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215 Arkansas schools honored with reward funds

215 Arkansas schools honored with reward funds

UNDATED, Ark. (Arkansas Learns) - Being a high performing and improving school not only draws recognition and honor, it also can result in additional funding.

In the 2014-2015 school year, 215 public schools were recognized as high performing and gaining schools through the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program. The program recognizes the top 20 percent of schools based on academic achievement, academic growth and graduation rates.

According to the Arkansas Department of Education, “pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §6-15-2107, the Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, high graduation rate.

18th Annual Youth Fishing Derby

18th Annual Youth Fishing Derby

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Fish enthusiasts ages 15 and under are preparing for a day of outdoor fun in Jacksonville. 

Jacksonville Parks and Recreation along with Arkansas Game and Fish are hosting their 18th Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 20 at Dupree Lake at #1 Park St. 

Registration is free and will begin at 7 a.m. The tournament will start at 8 a.m. and will last until 10 a.m. rain or shine. 

Prizes will be awarded for different derby categories such as smallest fish caught, most fish caught and longest fish caught. Participants must be present to receive the awards. 

For more information on the Youth Fishing Derby, call (501) 982-4171.

Free summer movie lineup in Heber Springs

Free summer movie lineup in Heber Springs

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Free summer movie event 'A Night Under the Stars' begins June 20. 

Teen Recruiters has teamed up with Swank Motion Pictures and local businesses to provide a free movie watching experience at Spring Park in downtown Heber Springs. 

The 2015 lineup includes:

Saturday, June 20- Spare Parts (PG-13)

Saturday, July 11- Paddington (PG)

Saturday, August 22 - Captain America The Winter Solider (PG-13)

Pre-movie events will begin at 7 p.m. and films will begin at dusk. 

Both the pre-movie events and the film showings are free and open for anyone to attend.

For more information on 'A Night Under the Stars' or if you would like to sponsor a free movie night contact Barbara Owens at (501) 238-2413 or Brad Bates (501) 722-0938.

Legends in Argenta Festival Features Great Art, Delicious Food, & The Best Live Music

Legends in Argenta Festival Features Great Art, Delicious Food, & The Best Live Music

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Legends in Argenta, presented by 107 Liquor, will be held at The Argenta Plaza, 520 Main St., in the Argenta Arts District.

This free, family-friendly event takes place Saturday, May 30 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

There will be live entertainment by Runaway Planet, The Beckham Brothers Band, FreeVerse, ReCreation Studios & Cirque Arts and Paul Prater. The Waffle Wagon and Agrilla the Bun food trucks will be on hand for all your hunger needs. Diamond Bear Brewing Company and Moody Brews will be there to quench your thirst. There will also be local arts/crafts vendors for a unique shopping experience.

This is a fundraiser for the third annual Legends of Arkansas coming up on Saturday, September 19. Argenta events are possible because of sponsors 107 Liquor, Argenta Arts District, Argenta Downtown Council, Moody Brews, Diamond Bear and Rock Town Distillery.

Ark. Shakespeare Theater's 9th season to run in June at multiple venues

Ark. Shakespeare Theater's 9th season to run in June at multiple venues

CONWAY — Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s ninth season of Shakespearean plays and other works that entertain, engage and enrich the community will run June 4-28 at multiple venues: the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus, outside at The Village at Hendrix, in the Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock and in new venues across the state.

The season will include The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Fiddler on the Roof and a special one-hour family adaptation of As You Like It

The season will see the return of many favorite performers from seasons past as part of the acting company, including Dan Matisa, an eight-year veteran of AST; Paige Reynolds, Courtney Bennett, Chad Bradford, Garrett Whitehead and Jordy Neill, among others.

Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

Marines to conduct Memorial weekend, 60-mile hike

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The United States Reserve Marines has a special mission for this 2015 Memorial Day weekend. 

This unit, which is based at Camp Pike in North Little Rock will be hiking from Hot Springs to Little Rock on May 24 and 25.  This 60-mile hike will begin at 5 a.m. Sunday and is expected to end by 5 p.m. Monday. The starting point will be at the Veterans Memorial Park in Hot Springs and will end at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. 

This event is an India Company tradition dating back to the late 1940s. It is used to raise awareness while commemorating India Company's history and testing the physical and mental endurance of Marines. 

Acoustic music series presents guitar great Vicki Genfan

Acoustic music series presents guitar great Vicki Genfan

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - As part of the Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series on every third Thursday, singer and composer Vicki Genfan will add The Joint to her list of played venues.

Genfan has performed at the International Montreal Jazz Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival and more.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here. (Courtesy Little Rock Soiree)