Archives for July 2014

Sunset Cinema 2014 Concludes Thursday

The Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce will present a screening of “Despicable Me 2” in the finale of its 2014 Sunset Cinema series on Thursday, July 31.

Due to inclement weather, the location for the screening will be the L.V. Williamson Boys and Girls Club at 600 East 16th Street in Russellville. The event was originally scheduled for Lake Dardanelle State Park.

Cost is $1 per person. Children under 12 are free. Hot dogs, sno cones and other family entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. The film will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Sunset Cinema is sponsored by Arvest Bank, First Baptist Church, Freddo’s, Friendship Community Care, Happy Jumpers Inflatables and More, Little Caesars, Polka Dots and Tots, River Valley United Way, Russellville Advertising and Promotions Commission, SMRHS-Millard Henry Clinic, Second Baptist Church, Sherwood Urgent Care, Suddenlink Communications, Taber Extrusions and Zero Mountain.

For more information about Sunset Cinema, contact the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce at (479) 968-2530.

Tech Favored to Win GAC Volleyball Title

Great American Conference head coaches have predicted that Arkansas Tech University will win the league volleyball title during the 2014 season.

The Golden Suns received five first-place votes and a total of 93 points in the balloting to edge out Harding University as the top pick in the preseason GAC volleyball poll, which was released by the league office in Russellville on Wednesday, July 30.

The Lady Bisons collected four first-place votes and 89 points in the 2014 preseason poll.

Arkansas Tech and Harding have been the two dominant programs in GAC volleyball since the conference was founded in 2011. The Golden Suns were GAC regular season champions in 2011 and GAC Tournament champions in 2011 and 2013. The Lady Bisons won the GAC regular season titles in 2012 and 2013, and they were GAC Tournament champions in 2012.

Southern Nazarene University (3rd, 86 points) is seen as the program outside the top two with the best chance to breakthrough in 2014. The Crimson Storm received one first-place vote, as did Ouachita Baptist University (4th, 66 points).

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (5th, 61 points), Southeastern Oklahoma State University (T-6th, 48 points), Southern Arkansas University (T-6th, 48 points), East Central University (8th, 45 points), Northwestern Oklahoma State University (9th, 36 points), the University of Arkansas at Monticello (10th, 23 points) and Henderson State University (11th, 10 points) round out the poll.

Kristy Bayer is entering her 11th season as the head volleyball coach at Arkansas Tech in 2014. With 253 career wins, she is the all-time leader among volleyball coaches in Arkansas Tech history.

Spirit Squads Receive Awards

Members of the Arkansas Tech Spirit Squads were honored for their efforts at the National Cheer Association/National Dance Association camp at Missouri State University last week.

Members of Tech Cheer received superior ribbons for their fight song, sideline and cheer. The group also received 3rd place overall game day, sideline and cheer.

The Arkansas Tech Golden Girls received superior ribbons on home routine and fight song. They also received superior trophies for overall and fight song, and they received 3rd place overall for their home routine.

Members of the Arkansas Tech Spirit Squads represent the university at athletic events and serve as ambassadors in the community.

Learn more about the spirit squads at Arkansas Tech.

Students Can Save During Tax-Free Weekend

Arkansas Tech University students may take advantage of the statewide sales tax-free weekend by shopping for books and other school supplies Aug. 2-3.

The Arkansas Tech Bookstore, located in the W.O. Young Building at 209 West O Street in Russellville, will be open on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sales throughout the store will include an additional six percent savings on textbooks for a total savings of 15 percent and an additional 20 percent off clothing for a total savings of 29 percent.

Students may shop online at from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, with all of the same discounts as in-store. Financial aid cannot be used during this event.

Textbook Brokers, located at 1400 North Arkansas Avenue in Russellville, will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3. Its specials include an additional nine percent savings on textbooks.

‘Stuff the Bus’ Collects More Than 3,000 Packages for Students

The 10th annual “Stuff the Bus” event was a great success, bringing in more than 3,000 packages of school supplies for Ozark Public Schools students.

On July 18 and 19, volunteers collected school supplies, such as pens, notebooks, backpacks, crayons, scissors and glue, at the Wal-Mart on Arkansas 23.

The items were placed into a school bus parked outside the store and later counted and divided up at Elgin B. Milton Elementary School, where they are distributed to children in need.

Laura Rudolph, Franklin County event coordinator and community outreach director for Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, said all schools have access to the supplies as needed.

United Way of Fort Smith sponsored the event, which also was held in Alma, Booneville, Fort Smith, Greenwood, Paris, Sallisaw and Van Buren.

Rudolph, who has chaired the event in Ozark every year, said the program is vital to students and families in Franklin County.

“Stuff the Bus is such a rewarding program,” she said. “Not only do the donated supplies assist the children with their studies, but it improves their self-esteem.”

Jim Ford, superintendent of the Ozark School District, said, “The Ozark Community continually impresses with their generosity to our great students. This is a wonderful program that fills a specific need and puts some essential supplies in very deserving student hands. The Ozark School District thanks everyone who made this happen.”

Rudolph said, “The event would not be possible without the help of the volunteers who worked the event, the Ozark Public Schools transportation employees, the Ozark Wal-Mart, Altus Rotary Club, Ozark Rotary Club, Ozark Fire Department, City of Ozark, Mercy Ozark, Arkansas Tech-Ozark and United Way of Fort Smith.”

Pictured (From left): Leslie Davis, Amy Murders, Tanya Martin, Laura Rudolph and Cathy Rosewell, all of Ozark, were part of the many volunteers July 18-19 for United Way’s 10th annual “Stuff the Bus” event at Wal-Mart of Ozark .The event brought in more than 3,000 packages of school supplies for Ozark Public Schools students.