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Who's up for a scavenger hunt??

Who's up for a scavenger hunt??

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – Jacksonville Parks and Recreation will host a scavenger hunt soon!

According to a spokesperson for the department, the scavenger hunt will happen Sat., Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stonewall Park on 100 Berkshire Drive.

All ages are welcome, and food and admission are free.

For more information, visit www.cityofjacksonville.net/parks.

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Live Salsa Music & More During Latino Food & Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 6-10pm, enjoy a night of delicious Latin food, wonderful atmosphere, live salsa music, and even better company!

Featuring food vendors from Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Columbia & Nicaragua. It all happens at the Argenta Farmers Market Plaza, 520 Main Street, Argenta Arts District, downtown NLR.

Protect yourself during tick season

Protect yourself during tick season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas has some of the highest levels of tick-related illnesses of any state in the nation and we are expecting another big year. In 2012, over 900 cases of tick-related illness were reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). Five of these cases resulted in death. Cases were found in 63 counties, with illnesses occurring every month of the year but peaking in June. Because many of these illnesses go unreported, the actual number of persons sick from tick-related illness is much higher.

According to Susan Weinstein, DVM, MPH, Zoonotic Disease Section Chief at ADH, “Tick-related illnesses are serious and can be deadly if not treated properly. It is very important that people realize the seriousness of the infections that some ticks can carry, and to see their doctor if ill. Thankfully, we can prevent many of these infections if we become aware of the risks and take some simple precautions.”

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

Arkansas dramatically improves bike-friendly ranking

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wednesday is the first day of National Bike Month and The League of American Bicyclists is releasing its latest rankings among bicycle friendly states. The results show that Arkansas is making great strides in improving its accommodation of cyclists.

Arkansas moved up 13 spots in the survey, the second largest jump in the entire country. Arkansas is now number 37 among the 50 states. Just last year, Arkansas was at the bottom of the list.  

“The bicycling culture in Arkansas has grown more popular in recent years and we are responding,” says Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett.  “The results serve as an affirmation that our statewide efforts are making a real difference in The Natural State.”

City water deluges competition in region-wide taste test

City water deluges competition in region-wide taste test

HOT SPRINGS – Hot Springs Municipal Utilities was named the winner in a drinking water taste test held during a recent meeting in Benton, Arkansas of the Central District Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association.  Competitors included Benton Water, Center Grove Water Association, Central Arkansas Water, Jacksonville Water and Conway Corporation.

Drinking water samples from each competitor were given blind labels and served to judges Tim Bratton, Little Rock Wastewater; Thea Hughes, Jacksonville Wastewater; Fred Oswald, Oswald Engineering; and Jane Hurley, ADEQ. 

Krewe of Barkus Parade Kicks Off Argenta Mardi Gras

Krewe of Barkus Parade Kicks Off Argenta Mardi Gras

Join us for the Fourth Annual Krewe of Barkus Parade Sunday, Feb. 10, 2:00 p.m., starts and ends at the CityGrove Art Park on 5th Street between Main and Maple. Bring your beads, your friends, your masks, and your dogs to join in the parade fun! Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Then, LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER et BON APPETITE! For those who do not speak Cajun...Let the Good Times Roll and Enjoy!!!

Argenta's Annual Mardi Gras Party is Monday, Feb. 11, at Starving Artist Cafe. Tickets are $35 per person - includes incredible gumbo, jambalaya, soaked salad, and red beans and rice by Chef Jason Morell, plus all the beads and feather masks you envie!

Fais do do to the jazz stylings of The Bob Boyd Sounds!!!

AGFC approves grant for Paradise Park Wildlife Observation Trail

AGFC approves grant for Paradise Park Wildlife Observation Trail

During the February 2012 meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners approved the use of up to $1 million to fund 13 Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program grant projects. Included in the 13 projects was an $86,000.00 grant to fund a 6’-8’ wide 1/3-1/2 mile long asphalt loop trail and paved parking in Jacksonville. The money for the program comes from the AGFC’s gas lease revenue.