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Ragweed season in full swing

Ragweed season in full swing


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fall allergy season is already in the air. One of the most common allergens in Arkansas right now is ragweed.

"Here in Arkansas it usually begins in the second or third week of August," said Dr. Karl Sitz, Little Rock Allergy and Asthma Clinic. "And will peak in the first or second week of September, and continue until early October."

He said the plant is more recognizable that you may realize.

"It's a bush that you can look at as you're driving down the road and you'll see it growing on the side of the road in ditches," he said.

The classic symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, watery eyes and a runny nose. But with other fall pollens in the air, it's hard to know for sure if ragweed is the cause of those symptoms.

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

Hospital reports increase in snake bites

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children's Hospital are reporting a 50 percent increase in snake bites this summer.

Children's Hospital typically sees 20 to 25 snake bites a year, but already this year they've treated 30 cases. Donna Parnell-Beasley is the trauma coordinator at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and she says they're not really sure about the uptick, but wants parents to be aware.

"Children may have been outside playing more than when it's really, really hot."

Parnell-Beasley says 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of snakes

"The majority of the injuries we've seen this summer have been on feet where children step down next to a snake and a snake bites them."

UCA adds more recycling bins campus wide

UCA adds more recycling bins campus wide

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA)The University of Central Arkansas will be receiving 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement indoors across the campus as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

In its 9th year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits and local governments, with 35 percent of the total to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

LIST: Swimming areas closed due to E. coli

LIST: Swimming areas closed due to E. coli

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Five swimming areas in Arkansas have been confirmed closed due to an E. coli threat.

According to the Arkansas Health Department, the following areas are shut down at this time:

 

  • Beaverfork Lake – Conway
  • Spring Lake – Yell County
  • Storm Creek – Phillips County
  • Hurricane Lake Estates – Saline County
  • Camp Joshua – Benton County

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E. coli is a large group of bacteria. Some kinds of it can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host a children’s bicycle rally for Resource Rendezvous Event

Lake Dardanelle State Park to host a children’s bicycle rally for Resource Rendezvous Event

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (LDSP) - 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 3, 2014 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.

Events at Lake Dardanelle in May

Events at Lake Dardanelle in May

Lake Cruise –Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat.  Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise.  There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited.  You must register for the tour. Call 479-967-5516 to register for a seat. We will begin boarding 15 minutes before the tour, at the boat dock near the south boat ramp.  (Weather permitting)

Tuesdays & Saturdays at 1:30p.m. – 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 in the visitor center as they feed the fish live food. See for yourself, what’s for lunch?