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Official: Case of whooping cough reported at NLR middle school

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A case of whooping cough has been reported in a central Arkansas middle school.

According to superintendent Kelly Rodgers with the North Little Rock School District, a case of Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was reported at Lakewood Middle School.

Rodgers' executive assistant Rhonda Colquitt said the district is following instructions given by the Arkansas Department of Health to notify students who are considered close contacts and requiring them to be treated.

The district encourages anyone with questions concerning Pertussis to contact their physician or the North Little Rock Health Unit at (501) 791-8552.


Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:



Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street



Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs



Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff



Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

Laman Library cutting 11 positions, some programs

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The William F. Laman Library has announced that it will be cutting eleven positions in addition to operating hours, programs, and the national traveling exhibits.

Mary Furlough, interim director, said that the library realizes that the changes, due to budget cuts, will affect the community, but the library is working hard to minimize any negative impacts.

Though some programs will be cut, Furlough confirmed that core services; public computers; free WIFI, downloadable books, movies, and music; passport acceptance services; notaries; and the Homebound Delivery Service will still be available to the public.

Furlough added that some of the cuts stem from going over budget with construction and renovation at the Argenta Branch.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse to open in McCain Mall

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 17, 2014) - McCain Mall will soon welcome another popular restaurant to its lineup. BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse will open its doors in the summer of 2015. Construction is underway on a new building located on the southeast parking lot near McCain Blvd. and Warden Rd.

BJ's is known for its signature deep-dish pizza, award winning handcrafted brews in a variety of ales and lagers, and famous Pizookie®, a warm, fresh-from-the-oven deep-dish cookie offered in a variety of flavors and topped with ice cream.

With more than 120 menu items and 50 craft beers, the extensive menu offers something for everyone, including salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, and baby back ribs. The restaurant also caters to the allergen sensitive customer and features an additional gluten-free menu as well as "BJ's EnLIGHTened Entrees" for the calorie conscious.

Police: Man stole half a mile in working phone lines for copper

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A North Little Rock man is in jail after police said he was caught stealing AT&T phone lines for copper.

According to Lt. Carl Minden, Forrest Wayne Collier, 48, of North Little Rock, is accused of stealing copper from AT&T telephone wires in the Blue Hill area. He was booked into the Pulaski County Jail for five counts of theft of property, one count of theft by receiving, and one count of failure to appear.

Figures from police records suggested that Collier made over $22,500 in damage to AT&T property and took around 2,506 feet—that's almost half a mile—in phone lines.

According to the arresting officer, Collier admitted that he scrapped the phone line for cash.

Santa arriving at McCain Mall on Friday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 12, 2014) – McCain Mall will soon welcome Santa when he arrives at the mall on a North Little Rock Fire Truck on Friday at 6 p.m.

The North Little Rock High School STARS and students from the NLR Mayor's Youth Council will be on hand to greet Santa. Afterward, Santa will settle into his winter wonderland in Center Court to enjoy milk and cookies and take photos with the children.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., children are invited to have Breakfast with Santa. The NLRHS STARS and NLR Mayor's Youth Council will once again join in the fun, which will include crafts and games in addition to a free breakfast. Families are asked to contact the mall at 501-758-6317 to RSVP by Friday, November 14.

16-year-old involved in train collision, no life-threatening injuries

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Wednesday, a train and truck collided in the Oak Grove community near North Little Rock.

According to responders, the accident happened on Hugman Road just off of Highway 365 North Wednesday morning.

A 16-year-old was apparently involved in the accident but has no life-threatening injuries.