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My Town Hero: Shirley Faulkner

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Hidden away in the River Valley, specifically Russellville, Ark., is a lady that never tires of giving herself to her passion; sharing the gift of music to everyone she meets.

The lady is Shirley Faulkner, the executive director of Arkansas Center for Music Education (ACME). Shirley founded ACME because of her love of music and her deep desire to bring the art of music to the community around her.

The Arkansas Center of Music Education's mission is to provide quality and affordable (free, if needed) music education in classroom instruction, instrumental and vocal ensembles to students, pre-kindergarten to adult, who would not otherwise have such an educational experience available to them. 

Arkansas Tech University presents Walton Leader Scholars

Arkansas Tech University presents Walton Leader Scholars

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (Arkansas Tech University) - Arkansas Tech University has selected 18 Walton Leader Scholars for the third cohort of its LEAD 21 program.

LEAD 21 is an initiative by the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning that makes the Arkansas Tech Master of Education degree in educational leadership available to selected teachers in northwest Arkansas, Pulaski County, the Delta region and districts throughout Arkansas that have priority schools or schools in need of improvement. 

Courses are delivered through a blended format of online course offerings and seminars.

LEAD 21 is made possible through a $974,157 grant from the Walton Family Foundation. The program began in summer 2013.
   
The third class of Walton Leader Scholars (listed with the educational entity at which they serve) includes:
   

Chiropractors give back to Conway by helping homeless

Chiropractors give back to Conway by helping homeless

CONWAY, Ark. - Doctors Brian and Merissa Beard, husband and wife, have been in Conway for a little over a year, and for the last three months they have been using their skills as Chiropractors to help the homeless.

Merissa says, "We were looking for somewhere to give back to our community. Conway has been awesome giving to us.”

The Beards had worked performing adjustments on Sundays at a homeless church while attending Parker University in Dallas. It was a logical step for the Beards to start helping the homeless through Bethlehem House, Conway’s homeless shelter.

 “Chiropractic adjustments can help in tremendous ways. Anything from treating neck pain, back pain and headaches to helping people sleep better, to function better and for overall health,” Brian added.

The Beards perform chiropractic adjustments at the Bethlehem House once a week either on Monday evenings or Thursday afternoons. 

Russellville event schedule

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The City of Russellville is providing year- around activities for the whole family to enjoy. Don't miss what is going on in your town. 

Their 2015 activity lineup includes:

June

13 Wounded Warrior Fishing Tournament

14 Super Teams Fishing Tournament

19-21 ASA State Tournament (Youth SB) 

26 Sunset Cinema 2

26-28 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Fishing Tour

July

3-5 USSSA State Tournament (Youth SB) 

10 Sunset Cinema 3

17-19 Nationals- Scott Bates

18 Metro Area Bass Club Benefit

24 Sunset Cinema 4

August

1 Bull Jam 2015

8 Elvis Concert

13-15 Rayovac FLW Series

13-15 Bargains Galore on Hwy 64

26-30 Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

September

12 NOV Fishing Tournament

19 CCFA Fishing Tournament

18-19 Outdoor Duck Daze (B&G Club)

Free summer movie lineup in Heber Springs

Free summer movie lineup in Heber Springs

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Free summer movie event 'A Night Under the Stars' begins June 20. 

Teen Recruiters has teamed up with Swank Motion Pictures and local businesses to provide a free movie watching experience at Spring Park in downtown Heber Springs. 

The 2015 lineup includes:

Saturday, June 20- Spare Parts (PG-13)

Saturday, July 11- Paddington (PG)

Saturday, August 22 - Captain America The Winter Solider (PG-13)

Pre-movie events will begin at 7 p.m. and films will begin at dusk. 

Both the pre-movie events and the film showings are free and open for anyone to attend.

For more information on 'A Night Under the Stars' or if you would like to sponsor a free movie night contact Barbara Owens at (501) 238-2413 or Brad Bates (501) 722-0938.

Geocaching for Memorial Day weekend

Geocaching for Memorial Day weekend

ROGERS, Ark. (KTHV) - One holiday is helping Arkansans explore new areas within the Hobbs State Park in Rogers. 

As part of celebrating Memorial Day, the Hobbs State Park is hosting a geocaching event to help get people out and enjoy the wilderness. The event will be held on Saturday, May 23. 

Those who wish to be a part of the activity are asked to register between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the Hobbs State Park visitor center. It is $10 a group. Everyone will have until 3:30 p.m. to find as many caches as they can and return them to the visitor center. 

Championship boat races on Lake Ludwig

Championship boat races on Lake Ludwig

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Boat Racing Society is hosting the North/South Shootout Championship at Lake Ludwig in Clarksville on Saturday and Sunday. 

The championship boat races will feature the competition "stock and modified outboard hydroplane and runabout racing." There will be test racing Friday, May 15 from noon until 5 p.m. Racing will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m., and then again on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

A portion of the winnings will be donated to a local charity, M.A.C. Industries. Admission is free to the public. There will be vendors set up with food and drinks, and personal lawn chairs are encouraged. 

For more information, visit www.racenbra.net or you can contact the Clarksville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce at (479) 754-2340. Racers and NBRA members should call Jeff Ruth at (479) 927-2847.