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Exxon Mobil subsidiaries to pay nearly $5M for oil spill

Exxon Mobil subsidiaries to pay nearly $5M for oil spill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties from a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.

As part of a consent decree set to be filed in a Little Rock federal court Wednesday, the companies would pay about $3.2 million in federal civil penalties in addition to addressing pipeline safety issues and oil-response capacity. They would pay $1 million in state civil penalties, $600,000 for a project to improve water quality at Lake Conway and $280,000 for the state's legal costs.

Assistant Attorney General John Cruden notes that Exxon Mobil doesn't admit liability in agreeing to the measures.

Area photo: Cadron Flats

Area photo: Cadron Flats

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – Imagine standing on top of a ridge, looking down across the tree tops changing colors and the fields in front of you. It would be a beautiful thing to see.

Hunter Parker captured that exact image as he was looking down to the Cadron Flats facing south toward Conway. In this beautiful photo, vehicles look like mere specks from where he was standing.

The Cadron Flats are nestled between Conway and Greenbrier. Running through them is the East Fork Cadron Creek, and farther off is Beaver Fork Lake.

For more details on this area, visit Arkansas.com: http://on.kthv.com/19o56Ye

What part of Arkansas is the most beautiful to you? Snap a photo and share it with us at ageswein@thv11.com.

Lake Conway among Fishhound's 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Lake Conway among Fishhound's 50 Best Crappie Lakes

Want to land some bragging size crappie?  Maybe even break the current IGFA all-tackle record? You’d be wise to fish the lakes rated by Fishhound.com as the best in the country for oversized slabs.

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The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

The Theba Thing: Biking Bliss

"The Theba Thing" is about stepping out of my comfort zone, meeting new people and trying the things that have been on my mind and heart.

In the fall of 2011, I was bitten by the bike-riding bug. I went biking at Two Rivers Park with my brother and his family visiting from Fayetteville. I knew I was going to “have to” go, because they’re big into outdoor activities.  So I rode one of their extra bikes and I absolutely had the time of my life.

I had no idea these wonderful scenic trails existed so close to where I lived. I sure have been living in a comfortable bubble, which usually means to me, where there are no bugs, no potential for bumps and scratches and plenty of air conditioning.

Nevertheless, I was hooked. I started planning how both my mother and I could enjoy bike riding together, and get my friends in on the action as well.  But first I had to convince mom that she would enjoy it as much as I did.

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders are associated with Halloween, but the arachnids will most likely be seen throughout the winter in homes due to the warm summer we experienced. Often popping up after people bring holiday decorations or winter clothing out of storage, Terminix, the nation’s largest pest control company, has a few tips for prevention and protection to limit number of infestations and incidents of bites.

Why do spiders invade homes?

Like most pests, spiders are opportunistic and invade homes out of convenience. Human structures often provide a sheltered environment and can provide easy access to other insects. 

How do spiders get into homes?

Spiders can slip through very small exterior openings.

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

If you didn’t draw a deer permit for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management area hunt this year, there’s still a good chance to get the one you’re after. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 11, at the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and regional offices across the state.

“Typically, we have about 3,000 leftovers available,” said Ashley Bean, AGFC permit program coordinator. “This year, we had almost the same number of applicants, but they were focused only on a few hunts, leaving many unclaimed permits throughout the state.”

Some permits are even available for some of Arkansas’s most coveted wildlife management areas. There’s even permit available for the modern gun hunt at Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA, which normally takes about four years to draw. These high-demand permits are left because people who had enough preference points drew the permit, but did not pay.

Inaugural 'Arkansas Outdoors Expo'

Inaugural 'Arkansas Outdoors Expo'

New hunting and fishing show brings multitude of

outdoor vendors, events, experts to Conway Expo Center Aug. 20, 21

CONWAY, Ark. — A new hunting and fishing expo is coming to the Natural State. Sponsored by Sunrise Marine Center of Searcy and MURPHY USA, the inaugural Arkansas Outdoors Expo will be held August 20-21 at Conway’s brand new, 45,000 sq. ft.