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Business Luncheon to be held on Jan. 20

Business Luncheon to be held on Jan. 20

BATESVILLE, AR (Chamber of Commerce) - Area professionals are invited to First Baptist Church annex, 610 E. Main, every 1st and 3rd Thursday for a professionals and business luncheon. The luncheon lasts from noon-12:45 p.m., with lunch provided and a 10 minute program.

Aviation Repair Technologies to expand its Blytheville facility

BLYTHEVILLE, Arkansas (January 5, 2011) - Aviation Repair Technologies (ART), an aircraft and component repair company, today announced an expansion of its facility at the Arkansas Aeroplex in Blytheville. The company will invest more than $10 million in the project initially and will create 300 new jobs, taking total employment at the facility to approximately 600 people.

According to Ben Quevedo, ART's CEO, "We are delighted to make a long term commitment to the further expansion of our operations in Blytheville. The quality of our talented and growing workforce, together with the central location and expansive facilities at the Aeroplex, has enabled us to attract a strong customer base by providing first-class service at very competitive rates."

Sugar Bowl means big boost for business

Robert Mhoon is the man behind the meat counter at Hestand's in the Heights, sharpening up for a busy day.

"We've been extremely busy, taking a lot of specialty orders, things of that nature, everybody's getting ready for the game," Mhoon said.

We caught him starting on the some chicken wings. "This is an order for some hot wings, someone's wanting to make, fifty wings," Mhoon said.

And the dozens of orders go well beyond that.

"We've been doing a lot of shrimp plates, cut some pork loin roasts, some standing prime rib roast," Mhoon said.

Plus some Razorback Dip on the side.

"It's just basically a cheese dip, people use for, you know, a dip to watch the ball games with," Mhoon said.

There was plenty of cheese and toppings at Razorback Pizza game night.

"It ought to be one of the biggest nights of our year, we're expecting a full house," David Cole said.

T Tauri Film Festival accepting submissions

T Tauri Film Festival accepting submissions

T Tauri Film Festival - If you are a filmmaker in grades 6 through 12, we invite you to submit your film to the T Tauri Young Filmmakers Competition, one of the longest-running competitive youth film showcases in the country. While only a few films can be winners, a large number of entries will be screened for the public at the 7th T Tauri Film Festival in Batesville, Arkansas, and will be posted on the online young filmmakers screening room/learning lab, the T Tauri Galaxy.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2011. If you have any questions about the competition, call 870-251-1189 or email ttauri@wildblue.net.

Ring in the New Year safely: DUI checkpoints & free taxi rides

Ring in the New Year safely: DUI checkpoints & free taxi rides

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Ringing in the New Year with alcohol isn't uncommon, but that's why there are DUI checkpoints across the state. To make sure you don't become another drunk driving statistic, Yellow Cab is ready to take you where you need - safely.
Yellow Cab is gearing up for their biggest night of the year; New Year's Eve. All drivers, operators and managers will be on deck to keep up with demand because on New Year’s Eve they don't do reservations.
David Wages is the Senior Vice President at Yellow Cab. He says, "We anticipate fielding somewhere in the neighborhood of probably 6 to 7,000 right now."
But not everyone will be picked up; drivers don't have time to wait if you wonder off from the pick-up spot.

Arkansas to observe Civil War's 150th anniversary

To observe the Civil War's anniversary, at Pine Bluff, the old Boone Murphy House is being renovated. The house served as a Union Army headquarters in the Civil War for a spell.

In Helena-West Helena, reconstruction of a Union Army fort near downtown and an encampment where slaves left plantations and joined Union soldiers is nearing completion.

And in Batesville, the Independence County Historical Society and Batesville Community Theatre are putting the final touches on a reader's theater production that will feature eyewitness accounts of the Civil War in that northeast Arkansas county.

Mark Christ, a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, says Arkansas' secession from the union was arguably the most important event in the state's history.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Red Cross helps displaced families this Christmas

Every year, unfortunately we hear about Thanksgiving and Christmas house fires. They're usually preventable. The Red Cross is always there to help pick up the pieces, but also wants to remind folks how to avoid a fire this winter.

Since Thanksgiving, many house fires have been caused by bad wiring, fireplaces, candles and overloaded circuits. But the leading cause is cooking mishaps.

Brigette Williams with the Red Cross says, "With the exception of a lightning strike, fires are preventable."

Williams says it's been a devastating holiday. She explains, "Christmas Day we had four homes that were destroyed by fire including one that took the life of a two-year-old."