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Conway voters OK funds for Central Landing project

Conway voters OK funds for Central Landing project


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Voters in Conway have approved a plan to rededicate and extend a sales tax to support the redevelopment of the city's former airport into a shopping and restaurant area.

Voters on Tuesday easily approved the measure, which authorizes the city to rededicate an existing 1/8th percent sales tax. The tax will allow the issuance of about $21 million in municipal bonds that will support infrastructure for the planned Central Landing center.

The tax had been set to expire in 2021 but is now extended until 2045.

Plans for the Central Landing project include a department store, shops, restaurants and residential housing. The project is to be built at the site of the city's former airport, which is being replaced by a new airport that recently opened.

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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.”

Petit Jean State Park to host Fun and Games Day on July 4

Petit Jean State Park to host Fun and Games Day on July 4

MORRILTON, Ark. (PJSP) - Petit Jean State Park is offering free activities for families to enjoy throughout the summer.  Numerous family friendly programs and activities will be offered during Independence Day week, including a special day of “old-fashioned” fun and games on Friday, July 4th.

Planned activities for July 4th include a bicycle parade, water balloon games, a kick ball game, a foot race, and more.  A free guitar concert is planned for the early evening, before it gets dark enough for fireworks in other locations.  (Please note that fireworks are not permitted within Petit Jean State Park.)

5 Arkansas properties listed on National Register of Historical Places

5 Arkansas properties listed on National Register of Historical Places

LITTLE ROCK—Five Arkansas properties have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced today.

       The newly listed properties are:

1 Month Later: Faulkner Co., Team Rubicon to host joint press conference

1 Month Later: Faulkner Co., Team Rubicon to host joint press conference

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Faulkner County and Team Rubicon will hold a joint press conference today at 6 p.m. at the Team Rubicon Tent at the Conway Home Depot.

This will mark one month of the Faulkner County Relief Effort, known to Team Rubicon as Operation Rising Eagle.

Daniel and April Smith will attend this conference, and be available for interview. Mr. and Mrs. Smith lost their home and their two boys, Cameron and Tyler, in the April tornado.

For more information about this family and their story, go to www.thatthurch.com.

 

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

‘THV in Your Town’ feature: Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - I spent the day visiting Pine Bluff, walking around and going to different visitor centers. Before I visited the area, I posted on Facebook that I was going to Pine Bluff (See original post: http://on.kthv.com/1jbwVrA). Based on some comments left by folks there, I half-expected to find a city in shambles, with decrepit buildings and sporting a mere shadow of a by-gone era. I was pleasantly surprised to find exactly the opposite.

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.