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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.

ICVR sets Coffee with the Chiefs

ICVR sets Coffee with the Chiefs

The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Inc. (ICVR) Coffee with the Chiefs is scheduled for 9:00 AM to 10 AM Tuesday morning March 04, 2014 at First United Methodist Church located 200 West 6th Avenue in Pine Bluff. Director of Parks and Recreation Department, April Layher is scheduled to address members of the clergy and community. 

Blood donation events in Jefferson County for Feb.

Blood donation events in Jefferson County for Feb.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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.

Entergy Charitable Foundation announces new grant deadlines

Entergy Charitable Foundation announces new grant deadlines

 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Entergy)  – Entergy Arkansas shareholders renewed their commitment to improving the communities Entergy serves by investing $3.2 million to fund the Entergy Charitable Foundation grant programs for 2014. The company also announced the consolidation of foundation granting cycles from three cycles to two cycles. Entergy Charitable Foundation 2014 grant application deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. To access guidelines and an application from the Entergy Charitable Foundation, go to “Our Community” at www.entergy.com.

The Entergy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to strengthening communities served by Entergy through investments in education, poverty solutions and environmental programs.  "Giving back to the community is an integral part of Entergy Arkansas' corporate mission," said Tom Kennedy, vice president of public affairs, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Jefferson County in January

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Jefferson County in January

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARC) — With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations.

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Jefferson County:

Bryant boy who could win $20,000 for Boys and Girls Club still needs votes

Bryant boy who could win $20,000 for Boys and Girls Club still needs votes

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - An 11-year old Bryant boy is up for a huge national honor.

Ethan Harris was nominated by the Bryant Boys and Girls Club for a leadership award due to his continued efforts in raising money, volunteering, and willingness to help others. If Ethan wins, the club will get a $20,000 grant. He is one of five finalists and is the only child competing.

Ethan and his mom Carla joined THV11 Saturday morning to talk more about the honor. To get more information, watch the video attached to this story.

To help support Ethan on his cause, just take a second each day from now until November 29 to vote for him: http://on.kthv.com/1aGpXpL