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THEY'RE BACK: TLC canceled Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's show, 19 Kids and Counting, back in July, but the family and cable channel haven't completely parted ways yet. TLC is set to air a new child sexual abuse documentary, Breaking the Silence, at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, and, yes, it will feature the Duggars. Their show was canceled after reports that the couple's eldest son, Josh, fondled four of his sisters and a baby sitter more than a decade ago, when he was a teen.

ANCHOR AWAY: Ashley Blackstone, morning anchor and longtime reporter at KTHV-TV, Channel 11, will soon be signing off. The Charleston, S.C., native is returning to her hometown for an anchor/reporter position with a station there. After working for the ABC affiliate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Blackstone joined KTHV in 2006 and was promoted to morning show anchor in 2011. She says adieu to Arkansas viewers on Sept. 25.

NEW TWANG IN TOWN: A contemporary country music radio station hit the airwaves in central Arkansas on Thursday. Signal Media of Arkansas launched KHLR-FM, 106.7, "The Ride," last week. The station formerly was dubbed "Heartbeat" with an R&B and oldies format. The station celebrates its new format with a "30 Day Free Ride" with no commercial breaks.

SIXTY YEARS OF ROCKIN': Former Sun Records rockabilly group Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers keep on rolling. At 7 p.m. Saturday, they'll perform at Ward Country Dance, where the 100th person arriving will win some of the group's CDs and the 150th person will score a complete set of all the group's CDs. The group just finished performing at the International Rockabilly Festival in Memphis and heads to Brazil in October. The group expects to head to London next July to play for five nights during the opening of the play That's All Right Mama, which chronicles the history of Sun Records in Memphis.

BOOKING IT: Arkadelphia author Ace Collins recently won a Christy award, a national award that promotes excellence in Christian fiction, in the suspense category for his book The Color of Justice. Collins' courtroom thriller is set both in 1964 and 2014 and follows two racially charged murder trials, 50 years apart in a small town in Mississippi. The book is published by Abingdon Press.

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME: The world premiere screening of The First Boys of Spring, which chronicles Hot Springs' significant role in baseball history, is set for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's closing day on Oct. 10. Those attending the premiere will include the film's director, Larry Foley, and National Baseball Hall of Famer and El Dorado native Lou Brock. Actor Billy Bob Thornton narrates the film. Tickets are $25 and will include ballpark-themed concessions such as peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, beer and soda. Visit the film festival's website at hsdfi.org to buy tickets.

Contact Linda S. Haymes at (501) 399-3636 or lhaymes@arkansasonline.com

Metro on 08/16/2015

Print Headline: Duggars to appear on TLC again

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