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Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Former Batesville Mayor Biard dies at age 74


BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Batesville Mayor Joe Biard - the north Arkansas city's longest serving mayor - has died at age 74.

Roller-Crouch Funeral Home says Biard died Wednesday. The cause of death was not released.

Biard served as Batesville mayor from January 1995 through December 2006. He previously worked as an assistant to then-county Judge Jess Carpenter and once owned radio stations KBTA and KZLE.

He's survived by a son and two grandchildren.

The funeral home says funeral services will be private.

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Information from: Batesville Guard, http://www.guardonline.com/

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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.

35th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival at Lyon College


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lyon College in Batesville is gearing up for the 35th annual Arkansas Scottish Festival. This is a weekend long event that draws thousands every year.

The event is free and will be held at Lyon College. Check out the links below for more information.

Law change creates possible public auction deals

Law change creates possible public auction deals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There's a boost coming to public auctions pushing to get tax money back from delinquent properties.

The state's biggest public sale arrives Tuesday at Verizon Arena.

A recent change in the law starts bidding at how much is owed in taxes, not assessed value.

Commissioner of State Lands, John Thurston, said that it's changing the crowd at the sale.

"And it's bringing more folks out. People that may not have had as deep a pocket can actually come out and be involved in the bidding," said Thurston.

Bidding can begin possibly thousands of dollars lower, but be aware, even if you pay a small amount at the auction, there are still several possibly steep expenses that come with tax delinquent property.

 

Arkansas law enforcement cracking down on texting, driving

Arkansas law enforcement cracking down on texting, driving

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas State Police) -- Arkansas law enforcement officers will join in a collective effort this month to crack down on violators who text while driving.

The statewide effort to curb texting while driving violations is part of a six day national initiative that begins April 10th.

The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign is a twofold initiative that combines additional law enforcement patrols devoted to watching for drivers who are texting along with a national advertising and media outreach plan designed to inform the public about the stepped-up patrols and the driver's responsibility to obey the law.

More Arkansas Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Sorghum Expected

More Arkansas Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Sorghum Expected

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is predicting more acres of rice, cotton, sorghum and soybeans planted in Arkansas this year with fewer acres dedicated to corn and winter wheat. Higher prices in 2013 saw corn become a rising star for Arkansas farmers, but the market has cooled, according to experts... Read More