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Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

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Cabot HS alum named Arkadelphia athletic director

Cabot HS alum named Arkadelphia athletic director

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - Arkadelphia Public Schools named Chris Babb as Athletic Director on Tuesday night.

Babb currently serves as the external director of alumni at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

A graduate of Cabot High School, Babb earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ouachita Baptist University in 1999 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration from Henderson State University.

“Chris Babb has the vision and energy to take Arkadelphia Athletics to the next level,” said Arkadelphia Superintendent Donnie Whitten. “He brings administrative experience in athletics, fundraising and public relations, and a positive attitude that will resonate within the Badger community. We are excited about Chris joining our team!”

Babb spent the last ten years in athletics and development at Ouachita Baptist University.

Big Maumelle River Canoe and Kayak Float

Big Maumelle River Canoe and Kayak Float

MAUMELLE, Ark. -- Some may be looking for some fun adventures now that the fourth of July festivities are over.  With all the natural resources available in central Arkansas there is no need to worry.

If you enjoy canoe riding and kayaking, the Big Maumelle River is ready to show you a good time this weekend.  Saturday, July 9 is their "Evening Canoe Float," which comes complete with your very own park interpreter to guide you through the waters.  Guests are required to meet at the Big Maumelle boat launch and experience the serenity of twilight as it slowly changes into a peaceful moonlit night.

The launch commences at 7:00 p.m.

Get down at CabotFest

Get down at CabotFest

CABOT, Ark. -- The annual CabotFest will be taking place once again in downtown Cabot on October 8.

The event will feature entertainment, food, games, a car show, bingo, vendor booths, a carnival, a beauty pageant and more.  It is sponsored by the Cabot Chamber of commerce and will take place on Second Street downtown. All the festivities begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 501-843-2136 or visit www.cabotcc.org.

Arkansas free fishing weekend

Arkansas free fishing weekend

June 10-12 is the official "Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend" according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision Fishing Guidebook 2011.  Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.  Several new changes have occured on fishing limits, so visit http://www.agfc.com/resources/GuidebookDocs/fish2011p07-11.pdf for more information on current regulations.  

Kids’ Fishing Day at the Commission’s five fish hatcheries is Saturday, June  11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free Fishing Days event begins next weekend

Free Fishing Days event begins next weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Free Fishing Days of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission begins next weekend. Free Fishing Days will start at noon Friday, June 10, through midnight Sunday, June 12. No sport fisherman, resident or non-resident, will be required to have a fishing license or a trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas during these times.

An annual tradition, Free Fishing Days furnishes many citizens and visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the popular outdoor activity. Free Fishing Days are part of the National Fishing Week celebration. Mark Oliver, chief of fisheries for the AGFC, said the annual event is a lot of fun for employees as well as the public. "We want to encourage Arkansas people as well as visitors who come to our state, who may not be fishermen, to give it a try. We especially encourage parents to go fishing with their kids.

Youth shooting state championship is June 3-4

Youth shooting state championship is June 3-4

LONOKE, Ark. – If you’re looking for fierce competition this weekend, look no further than the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program state championship. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program winds down with the state championship June 3-4 at the Remington firing range in Lonoke. What started in 2006 with just over 900 kids has blossomed into a statewide phenomenon with over 4,000 youngsters competing across the state. On Friday, the top 64 junior squads will compete followed by the top 64 senior teams on Saturday - a total of 320 shooters each day will be competing.