The fifth annual Shine a Light on Literacy event will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Governor’s Mansion. Literacy Action of Central Arkansas will host the event and First Lady Ginger Beebe is scheduled to speak.
The event will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and a silent auction featuring works from local artists and authors. Hannah K. Vogler, event coordinator for Literacy Action, says some unique trips and experiences will also be auctioned. She says improving adult literacy is very important for society.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating five years of operation throughout the month of September.
The Center opened its doors September 19, 2008. It is the youngest museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The public was invited to enjoy cake, refreshments, and door prizes during lunch today to celebrate. Mayor Mark Stodola also made an appearance and proclaimed today as Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Day.
The Arkansas Razorbacks will play the Samford Bulldogs this Saturday at 6 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. Thousands of Razorback fans will gather on the War Memorial Stadium to cheer them on and celebrate before the game. Marketing Director Danny-Joe Crawford says over 50 thousand people usually show up to tailgate. He says some people come a few days before game day and camp out in the park.
“We have RV’s that’s been there since Monday. They’re called ‘The Roadhogs’ and they travel to all the Arkansas games,” Crawford said.
The Historic Blass Department Store on Fourth and Main in Little Rock has been redeveloped and was formally dedicated Thursday. Governor Mike Beebe and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola were speakers at the opening ceremony. The 22 million dollar Mann on Main project is part of the ongoing effort to revive the once-thriving area.
A consultant has been hired by Central Arkansas Water to assess possible vulnerabilities in the Maumelle Watershed caused by ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline.
Tectonic Engineering and Surveying Consultants was awarded a 160 thousand dollar contract to evaluate the consequences of the physical damage to the pipeline, which crosses through the watershed. The third party consultants are necessary to ensure the safety and integrity of the water supply. Central Arkansas Water Protection Manager John Tynan says the assessment will provide information still needed regarding the pipeline.
The Delta Region has been awarded $6.2 million to fund projects to promote healthy living in the workplace.
The Delta Regional Authority and Health Resources Services Administration awarded the funds through their Delta States Rural Development Grant Program to multiple counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Authority Co-Chairman Christopher Masingill says a healthy workforce is vital to the strength of the Delta Region.