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THV11 in Your Town feature: Batesville

THV11 in Your Town feature: Batesville

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – I’m not going to lie. I think I chose Batesville for this trip just because I wanted to visit my old home again and see how much it has changed since I graduated from Lyon.

I could immediately see several changes as I drove in from Highway 167. Southside seems to have blossomed quickly into a busy area; Colton’s has moved to the old Bonanza site, my beloved Quizno’s/”secret” study place has shut down, and a Walgreen’s now sits where the old gas station and Baskin Robbins once stood. Things were even changing on campus and in the downtown area.

LYON COLLEGE

The biggest change at Lyon so far is the new Edwards Commons building. The original building was destroyed by fire in 2010, but a new 44,000 square-foot building has risen in its place, housing a campus store, mailboxes, a dining area and bistro, and the student life center.

Ozark-St. Francis Nat. Forest opens shooting range


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Ozark-St. Francis National Forests has opened a new shooting range in Newton County.

Newton County Sheriff Keith Slape says having the range allows his deputies to maintain their law enforcement standards without having to drive long distances to other areas.

Slape also says the range will be a drawing point for the Newton County area as other law enforcement agencies use it for training.

The Shelton Point Shooting Range has a shed, five shooting stations, covered benches and backstops at 25, 50 and 100-yard ranges for visitors looking for a safe place to practice pistol and rifle shooting. The range also features a wheel-chair accessible area with a bench, concrete sidewalks and special parking.

The range was developed by the sheriff's office and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Drainage work will require lane closures on Highway 7

Drainage work will require lane closures on Highway 7

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) Drainage work will require lane closures on Highway 7 (Arkansas Avenue) in Russellville, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will be replacing a culvert beneath the roadway. The work will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction between Highway 64 (Main Street) and Parkway Drive.

The lane closures will be Sunday, June 22nd between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., weather permitting. Traffic will be controlled using barrels and warning signs.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @AHTD.

Orange barrels used as fish shelters in Arkansas


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has found a use for broken, damaged and discarded orange traffic barrels.

Fisheries biologist Bob Limbird and assistant Frank Leone are taking the barrels from the state Highway and Transportation Department. They and volunteers saw openings into the sides of the barrels, insert plastic pipe and add some concrete for weight - then drop them into lakes in spots where they'll be below boat depths.

These barrels provide cover for many species of fish and fishermen like them because they provide a readily accessible spot where catches are likely to be made.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Update: Rebecca 'Becky' Upton back home


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A Russellville teen reported missing earlier this month has returned home.

Russellville Police PIO Drew Latch tells THV 11 that Rebecca 'Becky' Upton returned home over the weekend.

She was last seen around 9:30 p.m. June 1 leaving a neighbor's house on South El Paso Avenue and E. 19th Street.


Give blood with the American Red Cross and help maintain the summer blood supply

Give blood with the American Red Cross  and help maintain the summer blood supply

UNDATED (June 3, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make and keep donation appointments to maintain the summer blood supply and help prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with type O negative, B negative and A negative.

While the need for blood remains constant during the summer, donations drop. Between June and August, on average, two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what hospitals need. This seasonal decline could be overcome if just two additional donors – above what is expected – give blood at each Red Cross blood drive this summer.