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2014 Water Carnival Coloring Contest is one week away

2014 Water Carnival Coloring Contest is one week away

BATESVILLE, Ark. (BCOC) - Local elementary schools will participate in the 2014 White River Water Carnival Coloring Contest.  Each elementary school student will receive a coloring sheet to take home and color.  We are asking our local businesses to be display locations and exchange colored sheets for tokens.  On Saturday, September 13th, the tokens can be redeemed for a FREE carnival ride during the White River Water Carnival.  If you would like for your business to be a display location, please contact Allison Phelps at (870) 793-2378 or Allison.phelps@mybatesville.org for details.  Display locations will be printed on the coloring sheets on Thursday, August 21st. 

(Source: Batesville Chamber of Commerce)

Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

Take a look at the Arkansas State Fair handbooks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The 75th annual Arkansas State Fair is coming up soon! As a matter of fact, it runs from October 10 to 19. 

My Town Hero: The Motivator

My Town Hero: The Motivator

JACKSONVILLE Ark. (KTHV) - Every now and then, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. One man in the city of Jacksonville has made it his duty to inspire just about everyone he encounters. It's one of many reasons he was nominated for My Town Hero.

When James Bolden is on the move, he's bound to light someone on fire with enthusiasm.

"He makes people feel motivated by his demeanor, his behavior, personality everything about him," said Jill Ross, Jacksonville human resource director. Internationally, he's known as The Motivator, but Ross also knows him as a city alderman. When employee morale was down, she knew exactly who to turn to. "He spent 15 hours of his own time training 300 city employees.”

She said Alderman Bolden spent an hour teaching them how to handle stress and stay motivated during tough economic times.

Major changes coming to downtown Batesville

Major changes coming to downtown Batesville

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Main Street in downtown Batesville has changed a lot over recent years, but its biggest change could be coming soon. Main Street Batesville, an organization dedicated to revitalizing Main Street and downtown, has revealed plans for a new streetscape that is intended to increase foot traffic, encourage visits to the area, and bring in new businesses.

Joel Williams, executive director of Main Street Batesville, explained that the street scape is only in its beginning stages right now, and board members are trying to raise funds for the project before it goes into full swing. Main Street Batesville recently invited the city’s residents to the area to show them how the layout will work and get feedback on the project. Williams said about 70 percent of the people surveyed approved of the changes, and some of the final plans will be tweaked based on the response they received.

THV11 in Your Town feature: Batesville

THV11 in Your Town feature: Batesville

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – I’m not going to lie. I think I chose Batesville for this trip just because I wanted to visit my old home again and see how much it has changed since I graduated from Lyon.

I could immediately see several changes as I drove in from Highway 167. Southside seems to have blossomed quickly into a busy area; Colton’s has moved to the old Bonanza site, my beloved Quizno’s/”secret” study place has shut down, and a Walgreen’s now sits where the old gas station and Baskin Robbins once stood. Things were even changing on campus and in the downtown area.

LYON COLLEGE

The biggest change at Lyon so far is the new Edwards Commons building. The original building was destroyed by fire in 2010, but a new 44,000 square-foot building has risen in its place, housing a campus store, mailboxes, a dining area and bistro, and the student life center.

Third annual Celtic Poetry Contest accepting entries

Third annual Celtic Poetry Contest accepting entries

BATESVILE — The third annual Celtic Poetry Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Scottish Festival is now accepting entries. The entry deadline is March 31.

Entries into the free contest may be any style and any length. Poems must have a Celtic theme or be in traditional Celtic form. The seven Celtic nations include Ireland, Galicia, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Scotland and Wales. Entries will be judged by two-time contest winner, Kenton Adler.

“I will only have access to the content, so I won’t have any knowledge of who the author is during the judging,” Adler said. “Our plan is that the winner of each year’s contest will be the succeeding judge for the next competition. We had 11 entries in last year’s contest. We’d like to see 20 to 30 this year.”

The winning poem will be read, by the author if possible, at the Celtic Concert April 11 during the Scottish Festival. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. First place prize is $100.