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Pool closing affects high school swimmers

Pool closing affects high school swimmers

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas Tech University's decision to close its swimming pool has left Russellville High School's swim team high and dry.

According to RHS Athletic Director Jim Dickerson, the team now has no place to practice or host competitions. The team will likely have to drive to Conway or Clarksville to swim.

Dickerson calls the closing "bad timing" since it occured in the middle of the season.

High repair costs and failure to meet standards to accomodate disabled patrons forced the pool's closure Monday.

Dr. John Watson, Arkansas Tech's vice president of academic affairs, called the cost of maintaining the pool "unsustainable."

'Winter at the Lake' celebrates natural wonders

'Winter at the Lake' celebrates natural wonders

Bring the whole family to the park for this one day winter event. On December 10th 2011 there will be programs, crafts, and refreshments all free of charge. Activities will be going on starting at 9 a.m. and ending with the trimming of our tree at 5 p.m.

Step out of the cold and into the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center and warm up with some hot spiced tea and hot chocolate. Catch up on some Christmas shopping during the 25% off sale in the gift shop. You can make some animal autographs, follow the migration of a bird while playing a life-sized board game and discover what owls like to have for dinner. Get creative and help feed out winter birds by making some edible ornaments to decorate our tree. Come learn about how nature and animals change during the winter at the educational programs that will be offered throughout the day. The day will end with the ceremonial trimming of the Master Naturalist bird feeding tree.

Tech pool to close this month

Tech pool to close this month

 

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (December 1, 2011)--Arkansas Tech University will permanently close the swimming pool inside the Hull Physical Education Building at the end of the fall 2011 semester.

“As we evaluate our institutional priorities during a period of zero increases in state funding, Arkansas Tech must contain costs while maintaining the high quality of its academic programs,” said Dr. John W. Watson, vice president for academic affairs. “The costs associated with maintaining the swimming pool inside the Hull Building are unsustainable. We are mindful that many in our community have enjoyed using the facility over a period of years.

AGFC approves $100K grant for Illinois Bayou Park Trail

AGFC approves $100K grant for Illinois Bayou Park Trail

During the June 2011 meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners approved the use of up to $1 million to fund 13 Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program grant projects.  Included in the 13 projects was a $100,000.00 grant to fund a trail at Illinois Bayou Park in Russellville.  The money for the program comes from the AGFC’s gas lease revenue.

The project for the Illinois Bayou Park trail includes a .9 mile multi-purpose trail with a .3 mile ADA loop and three additional spurs.  The fishing opportunities at the five trail access points along the shore offer bank fisherman a wonderful recreational chance to test their angling skills.  The trail is designed to be optimally attractive for wildlife observation.  The ADA shoreline site will offer a very unique experience for individuals or groups with disabilities.

The trails program grants were recommended by a seven member advisory board appointed by the Director of the Ark

Events at Lake Dardanelle

Events at Lake Dardanelle

Tuesdays and Saturdays at 1:30 pm – What’s for Lunch? –We have 8,000 gallons of aquariums, filled with many of the fish species found in Lake Dardanelle. Join park staff, as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, what’s for lunch? The December 24th feeding will be moved to the 23rd at the same time, as the visitor center will close at noon in observance of the holiday.

 

Saturdays 1:45 p.m. – Critter Crunch – Lake Dardanelle’s diverse habitats provide homes for many creatures large and small. Join a park interpreter in the kid’s corner of the visitor center as she tells you about some of the smaller creatures.

Arkansas River Revival runs Oct. 20-29

Arkansas River Revival runs Oct. 20-29

Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon dedicated the Arkansas River Navigation System, which was, at the time, the largest civil works project ever undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Named for its principal advocates, Senator John L. McClellan (Arkansas) and Senator Robert Kerr (Oklahoma), today the system is responsible for nearly $2 billion in trade transportation in Arkansas annually. In addition, the river provides a wealth of unique recreational and outdoor activities for Arkansas communities and families, as well as visitors to The Natural State.

To highlight the need for further economic development, the Arkansas River Connections is hosting the “Arkansas River Revival,” a 10-day flotilla event along the Arkansas River, October 20-29, 2011.

Week 2 of high school football

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's week two of THV Game Night and we've got cameras spread out all over the state.

Mark Edwards is live on "Today's THV at 6:00" in West Little Rock at Robinson High School where the Senators are playing a double header tonight.