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Public meeting yields park ideas

Public meeting yields park ideas

Ideas for outdoor park and recreation improvements were discussed with Kathy Lee, assistant to Camden Mayor Chris Claybaker, and members of the community at a public meeting at the Ivra Clark Park community center Thursday afternoon.

What's included in the plans?

Small craft advisory remains in effect over holiday

Small craft advisory remains in effect over holiday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-  The Army Corps of Engineers is reminding boaters a small craft advisory remains in effect for the Arkansas River in Arkansas and will remain in effect beyond the Memorial Day Weekend.

Flows on the river are well above safe levels for pleasure boats.  Advisories are issued when flows exceed 70,000 cubic feet per second.  Currents become swifter and stronger, and large debris is carried downstream.

Flows Thursday at Trimble Lock and Dam near Fort Smith were above 108,000 c.f.s.

Tour historic Ark. sites from your phone

Tour historic Ark. sites from your phone

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers free cell-phone tours of historic sites around the state, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

"These cell-phone tours will allow visitors to get in-depth information on historic properties at the touch of a button," McSwain said. "We currently have 15 cell-phone tours recorded and will add more in the coming months."

The cell-phone tours can be accessed by calling (501) 203-3015 or by visiting http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/tours-events-workshops/audio-tours/. Current tours include Boyle Park (Stop 21), First Lutheran Church (Stop 41), Robert E.

Group raising funds for lignite core sampling

Group raising funds for lignite core sampling

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – A group supporting the development of lignite mining in south Arkansas is working to raise a $1.6 million match for a federal grant to conduct lignite core sampling.

Led by State Rep. Garry Smith, the group hopes to obtain a total of $3 million for the project. The core sampling is the first step in developing and mining south Arkansas lignite. Smith is hopeful that the funds can be raised, and said Governor Mike Beebe has pledged to support the project if funding is available.

Smith and other proponents of lignite development in Arkansas contend that mining the natural resource would be a boost to the region that has seen little economic growth in recent years. As a comparison, the Red Hills Mine in Mississippi reported a $13 million payroll with 180 employees in 2003.

Your chance to win during $50,000 Energy Efficiency contest

Your chance to win  during $50,000 Energy Efficiency contest

Little Rock, Ark. — May 2, 2011 — The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas announce the Fourth Annual $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest beginning on Monday, May 2.

"The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas consistently strive to assist cooperative members with energy efficiency throughout the year, but for the past four summers the effort has included a $50,000 energy efficiency makeover contest," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "The local cooperatives work tirelessly to educate members about the benefits of energy efficiency. The annual makeover contest is a great statewide effort to highlight the cooperatives’ commitment to members."

The grand prize winner of the makeover receives up to $50,000 in energy-efficiency improvements.

Corps issues small craft advisory for Arkansas River

Corps issues small craft advisory for Arkansas River

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., -  The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River in Arkansas because recent heavy rains have caused flows to rise.  During the high flows, strong currents and large debris can threaten the safety of pleasure craft.

Flows at Trimble Lock and Dam at Fort Smith were about 160,000 cubic feet per second and climbing.  Flows at Dardanelle Lock and Dam at Russellville were 171,000 c.f.s. and are climbing.  Flows at Murray Lock and Dam at Little Rock were about 80,000 c.f.s. and are climbing.  Flows at Emmett Sanders Lock and Dam at Pine Bluff were about 70,000 c.f.s.

FexEx exec to address Ark. aerospace industry

FexEx exec to address Ark. aerospace industry

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- FedEx Executive Gregory Hall will address the Governor’s Aerospace Summit on Tuesday, March 29 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The Summit will bring together nearly 200 industry leaders, government officials and educators to discuss the progress and needs of the aviation and aerospace industry in Arkansas. The Summit is organized by the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) Aerospace Training Consortium.

Hall is Senior Vice President of Technical Operations for Memphis-based FedEx Express.