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Veterans at Fort Roots to receive 125 care packages from UAMS employees

UAMS employees will deliver care packages to veterans being cared for in the Veterans Administration hospital at Fort Roots as part of an ongoing celebration of military veterans Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m.

UAMS collected the items in honor of the 280 fellow employees who have served or currently serve in the military.

About 125 packages were assembled, each containing toiletries, a pair of underwear, t-shirt, candy, and an entertaiment item such as a book.

Each patient will recieve a "Thank You" card signed by UAMS employees, thanking them for their service and a poster colored by a 3- or 4-year-old enrolled in Woodruff Early Childhood Center.

The packages will be delivered at Building 170 room GH124 at 220 Fort Roots Drive at the Eugene Towbin Veterans Affairs Hospital at Fort Roots in North Little Rock.

4 injured in Pulaski County school bus accident

Two students and the bus driver were taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Another student's parents took their child to a hospital for an evaluation.

Two of the students were from Fuller Middle School and a third attends Mills High School.

The bus had 27 students aboard. The uninjured students were taken to their schools, where their parents were contacted.

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

Union Rescue Mission starts Thanksgiving program

 

Families will be referred to the Union Rescue Mission by area agencies, such as St. Francis House, Agape Church, Martindale Baptist Church and The Summit Church- North Little Rock. The last day for families to sign up for food boxes will be Friday, November 12, 2010. There is enough food in each box to feed a family of four, and families with more than four members will receive more than one box.

The Feeding the Multitude Food Drive is conducted annually by the Union Rescue Mission. Local churches, schools, and civic organizations collect canned food items, boxed stuffing, cake mixes, and frosting. More than 50 volunteers will come to the Mission on Confederate Blvd. Saturday, November 21 to help pack the food boxes.

(Source: Union Rescue Mission)

 

Winners of the 2010 Duck Pluck for Special Olympics!

The Arvest Bank/Peabody Hotel Duck Pluck for Special Olympics Arkansas is in the books with Tracey Zeiner winning the Grand Prize - $2,500.00 in gift cards to Walt Disney World!  Tammy Foreman won a $1,000 cash from Arvest Bank and Andrea McNeely won the 42" Plasma HDTV provided by Cardinal Health.Below is a list of the prizes drawn Friday night at the Peabody Hotel. A special thanks to Arvest Bank, The Peabody Hotel, Golden Corral and all sponsors who contributed tomake this a great event for the whole family! 

In all about $15,00 dollars was raised for Special Olympics Arkansas!

DUCK PLUCK WINNERS

The 4th Annual Miracle League 'Double Header'

 

"First in the Series" - Training Camp

Pro skills and drills camp for players 8-18 years old who play in typical baseball leagues. Camp will be held at Dickey Stephens Park, 12pm-3pm, check-in begins at 11am. UALR baseball staff will be assisting at the camp along with the following pros Cliff Lee (Texas Rangers, 2008 AL CY Young winner), A.J. Burnett and Dustin Moseley (New York Yankees), Travis Wood (Cincinnati Reds), Lucas Harrell (Chicago White Sox) and others!

$100 per camper - $125 after November 15th
Limited space available

Free car seat safety checks available to Arkansans

However, Arkansas authorities say not enough parents have the seats or install them properly.

North Little Rock police are once again raising awareness about the safety restrains.

In the last 35 years, the restraints have saved the lives of almost 9,000 children according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The police department is looking to continue that trend with their annual car seat safety checks.

"Around the state, every year, there are over 20 fatalities and numerous injuries because a child is not in a child safety seat at all," said Captain Mike Davis.

In the last several years the department, along with others around the state, has received grants to correct the problem.

"It enables us to get car seats and all the supplies that go with them and we use those around community different times a year to provide car seats to those that don't have a car seat or to inspect car seats," said Captain Davis.

Rare look inside old North Little Rock orphanage

Visitors were invited to open house at the old St. Joseph Orphanage on Camp Robinson Road.

It opened back in 1910 when the Benedictine sisters from Fort Smith came to care for the orphans. The facility closed in the late 70's and now a non-profit group is working to restore it. They're eliciting input from the public on future uses.

Board Chairman Sandy DeCoursey explains, "We don't probably envision an orphanage again but our hope is it will serve those in need and give them a loving place of retreat, along with charitable outreach."

Part of the open house included folks filling out forms with possible ideas for the building. The non profit group taking it over signed a 50 year lease with the Diocese of Little Rock.