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Hero Central: Salvation Army in need of angels

There are thousands of excited kids counting down the days until Santa arrives, but hundreds of them are listed on Angels Trees and there is only one week left to buy them a gift. The Salvation Army is worried about what the count down will be like for those children, so we're calling all heroes in Hero Central.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at a highly secure warehouse where Salvation Army volunteers are stuffing boxes with toys and clothing, but if you look closely most boxes are empty.

Major April Taylor says "We don't open this up to just anyone. We want the community to know we are careful about their resources and that those who are receiving truly are in need."

Ex-NLR alderman pleads guilty to conspiracy

 

Cary Gaines entered the plea Monday in federal court in Little Rock. The 65-year-old was indicted last year and accused of participating in a scheme to direct North Little Rock city business toward a concrete vendor who would in turn provide kickbacks. The contract was delayed and never went through.

Prosecutors dismissed one count of making a false statement to federal investigators. Gaines faces up to 20 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced April 22.

Jury selection begins Tuesday for the two others indicted with Gaines, including current North Little Rock alderman Sam Baggett.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

State holiday performances scheduled for Dec. 6-Dec. 17

 

More than 145 school choirs and dance troupes will fill the Capitol's marble halls with seasonal sounds for the next two weeks.

A traditional part of the Capitol's annual holiday festivities, choral and dance performances are taking place in the second floor rotunda December 6 through 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The most current schedule of performances, as well as group photos, can be found on Secretary of State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/holidays2010

The Capitol building will hold special holiday hours through New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends to allow visitors extra time to take in the sights and sounds of the season.

Scheduled performances are as follows:

Kroger raises awareness to help fight hunger in Arkansas

From December 8th through December 18th customers and associates at 20 area Kroger family of store locations from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Cabot, Conway and Benton can help make a difference by taking advantage of simple donation opportunities while they shop. In addition to these efforts, Kroger will also make a $5,000 cash donation to the food bank.

Making a financial donation to a local food bank is as easy as scanning a pre-marked tag or asking the cashier to 'round up' a grocery order. Customers can take advantage of this option in all Kroger stores.

Pre-filled bags of nutritious food can be purchased for $10 and added to collection barrels at Kroger stores.

Kroger has partnered with local food banks, Feeding America and other organizations to fight hunger in our communities. Customers who shop at any of Kroger's family of stores can help, too, by taking advantage of simple donation opportunities while they shop.

NLR School District asking for input from parents

The district is partnering with Taggart Foster Currence Gray, a local architectural firm, and DLR Group, a national educational planning expert, to conduct a comprehensive study of the district.

They'll be specifically tackling issues like building needs and improvements, what you think about re-configuration of grade levels, and having after-school programs at all elementary schools.

Here is a list of some of the questions.

Should we renovate existing buildings, construct new buildings or leave our buildings as they are now?

Should we consolidate elementary schools to ensure enrollment of 500 or more?

Should every elementary school have an After School Program?

What do you think is most needed in our schools and facilities?

Should we make our middle school(s) grades 6-8?

Reserved seats sold out for Razorbacks' NLR game

Tickets went on sale Thursday and about 3,000 general admission seats remained on sale Friday. The Arkansas Travelers ticket office says more reserved seats may come open after the Jan. 15 deadline closes for Razorback season ticket holders to buy reserved seats for the game.

Last season, more than 10,000 fans watched Arkansas defeat Louisiana Tech 5-4 in 10 innings in North Little Rock.

General admission seats are $12 and are on sale through the Travelers ticket office.

Dickey-Stephens Park is the home of the Class AA Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Jacksonville Police investigate stolen debit card

 

The debit card's owner believes she left the card in the ATM machine and drove off without removing it after completing a withdrawal.

Her bank card was then used the same day at Wal-Mart, Citgo, Walgreens (NLR) and Big Lots (NLR). The pictures to the right are the best photographs of the two females that were making purchases with the bank card, and police could use your assistance in identifying the females.

If you know either party or come into contact with either, please forward their information to our attention. Contact Detective Mark Humphries, Criminal Investigations Division 501-982-0277 extension 2244.

(Source: Jacksonville Police Dept.)