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THV EXTRA: Arkansas high school's helmet safety ratings

THV EXTRA: Arkansas high school's helmet safety ratings

UNDATED (KTHV) -- Football is a favorite past-time for many Arkansans, but it's also a fairly violent sport which can be dangerous. For the players, there are risks, specifically for young players. Many studies show high school football is the sport with the highest concussion rate.

It's been nearly five years since Timothy Robinson last played football. He can barely speak and is confined to a wheel chair. His mom is now his primary caregiver.

"There are times I cry a lot and you know what else can I do?" Evelyn McGhee says.

During a game, the 18-year-old Alabama high school student suffered a traumatic brain injury after a simple tackle. His family later sued the helmet maker. The company settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money.

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host boater education course

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host boater education course

Lake Dardanelle State Park, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Auxiliary Coast Guard are partnering to provide a Boating Education Course open to the public. Plan to attend the Boating Education Course offered March 3 & 4, 2014 at the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center Classroom from 6-9 p.m. You must attend both nights to complete the course.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s “Mandatory Boating Education Regulation states that:  “Anyone born after 1985 must take and pass an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Boating Education Course and carry proof that he or she has satisfactorily completed the course in order to operate a motorboat in Arkansas.”

The minimum 6 hour course includes; boat classification, registration, lifesaving equipment, navigation aids, rules of the road, maintenance, courtesy, and much more. The course is free of charge and is open to a limited number.  Pre-registration is required.  Please call 479-967-5516.

Registration for adult summer softball league starting up soon

Registration for adult summer softball league starting up soon

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Russellville Recreation and Parks Department will hold an organizational meeting for Adult Summer Softball on March 3, 2014. 

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes Community Center.  Anyone interested in entering a team in the summer softball league will need to have a representative present at this meeting. 

Registration will begin on Tuesday, March 4 and end on Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. 

If you are unable to attend, the necessary forms are available in the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department office or online at www.russellvillearkansas.org. For information, contact the Hughes Center at 479-968-1272.

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for February

Lake Dardanelle State Park events for February

Eagle Tours – Lake Dardanelle State Park is proud to offer free winter lake cruises for the best chance of seeing our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle.  Many other spectacular birds will be in the area for viewing including American White Pelicans, ducks, and Snow Geese. Please dress warmly as temperatures and winds are more severe on the lake. In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible for our tours we will be taking reservations this year.  You will need to call the visitor center at 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat.  We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the Tournament Weigh-In Facility.  Also, in case of inclement weather, call 1 hour before tour time for possible cancellations.

Saturday, February 1st

Trout Day rescheduled for Jan. 11

Trout Day rescheduled for Jan. 11

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (City of Russellville) - Trout Day has been rescheduled for January 11. 

The event hosted by the CADDIS Fly Fishing Club, the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Pleasant View Park. 

Winter at the Lake, “A celebration of our natural wonders”

Winter at the Lake, “A celebration of our natural wonders”

RUSELLVILLE, Ark. (Lake Dardanelle State Park) - Bring the whole family to the park for this one day winter event. On December 7, 2013 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 4:30 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 20% off sale in the gift shop. During the day you will get a chance to make some bird ornaments for your tree at home, create a bird feeder made from recycled materials, and measure up to an Eagle.

Basic Trout Fishing Clinic coming up on Dec. 3

Basic Trout Fishing Clinic coming up on Dec. 3

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Hughes Center will hold a Basic Trout Fishing Clinic on Dec. 3.

The clinic will be at the Hughes Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is free. A spokesperson said a free rod and reel voucher will be issued to the first 50 kids who attend the clinic; they must be 15 years or younger.

The spokesperson said that voucher can be redeemed at Pleasant View Park during Trout Day, which is Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Both the Clinic and Trout Day is sponsored by CADDIS Fly Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department.