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Central Arkansas teens spend spring break volunteering

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas students are enjoying Spring Break, but while some may be headed out of town for a getaway, others are staying closer to home in order to volunteer.

Dozens of youth got their hands dirty Tuesday in order to serve others. The alternative Spring Break is a growing trend among young people and is a movement that Conway youth pastor, Patrick Sisk said encourages youth to do something useful with their free time.

"The thing is these kids are really great kids, and they realize this is bigger than themselves. They realize that it's more about others and not so much about them," he explained.

Sisk helped organize a day of service for several youth groups in Central Arkansas with the mission to serve others.

Public meeting planned for Broadway Bridge design

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department plans a public meeting for the end of the month to unveil design plans for the Broadway Bridge connecting Little Rock and North Little Rock.

The meeting is planned for 4 p.m. March 28 at the Arkansas Transit Association in North Little Rock. The meeting runs until 7 p.m. and members of the public are encourage to drop in any time.

The highway department wants to replace the Broadway Bridge and is now considering design options. The current bridge opened in 1923 and carries an estimated daily traffic of 24,000 vehicles.

Construction on the new bridge is expected to begin this year. The current bridge connects downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock and is heavily used during rush hour.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

NLR getting closer to building new high school

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The North Little Rock School Board is taking steps towards building a new high school.

At a school board meeting Monday evening, members voted to approve the first phase of design development for a new North Little Rock High School. Gerald Cound, the district's director of facility management, said it's been about 40 years since the district has built a new school.

"We have not had a lot of construction in this district for a long time. What a wonderful opportunity for the district to approach education from this perspective," said Cound.

The location for the new high school will be where the current one sits.

Cound said there are still 3 other design developments needed to be approved before they can apply for state funding.

SEC gymnastics championship field set

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (SEC) - The seedings for the 2013 SEC Gymnastics Championship were announced today. The event will be held Saturday, March 23 at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.

The eight SEC schools that sponsor gymnastics (Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri) will participate in the championship meet. The meet's format will consist of two sessions of four schools each (Seeds 5-8 and Seeds 1-4) with seeding based on regional qualifying score. Session I (Seeds 5-8) will kick off action at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday while Session II (Seeds 1-4) will begin competition at 6 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the championship are available at www.SECDigitalNetwork.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

NLR Community Farm to break ground

NLR Community Farm to break ground

You are cordially invited to attend the ground breaking for the North Little Rock Community Farm and Research Hub. A group of 12 North Little Rock High School EAST Initiative students and The People Tree will host their ground breaking for the North Little Rock Community Farm and Research Hub on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in the Freshman Campus Mini-Auditorium beginning at 12:00 Noon. EAST Initiative and The People Tree will present businesses and community members with an overview of the future plans for the North Little Rock Community Farm and Research Hub, as well as break ground on the first garden. The event is open to the public, media, and local businesses and is designed to inform the community about what is happening and being planned for the North Little Rock Community Farm and Research Hub. 

EAST Students Making a Real Difference in North Little Rock 


Federal Tuition Assistance suspension affects Arkansas Soldiers

Federal Tuition Assistance suspension affects Arkansas Soldiers

CAMP ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. - The recent suspension of Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) across the Services directly impacts approximately 1,000 Arkansas National Guardsmen who take advantage of the benefit annually.

 

The Secretary of the Army approved suspension of the benefit across all components of the Army effective Friday, March 8, 2013.  All branches of the military suffered a similar fate as the Department of Defense focuses on surviving the current fiscal challenges, while maintaining a priority of readiness. 

 

Soldiers already approved for tuition assistance prior to the program's suspension are allowed to complete those current course enrollments, but no new requests for FTA are permitted at this time.  But while the issue has sparked hot debate across the nation, there is somewhat of a silver lining in the Guard's Tuition Incentive Program (GTIP) among other remaining benefits.

 

Joel Osteen talks to THV 11 on career, beliefs

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- He is the pastor of the largest church in the United States, and every Sunday his sermon reaches 10 million viewers in nearly 100 different countries.

Joel Osteen spoke with THV 11 News at 6 Live. To hear what he had to say, watch the video attached to this story.

Friday night at Verizon Arena, Osteen will share his message, A Night of Hope.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. March a5. Tickets are $17.50 with a 9 ticket limit. For more information, visit www.verizonarena.com.