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Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.

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Little Rock Marathon prices go up Oct. 31

Little Rock Marathon prices go up Oct. 31

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The cost to enter the Little Rock Marathon will soon be a little bit more expensive.

A spokesperson for the marathon said online fees will be at Marathon - $90, Half Marathon - $65, 10K - $30, 5K Fun Run - $25, and Little Rockers - $20 through midnight on Oct. 31. After that, prices will go up.

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, fees will be Marathon - $95, Half Marathon - $70, 10K - $35, 5K Fun Run - $25, and Little Rockers - $20 . And, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 21, fees will be Marathon - $100, Half Marathon - $75, 10K - $40, 5K Fun Run - $30, and Little Rockers - $25.

Other deadlines for the marathon include Dec. 31 being the last day to get personalized race number (this is for marathon and half-marathon only) and Jan. 15 being the last day for corral seeding (Find out what that is:  http://on.kthv.com/1f4sejA).

Run Lizard Creek announces race day on June 1

Run Lizard Creek announces race day on June 1

The bi-annual Run Lizard Creek is having its next race on June 1, 2013. Located in Judsonia, Arkansas, this permanent 8K obstacle challenge course features 30 obstacles —including a new 60 foot water slide—along a five mile stretch of mud, sweat and adventure. Located on more than 480 beautiful acres, this challenging course and timed race event provides a unique experience for runners and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. New for this year’s race is a kids course, three more miles and five more obstacles.

Poff receives Fulbright Scholarship

Poff receives Fulbright Scholarship

By Lilly Hastings, ‘13, Communications Intern

 

Lyon College senior Jon-Michael Poff of Batesville has received an English Teaching Assistantship from the Fulbright Program. Poff will be traveling to the region of Cantabria in Spain in September where he will teach English for one year.

 

The Fulbright Scholarship is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Recipients of the grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

 

Poff originally heard about the program last year from friend and Lyon alumna Maci Powers, ’12. Last spring and summer, Poff researched more about the award, and, in early June, he met with Dr. Alan McNamee, who taught under the Fulbright Fellowship in Poland. Dr. McNamee is the Frank and Marion Bradley Lyon Professor of Accounting at Lyon.

 

Lyon named to community service honor roll

Lyon named to community service honor roll

BATESVILLE — Lyon College has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized 690 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

Programs highlighted by Lyon included the college’s annual Service Day, Free Store and Chimalhuacan Mexico Health Study and Initiative.