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Arkansas Tech Greek Organizations Gather Food for Local Children

Arkansas Tech Greek Organizations Gather Food for Local Children

Some of them were gathered around tables or sat on the floor, filling bags and cardboard boxes with food.

Others were carrying armload after armload of food from their cars into Tucker Coliseum. Still more were organizing the 22,000 donated food items so that they could be delivered to the correct elementary school.

Regardless of which Greek organization they are from, students from Arkansas Tech University fraternities and sororities had a common mission on Tuesday evening — fighting hunger among the youth of Russellville.

When the “Greeks Give Back” collection event was finished, Arkansas Tech students had accumulated more than $16,000 in food items such as toaster pastries, snack crackers, pudding, fruit cups, cereal, fresh fruit, cheese and breadstick snacks and microwaveable macaroni and cheese.

Lake Dardanelle to host kids' bicycle rally for Resource Rendezvous Event

Lake Dardanelle to host kids' bicycle rally for Resource Rendezvous Event

Lake Dardanelle State Park will be hosting a bicycle rally as part of the annual Resource Rendezvous event. Join us in celebrating the great outdoors. This bicycle rally will be held May 4, 2013 for age 2-13. Helmets are required; we will have a limited number of helmets on hand that can be borrowed. We will have three age divisions: ages 2-6 with training wheels, ages 6-9 without training wheels, and ages 10-13 (without training wheels), this division will also have trivia challenges to complete as part of the race. You must register; either before the event at the visitor center or the morning of at the registration table located at the weigh-in pavilion. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and races will begin at 10 a.m. There is no entry fee. Prizes will be awarded after all races are complete followed by a free lunch which will be provided to all participants.

Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks Tourism Award Recipients

Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks Tourism Award Recipients

The Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks Tourism Association’s Annual Banquet was held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 6:30pm. The Yell County Wildlife Federation hosted the event. The format of the event included a silent auction and dinner.

In conjunction with the Annual Banquet, awards were given to events/individuals/companies for the County Tourism Awards as well as the Charlie Johnson Award. The following were recipients of those awards:

COUNTY TOURISM AWARDS

Conway County Tourism Award - Petit Jean Antique Auto Show

Johnson County Tourism Award  - Oark General Store

Logan County Tourism Award  - David Spicer

Perry County Tourism Award  - Vivian Hoyt

Pope County Tourism Award  - Ray Scheide

Yell County Tourism Award  - Front Street Restoration

Hoof it for Heifer

Hoof it for Heifer

A 20k Trail Run
Petit Jean State Park

April 13, 2013

Race starts at 8:00 A.M. No race day registrations. $45 by April 1 & $55 after April 1. Recommended for experienced trail runners. All proceeds benefit Heifer International,www.heifer.org. Register online or print a registration form and mail it in.

For more information, contact info@heifertrailrun.org.

Blood donations needed in Pope County

Blood donations needed in Pope County

Celebrate Red Cross Month by getting involved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 4, 2013) — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to support their communities by giving blood or platelets, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those involved enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient needs around the clock. With the generous support of blood donors, the Red Cross can help ensure all patients have the blood products they need, no matter when or where.

Habitat for Humanity offers Collegiate Challenge

Habitat for Humanity offers Collegiate Challenge

Collegiate Challenge is Habitat for Humanity’s year-round alternative break program that offers college students, the opportunity to visit one of the 200 host affiliates throughout the United States. Groups spend one week working in partnership with the local Habitat affiliate, the local community and partner families to help eliminate poverty housing in the area.

March 4-9, 2013 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer along with Collegiate Challenge students visit our website www.habitatsalinecounty.com

A problem few would expect in Russvegas

A problem few would expect in Russvegas

Homelessness. It’s not a problem that one would expect here in Russellville. Little Rock? Tulsa? Memphis? Sure. But Russellville?
That line of thinking was common for Fred Teague. He wasn’t new to helping other people, but when he met Ashley Francis, she showed him a new way to help, and the two have been a dynamic duo since.
Teague has, for the past several years, made meals for distribution on Christmas morning. On Christmas day of 2012, he helped distribute 230 meals. When he grew curious about what it would take to feed some local homeless people, he got in contact with Francis. She pulled him into a world he didn’t even know existed, full of helping the homeless around Russellville.
“Our community does have a homeless problem,” Francis said.