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Arkadelphia Promise’s First Class Has 70 Percent Retention Rate

November 16th, 2012

The Arkadelphia Promise announced on Friday a college retention rate of 70 percent for its first class of Arkadelphia High School graduates, which exceeds both the state and national rates.

The nonprofit organization said that 63 of 90 students from the original Promise class of 2011 returned to college for their sophomore year, a retention rate of 70 percent. The retention rate for all Arkansas college freshmen is 61.4 percent, according to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The national rate is 67.4 percent.

“It is great to see that our students are staying in college at a rate more than eight percent higher than the state average,” said Arkadelphia Promise director Jason Jones in a news release. “We know that those who make it back to college for their sophomore year are much more likely to finish, so this is a big step to a degree for these students.”

The Arkadelphia Promise, modeled after Murphy Oil’s El Dorado Promise, is funded by the Ross Foundation and Southern Bancorp. It provides college scholarships and other resources for all graduating seniors at Arkadelphia High.

KaBOOM! volunteers needed

November 13th, 2012

Anyone eager to lend a hand and help build the KaBOOM! playground at Martin Luther King Park should sign up now.

Lois Erwin, who is the senior community development officer of the Delta Bridge Project and who, with Mac Crank of Clarksdale Revitalization, Incorporated (CRI), has helped raise money and gin up local interest in the playground, said she hopes to sign up about 250 volunteers in the next two weeks. Erwin said she’s looking for volunteer workers as well as volunteer team captains who will need to be available for some additional training in the day prior to the construction.Those volunteers will work Dec. 8—rain or shine—to build a new playground at the park. That playground has been in the works for at least two years, although the project began fundraising in earnest this past year.

Originally, proposed to go in near the Delta Blues Museum, developers moved the location to the park at Martin Luther King Drive and Sunflower February so it would be near a proposed stage in that park.

Reddies rout Tigers, 42-7, in Battle

November 12th, 2012

A Henderson State single-game record of 12,035 fans saw the high-octane offense that has been the 2012 Henderson State football team veer from their norm as a prolific passing attack to an offense that found a wealth of success on the ground to the tune of 305 yards on Saturday afternoon as they cruised to a 42-7 rout over cross-street rival Ouachita Baptist in the 2012 Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine.
The win for the Reddies (10-0, 8-0 GAC) not only gives them the coveted claim as the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine champions, but it also gives them the outright Great American Conference Championship, an unbeaten and untied regular season for the first time in school history, and it puts the Reddies in a position to host a NCAA Division II playoff game; also a first time in school history.
Touchdowns on their first three drives of the game gave the Reddies an early 21-0 lead that they would only build on as the game wore on.

Henderson State move to #6 in coaches poll

November 12th, 2012

With Henderson State’s 42-7 victory over Ouachita Baptist in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine this past Saturday, the Reddies moved up to No. 6 in the American Football Coaches Association poll released Monday afternoon.

The Reddies completed the regular-season with a perfect 10-0 record and claimed the outright Great American Conference championship with the win over the Tigers.

The Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine at Henderson State University

November 10th, 2012

The thrill of college football returns to South Arkansas with the oldest Division II football rivalry in the nation, the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine. The contest is between Henderson State University (HSU) and Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) in Arkadelphia, AR. In addition to the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine football game, tailgating activities, which are referred to as the Battle of the Ravine Rally, will take place on the Henderson intramural fields prior to kickoff.

Pregame events are free and open to the public on the campuses of Henderson State University and directly across the street at Ouachita Baptist University. Events include the Junior Auxiliary 5K Run, Andy Allison Super Kids Run, carnival rides, bounce houses, photo booth, rockwall, face painting and

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