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Ark. fire departments respond to holiday fire

SCOTT, Ark. (KTHV) - The North Little Rock Fire Department responded to a field fire Thursday afternoon that left 10 acres in ashes.

At around 1:52 p.m., the NLR Fire Department received a call regarding a grass fire that was burning along Colonel Maynard Road and behind homes of the Ashley Downs gated community. The NLR FD called the Scott Fire Department for assistance and responded.

According to officials, residents were burning old magazines when a sudden gust of wind picked up, causing burning pages to fly into the field and quickly set it ablaze. Approximately 10 acres were burned before firefighters were finally able to contain the fire about an hour later.

No damages or injuries were reported.

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Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

Pulaski Technical College Foundation participating in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Pulaski Technical College Foundation will participate in #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 1, a day that focuses on holiday giving rather than holiday spending.

At PTC, more than 60 percent of students rely on financial aid through scholarships, grants and loans, while 90 percent work full- or part-time. With a somewhat small allocation from the state, tuition and fees must generate almost half of Pulaski Tech’s operating costs, whereas most colleges’ student fees account for a mere 20 percent of their budgets.

NLR firefighters band together to honor community


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For the last year and a half members of the department have been taking part in strenuous training. But it’s not to save lives, instead it's to honor them.

“We're busy training top to bottom. Constantly training,” said Lieutenant Josh Cox of the NLRFD.

Historic WWII tugboat docks in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A tugboat with a place in history now has a permanent place to stay in North Little Rock.

The ship known as the USS Hoga helped hustle naval ships out of Pearl Harbor during the attack in 1941.

Historians think it's one of the last remaining ships still on the water that took part in that battle.

Now, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum hopes she becomes a floating history lesson here alongside the submarine, the SS Razorback.

"We're one of two cities in the world. Honolulu, Hawaii and North Little Rock, Arkansas that has a vessel from the first day of the war with Japan and the attacks and the last day," said Bob Major, Executive Director of the North Little Rock Visitors and Convention Bureau.

The museum still needs the money to get the Hoga restored, especially below deck.

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NLR pulls plug on Burns Park light display

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It has always been a bright holiday tradition, but now North Little Rock is pulling the plug on its holiday lights at Burns Park.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around North Little Rock, but Mayor Joe Smith said no to the decorations at Burns Park.

"It was at a point and time, it was an average at best light show, and I didn't like average," said Mayor Smith.

Mayor Smith decided after a decade of putting up the lights, to do away with the Hometown Holiday Lights in Burns Park.

The 56 displays spanned for a mile long down Funland Drive.

Mayor Smith said with holiday lights going LED, their displays were outdated.

Silver Alert inactiviated for missing NLR couple

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Silver Alert for the missing North Little Rock couple has been inactivated by police.

A Silver Alert was issued for Eldon Dingler, 84, and Diane Dingler, 78, around 7 p.m. on Thursday. It was inactivated two hours later. 


Rock Region Metro partners with PTC to offer transit pass

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pulaski Technical College is partenering up with Rock Region METRO to offer PTC students, faculty and staff a fare-free universal transit pass for 2016.

On Tuesday, the Rock Region METRO Board of Directors approved the launch of this pilot program, which provides passholders with unlimited bus and streetcar rides for one year.

"We're excited to team with Pulaski Tech to offer this first-ever pass," said Jarod Varner, Rock Region METRO executive director. "The pass lets the Pulaski Tech community get the most value out of our transit system. If it proves successful in this pilot program year, we hope to partner with other area academic institutions and large employers to offer their students and employees an affordable, safe way to get to and from campus."