.

See price list: http://on.kthv.com/1euGFvY

DOWNTOWN MURALS

A few distinct features in downtown Arkadelphia are the murals. The largest, “From a Dream to a Promise,” is on the side of Honeycomb and was partially funded by the Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) and was made possible by more than 200 community volunteers.

See an explanation of the images depicted in the mural here: http://on.kthv.com/1mZVkHt

Learn more about M-AAA here: http://on.kthv.com/1kaefN6

During the day the murals at the corner of Main and 8th Streets are part of the bustling downtown area, but by night, they serve as brilliantly colorful back drops for special downtown events. This area is also called Clark Park.

DESOTO TRAIL

One thing that was frequently recommended to me was the DeSoto Trail off of North 10th Street (Highway 7 South). The quarter mile trail was constructed in 2013 and overlooks the Ouachita River at the end loop. The beautiful overlook is definitely worth a visit. Not only was I able to see the river and its sandy banks, but I was also greeted with the bright greens, soft purples, and fresh whites of spring.

Get more information about the trail here: http://on.kthv.com/PVwmv6

DEGRAY LAKE

I also spent a teensy little bit of time at DeGray Lake, but only because my visit was quickly coming to an end. Tiptoeing toward the water, I took in the view of the lake with several marinas off in the distance. I desperately wanted to wade a little bit in the water, but tennis shoes and a snazzy (and also borrowed) camera suggested I didn’t. :/

Resort info here: http://on.kthv.com/1lNSoLl

UPCOMING EVENTS

Arkadelphia provides a number of events for visitors to enjoy. Check out the community calendar here and plan a visit yourself! http://on.kthv.com/1hmAajA

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