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Be a Santa to a senior in North Little Rock

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Volunteers are still needed for gift wrapping and delivery!  If you could announce that would be greatly appreciated!

Event:         Be a Santa to a Senior holiday gift wrapping event

 

Date:           Thursday, December 16

 

Time:                   4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 

Location:    Home Instead Senior Care

                     3809 McCain Park Dr., Ste.

Federal stimulus gives Arkansas teachers bonuses

Every year, e-Stem Charter School gives its teachers bonuses and federal stimulus money will allow that trend to continue. English teacher Jenny Choate says teachers deserve a pat on the back.

"It's icing on the cake. It's a nice bonus, but I love to teach anyways," says Choate.

The federal jobs bill gives Arkansas schools $193 per student, but at e-Stem, CEO John Bacon says a private foundation has been funding the average $7500 bonuses, which are based on performance.

"As that phased out, we would take on a portion through our budget, so that after 3 or 4 years, we would be fully funding it through our school budget," says Bacon.

Executive Director Rob McGill of Academics Plus Charter School also hopes to use the extra cash for bonuses.

"We want to be competitive with other districts that are in Pulaski County," says Rob McGill.

Update: Ronald and Santa visit kids at Ronald McDonald House

 

The Ronald McDonald House has 26-beds and they are always at capacity. Some patients call it a best kept secret, but organizers want that to change so they can continue to change lives.

Santa stopped by the Ronald McDonald house during an open house to give some holiday cheer to some boys and girls who have bigger concerns than presents this year.

Fifteen-year-old Larkin Tuggle of Portland, Arkansas has been a constant patient at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) for four years. He says, "It was about this time last year that I was diagnosed with the pseudo tumor."

The Tuggles live 3-hours away and have spent many nights sleeping in their car to make sure Larkin made it in for treatment.

"We didn't have money most of the time to stay in a hotel," Larkin says.

But all of that changed after they heard about the Ronald McDonald House across the street from ACH.

North Little Rock man charged with murder

Detectives arrested Deverick Deshonee Scott, 27, of North Little Rock in connection with the shooting death of Isaac Williams.

Scott is charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by certain persons. Scott is currently being held under no bond and the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.

On November 28, just before 10:00 p.m., North Little Rock Police Officers responded to 701 West 18th Street after a 911 caller reported a shooting near the basketball courts. Officers arrived and located a black male lying beside a car. The victim, who has been identified as Isaac Williams, 26, of North Little Rock, was pronounced dead at the scene.

More than a quarter of Arkansas children live in poverty

The U.S. child poverty rate in 2009 was 19.7 percent. The federal definition of poverty in 2009 was a family of four earning less than $22,050 a year.

The Arkansas child poverty rate jumped to 26.9 percent in 2009, up 2.3 percentage points from 24.6 percent in 2008, according to figures released by the Census Bureau.

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NLR mayor to throw switch at toy train exhibit at Laman Library

 

The free, hands-on train exhibit from the Lionel Collectors Club of America will open December 15 in the library's exhibit all at 2801 Orange St. Mayor Hays will also greet junior engineers and show kids how to operate the trains.

The 12 by 14-foot exhibit consists of three main train lines with nearly 100 feet of track, model buildings from the "North Pole" and "Snow Village" collections, modern and vintage trains and many of other accessories. Children are allowed to operate the trains and accessories, providing for a more exciting experience.

To add to the holiday cheer, Laman Library is giving away a state-of-the-art Polar Express train set. The Lionel Collectors Club of America also donated a Lionel Scout Train Starter Set to be given away.

NLR police officers help needy kids have a Merry Christmas

Officers paired up with kids for the department's 5th annual "Shop with a Cop" program.

They cruised the aisles for gifts at the McCain Boulevard Wal-Mart. In total, the event helped 100 children from 40 area families.