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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.

THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

THV 11 in My Town visit: Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – My most recent THV11 in My Town visit brought me to the lovely city of Russellville.


My first stop on this visit was at the Chamber of Commerce with executive vice president Stephanie Beerman and Amanda Johnson, A&P marketing assistant for the Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peak Regions.

While a COC is always centered on business and providing its members with multiple networking opportunities, Stephanie also had an extended list of new events coming up in the Russellville area that the city’s residents can enjoy.

Arkansas ranked 38th on Yahoo’s beer list

Arkansas ranked 38th on Yahoo’s beer list

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Have you ever wondered which states have the best offerings of craft beer? Look no further because Yahoo.com has created a list telling you just where you can look.

Arkansas ranks 38th on the list with 50th being worst and first being the best.

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."

International Students Visit Conway Homeless Shelter

International Students Visit Conway Homeless Shelter

Bethlehem House recently enjoyed having Hendrix International Program students at the shelter for a tour. The young adults from Rwanda and The People’s Republic of China, accompanied by program sponsor Claudia Courtway, were given a tour of the facility, spent time bagging rice and then shared their culture.  The cultural presentations, songs and dance entertained the staff and residents, most of whom have never traveled outside the United States.  Shay, a resident of the shelter, said, “I really enjoyed the program. It was very interesting and I’m glad I was a part of it.”  Another resident, Krystal, stated, “I was surprised to find how different the cultures of Rwanda and China are from ours and how happy the international students are to be here in the U.S.”

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: