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72nd Annual White River Water Carnival schedule announced

72nd Annual White River Water Carnival schedule announced

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and 2015 sponsors are pleased to announce the 72nd Annual White River Water Carnival schedule of events that will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Riverside Park in Batesville.

BACC President/CEO Crystal Johnson stated, “This year’s Water Carnival events will bring back some favorites like the Bone Collector and White River’s Got Talent. And visitors to Riverside Park will enjoy new attractions like the revamped Kidzone, Duck Boat Races, and the Crash Derby. Other entertainment will feature Miss Batesville, Miss Batesville’s Outstanding Teen, Miss White River and Miss White River Outstanding Teen as well as Miss Independence County. The Water Carnival is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to the area to have a family-friendly day on the White River, and the event is a great boost to our tourism economy. We hope to see an even bigger crowd than we saw last year.”

CADC accepting applications for summer LIHEAP program

BENTON, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council is currently accepting applications for the summer regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance with mass intake days that begin July 6, 2015.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:


Chamber Golf Classic winners awarded

Chamber Golf Classic winners awarded

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Awards were given to the winners of the 10th Annual Chamber Golf Classic.

In June of 2015 at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 120 golfers from thirty teams competed. Teams were divided into three flights. 

Winners are as follows:

1st Flight    

1st Place – Bartlett Tire

2nd Place – Walmart Supercenter 

3rd Place – Vital Link

2nd Flight   

1st Place – The Cone Group

2nd Place – S.F. Fiser & Company 

3rd Place – Douglas Tate & Friends

3rd Flight   

1st Place – Kangaroos

2nd Place – Cup’d Up Outdoors

3rd Place – Lyon College

Batesville Foundation donates money to IMPACT Independence County

Batesville Foundation donates money to IMPACT Independence County

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The Batesville Independence County Economic Development Foundation (BICEDF) Board of Directors has voted to help fund the efforts of the IMPACT Independence County strategic planning initiative.

Visually impaired woman awarded Consumer of the Year

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Department of Human Services) - Renee Meeler of Batesville, who is visually impaired, has been named the area’s outstanding Consumer of the Year by the Department of Human Services Division of Services for the Blind (DSB).

Meeler is employed as a Program Eligibility Supervisor with DHS Division of County Operations Access Arkansas Processing Center in Batesville. She was involved in the center’s inception four years ago.

DSB Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Darline Tucker nominated her for the achievement award because of her determination to overcome adversity and succeed at work. “Mrs. Meeler has worked in one capacity or another with DHS for the past 27 years, which is an exemplary accomplishment in my opinion and serves as a testament to her impressive work ethic and dedication.”

Lyon receives grant from the Winthrop Rockefelller Foundation

Lyon receives grant from the Winthrop Rockefelller Foundation

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon)- A grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation will help young men attending Lyon College become leaders in Arkansas.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation awarded Lyon $125,000 to fund the “Spragins Scholars: Transforming Men from Low-Income Backgrounds into Leader-Advocates for Arkansas” program. The grant will support academic, leadership, professional, and social development programming for low-income male students. The goal is to help marginalized young men become leaders in their communities across the state. The grant will be paid in four annual installments from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019.