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Ritz Theater debuts film by Malvern native

Ritz Theater debuts film by Malvern native

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - A film written by former Oaklawn Jockey and Malvern native is set to debut at the Ritz Theater on Friday. 

Otto Thorwarth is the writer of Cowboys and Jesus, which will be played at the Ritz Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. Thorwarth will also be starring in the film, along with Scott McClard from McClard's BBQ in Hot Springs along with a group of other local actors. 

To see the trailer to the film, click here

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Boating emergency training on DeGray Lake

Boating emergency training on DeGray Lake

CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Crews from 34 Arkansas fire departments will be out on DeGray Lake and near the Caddo River on Saturday, May 30 to train people on how to act in various life-threatening scenarios.

The 12th annual Arkansas Fire Boat School training event will include a strenuous day of exercises designed by leaders in emergency response. Officials from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Arkansas Fire Academy, LifeNet, Air Evac, and a host of fire departments from across the state will act out scenarios for those registered to show different tactics on handling certain fire and water situations. 

Scenarios include: Wildland Fire Scenario, Urban Slackwater Scenario, Gas Pump Explosion Medical Scenario, Water Stream Operations, and a Defensive Driving Serpentine Course.

Over 300 people are registered to train, participate, volunteer, and instruct. 

Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

Basketball tournament to benefit local youth organizations

BRYANT, Ark. (KTHV) - Boys and girls of all ages will hit the basketball courts on June 6 not only for the competition, but also for a good cause. 

Chick-fil-A off Reynolds Road in Bryant is teaming up with Landers of Benton and Team USA to host a Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, June 6. The event will be held at Bishop Park in Bryant and will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Bryant and Team USA.

"We are very grateful for our growing customer base and believe strongly in giving back to the community where ever we can. It's a must," said Guy Parker, owner/operator of Bryant Chick-fil-A and sponsor of the tournament. The Chick-fil-A Connect 3ON3 Basketball Tournament will be a great way to provide fun and entertainment, while raising money for...two organizations that help ensure great futures for our local youth."

Arkadelphia neighbors upset over drainage failure


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - A drainage problem is causing major problems backing up into an Arkadelphia neighborhood. Neighbors say something needs to be done, and the city says it doesn't have the money and community leaders say the situation is unacceptable.

"I told Mr. Bolt, I said 'when are we going to fix these streets?' and he said 'there's no money', and you don't want to know what I said to him, I'm going to keep that off the camera," said Joann Nelson, who took over as Ward 4 director in Arkadelphia in January.

Stanley Powell, one of Nelson's constituents, was forced from his home over the weekend when a drainage ditch flooded. On Wednesday she consoled Powell after his wife died the night before.

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Storm uproots trees across rural Clark County


CLARK COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)- High winds caused heavy damage in Clark County early Monday morning.

State Road 51 in Arkadelphia took the brunt of the storm that passed through around 3 a.m. Monday, May 11. The storm downed trees and knocked out power to several residents in the area.

Longtime Arkadelphia resident, Frances Corn, once had a lawn covered with tall, shady oak trees. On Monday, it was a mess of tree limbs and broken branches.

"The house seems to be okay," said Corn. "I have no broken windows. I don't have any holes. I probably have some wind damage."

Corn was alone in her home Monday morning when a powerful storm whipped through Arkadelphia, taking down trees and creating a clear path of destruction along State Road 51.

"As it started getting lighter, I could notice out my front windows (and) I thought all the trees were gone," said Corn.

Gov Hutchinson to visit AHS, present coding initiative to students

Gov Hutchinson to visit AHS, present coding initiative to students

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (Arkadelphia Public Schools) - Governor Asa Hutchinson will visit Arkadelphia High School on Monday, May 11, as part of a state tour promoting his computer science initiative.

After his arrival at 2 P.M., the governor is scheduled to observe AHS’s GeoDesign classroom in action. Student ambassadors of the AHS New Tech program will guide a half-hour long tour of the project based learning (PBL) GeoDesign class, led by the co-teaching team of engineering instructor Bud McMillion and geometry instructor James Williams, which prepares students for future AHS classes that utilize computer coding in projects such as robot programming.

Hutchinson will conclude his AHS visit on Monday by delivering a presentation to AHS’s students explaining the importance of computer science, and to encourage participation in newly credited computer-coding classes, which he has supported.

Water park opens Saturday at Magic Springs

Water park opens Saturday at Magic Springs