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Historic gown collection to undergo conservation process; may be removed from public exhibit

Historic gown collection to undergo conservation process; may be removed from public exhibit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (OSHM) - The Old State House Museum’s First Ladies’ Gown collection, which contains over 120 years of inaugural gowns worn by Arkansas’s First Ladies, will temporarily close to the public on September 8, 2014, so the gowns can be assessed for conservation needs. The last day to see the collection before the assessment is September 7, 2014.

“The Arkansas First Ladies Gowns at the Old State House Museum are, through the years, our most popular artifacts,” said Bill Gatewood, director of the Old State House Museum. ”Our responsibility to preserve the gowns yet make them accessible to the public creates a very challenging situation.  The Museum staff's decision to begin conservation of the gowns exhibit must balance both considerations.”

Sparks fly over Conway Christmas tree


CONWAY, Ark.(KTHV)- The state's largest artificial Christmas tree was supposed to be undergoing repairs this summer, but as city employees discovered, the tree and its maker were both left in the dark.

It sounds like a scene from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, but this story isn't pretend.

Conway resident Melissa Fischer Bland says the recent tree trouble has her upset.

"It's sad because you think about the amount of money that was spent on that and then the company says they're going to fix it and so it's like what's the town going to do now?"

After the holidays, the tree went back to its manufacturer in Springdale to fix a problem with sections of the tree not lighting up.

Mayor Tab Townsell says the city recently discovered that Get Lit is no longer in business.

The mayor was out of town Thursday on business, but released this statement to THV:

Happy Birthday to Mrs. Honey!

Happy Birthday to Mrs. Honey!

THV 11 is wishing a very happy birthday to Sarah “Mrs. Honey” Davenport!

Davenport will turn 100 on August 21 and has had the pleasure of seeing 5 generations of her family.

This birthday announcement was sent in by Davenport’s granddaughter, Kianna Austin.

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Vilonia School under construction again

Vilonia School under construction again


VILONIA, Ark.(KTHV)- The project was just a few months from completion when hundreds of man hours were destroyed in minutes.

For project manager Lance Wright, this construction site in Vilonia feels eerily familiar.

"We were just a little over 90 percent complete and about a month away from turning the building over to the owner."

When Wright says mother nature had other plans.

"Roof sheets, columns, insulation, there were components of the building just all over the place."

Taking this nearly completed 95,000 square foot intermediate school back to square one.

"Walls are starting to go up. It's starting to look like a building again, so we'll be able to move into that next year."

Zombies coming to Hector

Zombies coming to Hector

HECTOR, Ark. (CASA) – CASA of the 5th Judicial District will host its second annual 5k obstacle course Saturday September 13th at 9 a.m. in Hector. The event will feature live music, food and some motivation to run….. zombies! There will be obstacles throughout the course sponsored by Lee’s Trash, Dardanelle Tire, CSI, Appleton Salvage, and more.

“It is a day with a little something for everyone with the added benefit of helping kids in foster care. If you are not a runner you can sign up as a zombie and try to take the runners “life flags” all while enjoying great food and music from Some Guy Named Robb and entertainment from Michael Doc Davis and Sharpe Dunaway,” said Genney Baker, CASA Director

Participants ages 14 and up can sign up online at www.arkansaszombiechallenge.com       

Happy 100th birthday to Glady Black

Happy 100th birthday to Glady Black

A very happy 100th birthday goes out to Glady Black, of Greenbrier.

Her birthday falls on the 24th of this month.

Her niece, Janis Robbins, sent in the request and told us that Black had worked hard for most of her life, is very steadfast in her beliefs, and has battled colon cancer for almost 10 years with no treatments.

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Conway's Christmas tree back in town; attorney looking into breach of contract

Conway's Christmas tree back in town; attorney looking into breach of contract

Conway’s large artificial Christmas Tree has had a complicated summer that’s left the City Attorney looking into civil remedies against its maker.

In an email today, Mayor Tab Townsell outlined what’s happened since the tree was taken down in January. As per the agreement between the city and the tree’s manufacturer, Get Lit, Get Lit took the tree back to its shop in Springdale to fix a problem with some sections of the tree not lighting up. 

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