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Gym renovations complete

Gym renovations complete

SHERWOOD, Ark. – Major renovations to the Sylvan Hills High School gymnasium are complete, and students are using the updated facility, according to Kevin Downing, the district’s athletic director.

Downing credited the Sherwood community with making the facelift possible.

“School supporters really came together to make this happen, including painting the gym,” he said. Another major piece to the project was completely replacing the bleachers. “The district also replaced ventilation fans that will help in the summer when it’s warm,” Downing said. The renovations cost about $150,000.

“All teams – and students who participate in physical education classes – are benefitting from the improvements,” he added.

“And, the Sylvan Hills Bears boys’ basketball team is currently number one in the state’s 5A division,” Downing said. “The renovated gym was much needed, and we’re excited they have this space to practice and play.

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Literary Festival seeks "Tales from the South"

Literary Festival seeks "Tales from the South"

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - "Tales from the South" radio show, in conjunction with William F. Laman Public Library and the 2011 Arkansas Literary Festival, is looking for great true stories to be told by the people who lived them. Top three stories will receive $100 each, and writers will read their winning story on the internationally-syndicated radio show on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Starving Artist Cafe' in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, AR. Judging is by a panel of writers, professors, and editors.

Rockefeller Foundation funds diversity initiative

Rockefeller Foundation funds diversity initiative

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) Board of Directors recently voted to award a $150,000 grant to the Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in support of their W.K. Kellogg America Healing Initiative grant.

The two-year grant will fund the Center’s plan to strengthen philanthropy’s approach to racial equity.

Ark. National Guard members return from Afghanistan

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Sixty soldiers and airmen with the Arkansas National Guard are back home from a mission to help improve the agricultural economy in Afghanistan.

Members of the Agriculture Development Team returned to Camp Robinson in North Little Rock on Friday, just two days shy of the anniversary marking their departure.

Col. Stephen Redman, who commanded the team, told KATV the counterinsurgency effort turns upon the Afghan government being seen as legitimate and supportive of the Afghan people. Redman says the best way to increase the standing of the government in the eyes of the people is to help the government increase their ability to provide agriculture services to the population.

The team brought education, training and farm development programs to more than 350 farmers and herdsmen in Kabul province.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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NLR police: Man threatens to kill officer, steals patrol car

North Little Rock Police Dept. Press Release:

Saturday around 10:30 p.m., a North Little Rock police officer pulled behind the police department on West Pershing Rd. The officer, who was there to drop off property noticed a white male, who has been identified as 44-year-old Allen Polk, breaking into the NLRPD transport van.

The Officer encountered the suspect and attempted to place him under arrest. Polk began to fight with the officer and despite Polk being sprayed with OC Spray, he continued to fight.

Polk was able to break free during the fight and he entered the Officer's patrol car. Polk was again sprayed with OC Spray and the Officer attempted to reach into the car and turn the car off, however, he was unable to. Polk threatened to kill the Officer and then drove off.

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Strike a chord this Valentine's Day

Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- Nothing says "I Love You!" like a "Singing" Valentine, and your sweetie will remember this as one for years to come!

Imagine a men's or ladies' quartet serenading your sweetheart (or your mom!) and then presenting her or him with a red rose, a personalized card and a keepsake photograph.

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