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National Guard holds live-fire exercises

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Soldiers from around the nation took part in mortar live fire training with the Arkansas National Guard Friday.

The exercises at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock were a part of training that takes places year-round.

Sergeant First Class Justin Fisher says they not only get realistic training, but have a little fun.

Fisher says indirect fire allows them to have an advantage over an enemy. He says in a real-world scenario, they would be supporting ground units as they move in.

NLR man allegedly robs LR store at gunpoint

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A North Little Rock man faces charges of aggravated robbery after reportedly holding up a Little Rock gas station at gunpoint.

According to the incident report, 48-year-old Derrick Lamount Dunbar went into the Shell Station on Dixon Road and showed the clerk a black handgun, demanding money.

She gave him the money, but hit the panic alarm as he was leaving, says the report. She was able to give a full description of the suspect's clothing and vehicle as he made his getaway.

Dunbar was pulled over on I-30 and 65th Street, where he was arrested and taken into custody. He remains in Pulaski County Detention at this hour.

'JFK 50 Years Later' Press Conference

'JFK 50 Years Later' Press Conference

A news conference will be held to announce further details, including event schedule, about “JFK 50 Years Later,” an archival photography exhibition to be held March 25-30 in North Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District. The exhibition, which includes photos that have never or rarely been seen, focuses on various aspects of the life and times of the 35th U.S. President.

When:            Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m.

Where:           Historic Argenta Post Office (now Argenta Branch Library), 420 Main St., North Little Rock

Krewe of Barkus Parade Kicks Off Argenta Mardi Gras

Krewe of Barkus Parade Kicks Off Argenta Mardi Gras

Join us for the Fourth Annual Krewe of Barkus Parade Sunday, Feb. 10, 2:00 p.m., starts and ends at the CityGrove Art Park on 5th Street between Main and Maple. Bring your beads, your friends, your masks, and your dogs to join in the parade fun! Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Then, LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER et BON APPETITE! For those who do not speak Cajun...Let the Good Times Roll and Enjoy!!!

Argenta's Annual Mardi Gras Party is Monday, Feb. 11, at Starving Artist Cafe. Tickets are $35 per person - includes incredible gumbo, jambalaya, soaked salad, and red beans and rice by Chef Jason Morell, plus all the beads and feather masks you envie!

Fais do do to the jazz stylings of The Bob Boyd Sounds!!!

LOL at "The Last Night at Orabella's" Showing This Weekend at The Joint

LOL at "The Last Night at Orabella's" Showing This Weekend at The Joint

The Main Thing’s three performers, Vicki Farrell, Brett Ihler, and writer/director Steve Farrell, portray the many residents of the tiny town of Dumpster, Arkansas, as they all show up for a final night at their favorite local honky-tonk, which is closing down after thirty years. The cast also doubles as the house band – Country Wayne Conaway and his Swingin’ Sidekicks — adding original funny music throughout the show. So bring your families! Bring your friends! The Main Thing’s comedies are suitable for people of all ages.

The Last Night at Orabella’s will open on January 25, and play through April 27, 2013, with performances every FRIDAY and SATURDAY at 8:00 p.m. Snacks, desserts, wines, craft beers, specialty coffees, and soft drinks are available throughout the show. Admission is $20, reservations are recommended, and tickets can be purchased in advance at The Joint’s cabaret theatre (301 Main, NLR) or by calling the theatre box office at 501-372-0205.

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

Now - March 16: "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights" at Laman Library, Main Branch. Through a compelling mix of photographs, television clips, and other historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images disseminated in popular magazines like LIFE, JET, and EBONY, and real-time events brought into homes via television coverage helped transform public opinion about racism and racial justice in America.

The Argenta Film Series Presents Academy Award Winner UNDEFEATED

The Argenta Film Series Presents Academy Award Winner UNDEFEATED

The Argenta Film Series Presents Academy Award Winner UNDEFEATED, Febuary 21st, 7p.m., Argenta Community Theater with special guest Bill Courtney, coach of the Manassas Tigers football team.

Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary UNDEFEATED, winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Founded in 1899, Manassas High School in North Memphis has never seen its football team, the Tigers, win a playoff game. In recent decades, the last-place Tigers had gone so far as to sell its regular season games to rival schools looking to chalk up an easy win.