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Maritime work challenged by runoff in river


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - All the wet weather and flooding that comes with it is presenting challenges for the people who work with the Arkansas River.

Navigation has been restricted and runoff has maritime traffic on the lookout for new obstacles.

Commercial barge traffic has been held off for weeks here along the Arkansas River, and another flood threat looms. Barge traffic has resumed for now, but not without its challenges.

"There's a lot of obstacles out there."

As the water continues to recede, you'll notice shoals of sediment dropped by flood waters throughout the Arkansas River. Though barge traffic has just reopened, recreational boating is still prohibited.

"You'll see some sandbars build where they used to not be. You'll see some disappear."

Little Rock young chef wins trip to the White House


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - An 11-year-old's skills in the kitchen have landed her an invitation to the White House.

Aspen Smith is the Arkansas winner of a nationwide recipe challenge put on by Michelle Obama. The 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge promotes cooking and healthy eating.

She may be young, but at age 11, Aspen Smith has some pretty big dreams.

"I want to be a baker when I grow up and have my own bakery," said Aspen.

"The Food Network is on 24 hours a day in our house. We might as well drop cable!," said Aspen's father, Lee Smith.

It's a passion her family says she was born with, but really ignited when she took cooking classes at Episcopal Collegiate School and attended chef's camp at Pulaski Tech last summer.

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.

Little Rock Parks and Recreation receives $30,000 grant


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 9, 2015) – Little Rock Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received a $30,000 grant to support its out-of-school time healthy food access and nutritional literacy programs. The gift is part of a $2.3 million grant NRPA received from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs in 75 park and recreation agencies.

Little Rock Parks and Recreation will use the grant to upgrade kitchen equipment and supplies at various community centers. Hundreds of children spend their summers in the centers during the Summer Playground Program. Little Rock Parks and Recreation will also receive additional support for meals provided through USDA after school and summer feeding programs, as well as nutritional literacy materials to help ensure life-long healthy habits for Little Rock's youth.

Runner works for record at 'Race to Remember'


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The third annual "Race to Remember" took place on Saturday evening.

It is a 5k race put on by Mamie's Poppy Plates, with the proceeds going toward mementos for families who suffer stillbirth or infant death.

On Saturday night, one woman hoped to raise more awareness for the cause by unofficially breaking a Guinness world record.

She decided to run the race on crutches.

"God has given me incredible grace just to deal with this and to accept that I can be an example for people to shine brighter than their situation and just to accept life for what it is," said Leah Thorvilson.

Thorvilson is suffering injuries after years of running. Doctors tell her she must undergo multiple surgeries to be back in proper running shape.

As for breaking the record, before Saturday's race it was set at 59 minutes and 30 seconds.