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Dignitaries salute Arkansas veterans

Dignitaries salute Arkansas veterans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) will host open house activities Feb. 17 and 18 as part of the 2011 National Salute to Veteran Patients. The annual observance offers an opportunity for people and communities to say thanks and let those who have given so much in service to our nation know that they are not forgotten. Local celebrities, political leaders, military members and Veterans Service Organizations have been invited to visit veteran patients this week and show support for their service and sacrifice.

This year’s festivities will take place during the following events Thursday and Friday.

Event: North Little Rock Meet and Greet - Little miss pageant winners and Miss Teen Arkansas will join visitors from throughout the state as they meet with hospitalized Veterans at the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center.

Family seeks justice for Justice; asks for support

Family seeks justice for Justice; asks for support

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - On Sunday, Feb. 13, several local performers will be raising money for Jeff Justice, a North Little Rock man who family and friends say is fortunate to be alive.

Jeff was in a near-fatal traffic accident in November after another driver collided with his vehicle head-on. After spending the next several weeks in a coma, Jeff has had several surgeries and is currently undergoing physical rehabiliation.

Shannon Lafferty, Willy Ray, Elison's Cage, and Whale Fire are just a few of the local acts scheduled to play. The fundraiser is at Vino's on 7th & Chester in Little Rock. The family thanks everyone who is able to attend.

For more information, contact Jim Dalton at (501) 515-2856.

Soldiers give blood for Valentine's Day

Soldiers give blood for Valentine's Day

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The American Red Cross and the National Guard Bureau's GED Plus program will host a Valentine's Day blood drive Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The blood drive will take place at the GED Plus complex on post.

The intent of the blood drive is to help replenish the area's critically low blood supplies which were further impacted by recent and ongoing severe winter weather.

GED Plus is a program offered by the National Guard Bureau which allows applicants without a high school diploma to enlist and earn their GED before basic training.  The program consists of academic training, military science and physical conditioning in a basic training environment, supervised by drill sergeants.  The class lengths are based on the student's Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and last either 15 or 22 days in residence. Approximately 3,000 new recruits from Army National Guard units in all 50 states and 4 U.S.

Cancer survivors share stories in "Tales from the South"

Cancer survivors share stories in "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 Plant it Pink Festival is looking for great true stories from breast cancer survivors. Three or four stories will be chosen, and writers will read their story on the internationally-syndicated radio show on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Argenta Community Theater in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, AR. Judging is by a panel of writers, professors, and editors. Submission guidelines and more information on the show can be found at www.talesfromthesouth.com

Writers must currently live in the South (currently limited to Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama) or be from the South originally. Stories must be true, told in the first person, and be between 500-1200 words. Lodging provided for writers outside of the Central Arkansas area.

Youth Council gets fiesta started

Youth Council gets fiesta started

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - We're having a fiesta tonight! Please come - it's at the First Methodist Church on JFK Boulevard at 5:30 - 8:30 pm.

There will be great food from area Mexican restaurants, a silent auction (buy your sweetie a valentine), a bake sale, vendors, music, folkloric dancers, door prizes, and FUN! Sales benefit the NLR Mayor's Youth Council and Butterfly Community Ministries.

 If you don't want to eat, come to shop at no charge.

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.

Youth Council member salute their mentors

Youth Council member salute their mentors

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.