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New Movie ‘American Cherry’ Being Filmed In Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) —  A new feature film is being shot in Fayetteville.

Rockhill Studios, a Fayetteville-based production company, confirmed to 5NEWS it is providing production services for the NYLA Media Group on its film “American Cherry.”

“We are thrilled to be providing production services for the NYLA Media Group on their film ‘American Cherry,’” said Rockhill Studios President & C.E.O Blake Elder. “This is a great relationship we formed at the Bentonville Film Festival this year. We are proud to be fully equipped as a turn-key movie production company here in NWA, and we are eager to form relationships with out-of-state production companies like NYLA Media Group where we have the opportunity to attract them to producing here in Arkansas.”

According to a Variety article posted last week, Sarah May Sommers (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Hart Denton (Riverdale) and Leonor Varela (Cleopatra, Blade II) will star in the film.

“American Cherry” is described as a psychological thriller-romance. It’s directed by Marcella Cytrynowicz, in her feature film debut.

A synopsis posted in Variety’s article reads:

Set in small town, low-income suburbia, “American Cherry” follows a teenage girl who must navigate her freedom and personal identity within a fractured, dysfunctional family. Varela plays her mother, suffering with mental illness and substance abuse, and Denton plays the boy next door who becomes the object of her fascination.

The Fayetteville Flyer reports that film crews are seeking background actors age 15-21 for a school dance scene set to be filmed on July 26.  More information can be requested by sending an email to actorscastingagency@gmail.com.

‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ Author Delia Owens To Speak At Fayetteville Public Library

Parking map for speaking event at Fayetteville Public Library

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) —  New York Time’s best selling author Delia Owens will be talking about her one of her internationally acclaimed novels at the Fayetteville Public Library.

Owens will be talking and answering questions about her novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing” on Saturday, July 20 at 3 p.m.

‘Where The Crawdads Sing’ Author Delia Owens To Speak At Fayetteville Public Library

Delia Owens. Photo Courtesy: Fayetteville Public Library.

The program will feature an interview with Owens, and books will be available for purchase and signing following the discussion.

“Where the Crawdads Sing,” Owens’ first novel, is a mystery, a love story and a courtroom drama, but it is primarily a sociobiological drama about self-reliance, survival and how isolation affects human behavior.

The event is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be available for live viewing (no replay) on the library’s Livestream at https://livestream.com/faylib.

Owens’ visit is part of “If All Arkansas Read the Same Book,” an annual, statewide reading program designed to encourage the enjoyment of reading and to promote book discussion in libraries across Arkansas. The program is presented by the Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library and is funded in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Library officials say they anticipate a large number of people at the event and encourage attendees to arrive early. Seating is first come first serve and opens at 2:30 p.m.

If the library’s parking deck is full, attendees can park at the Center Street Church of Christ parking lot on the corner of Center Street and School Ave. or at the City of Fayetteville parking lot on West Mountain St. near Loafin’ Joe’s.


MENA, Ark. (KFSM) —  One lucky dad turned his Father’s Day gift into a $200,000 lottery prize.

Father’s Day Gift Turns Into 0,000 Lottery Prize For Arkansas Man

Lori Goodner of Mena

Lori Goodner of Mena gave her husband, Dwight, $20 for Father’s Day and suggested he buy some lottery tickets. So he went to the Tobacco Superstore located at 518 Highway 71-South in Mena and bought several tickets, including a $10, $200,000 Bonus scratch-off.

The couple won the last of three top prizes on the bonus game and now have a check for $200,000.

Lori and Dwight say they will use the money to pay bills and buy a new car.

Since retailers receive a 1% commission on winning lottery products they sell, the Tobacco Superstore will receive a $2,000 check for selling the $200,000 ticket.


3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Hits West Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) —  Residents in West Tennessee and eastern Arkansas were jolted from their sleep this morning after a 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit Wednesday morning (April 24).

Several viewers from from Tipton, Lauderdale and Dyers counties called in to tell WREG that they felt the earthquake around 6 a.m. Each of them had a similar story, saying they heard a noise that one person described as a “freight train” and then were jolted by the tremors.

During a phone interview, Kelly Sebastian told WREG that she and her husband were in their Newbern home when they heard a roar-like sound and then everything began shaking. She said she’s felt earthquakes before, but nothing of this magnitude.

WREG also spoke with Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box who said the same thing. He said he has experienced other earthquakes before, but nothing quite like this. It was “pretty strong” but said so far they haven’t had any reports of damage in the area.

According to the National Weather Service, the earthquake was strong enough that it was felt as far east as Jackson, Tennessee and in parts of Kentucky.

This is a developing story.


Rupple Road Alignment To Soon Be Open To Drivers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) —  If you drive around Mount Comfort Road in the mornings and afternoons you know how backed up traffic can get, but that will soon be coming to an end thanks to the Rupple Road extension being close to opening up for drivers.

Rupple Road from Mount Comfort Road to Starry Night is getting realigned to turn Rupple Road into an alternative north-south corridor.

Sara Chance lives and works off mount comfort road and can’t wait for it to be open.

“I think it will be very beneficial, once it opens in the near hopefully in the near future it will be open. It looks really attractive, but the current intersection is not very safe, so I think it will be a great addition to this area and the traffic flow,” Chance said.

Fayetteville City Engineer Chris Brown said the goal is to have traffic switched over to the new road by the first of June. He said many drivers use Mount Comfort to bypass other busier interchanges.

“They are coming up and turning right which is ok in the mornings, but the left turns in the afternoon really causes that traffic to stack up. So having traffic come to the signal light, have a turn lane will make everything flow much smoother,” Brown said.

Brown said this piece of Rupple costs $5.6 million with 80% of the cost being paid for with federal aid. He said the bridge alone was $2 million.

“All of those retaining walls were very expensive as well, so it`s a short section but a very important section to clean up a really substandard intersection that we had and it`s an important piece of that Rupple Road corridor,” Brown said.

After this portion of Rupple is complete then the city will start working on another section of the road to the north that will be made possible because of the bond issue that recently passed.

Once the north connection of Rupple Road is complete you will be able to drive from Martin Luther King road to Highway 112.