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Hero Central: Come to the Hearts & Hooves Hoedown

In 2003, Buddy Jewell, from Lepanto, Arkansas, won the first ever USA Network "Nashville Star" competition. He would parlay that into a successful recording career.

But, Saturday night will be his biggest performance to date. Well, it will be for hundreds of kids and adults in Central Arkansas. He'll be performing at the Hoedown, the big fundraiser for hearts and Hooves.

Hearts and Hooves offers recreational horseback riding for kids and adults with disabilities. It's also used for therapy in many cases, and now, a new element has been added. Kids who are at risk are learning "cowboy ethics."

NLRPD host child safety seat check at McCain Mall

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 6, The North Little Rock Police Department will host a Child Safety Seat Check at McCain Mall.  Bring your child and car to the southeast corner of McCain Mall (by Dillard’s) between 9 AM and noon. 

Certified Safety Seat Technicians will be on hand to not only make sure you have your seat installed properly, but also to make sure the car seat is safe (not recalled) and to make sure the seat is the right size for your child.

According to the Safe Kids website, child safety seats reduce fatal injury in passenger cars by 71 percent for infants less than 1 year old and by 54 percent for toddlers 1 to 4 years of age.  For children 4 to 7 years of age, booster seats have shown to reduce injury risk by 59 percent compared to safety belts alone. 

This event is sponsored by the North Little Rock Police Department in conjunction with the Arkansas Highway Safety Office and Dimensions’ Passenger Safety Program

North Little Rock coyote situation improving

The city's Levy neighborhood saw a spike in sightings two months ago when coyotes attacked two dogs, killing one. But now a trapper's hard work is paying off.

Officials at North Little Rock Animal Control say the coyote situation is settling down. They say this week, especially, there's been fewer complaints. Much of it stems from a trapper whose been busy over the past couple months.

These are pictures of coyotes trapped in North Little Rock in cages heading to a safer place for release.

"Other side of Lake Ouachita, the National Forest in the mountains where they're away from people," trapper Mike Fisher said.

Fisher is the trapper catching the coyotes. He says they're coming from these woods here near Camp Robinson and heading this way where they've created a path ending near some neighbors back yards.

"We've caught nine coyotes, three have been adult coyotes," Fisher said.

Healthy Difference at 5: Health Dept. hosts mass flu shot clinics

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, the Health Department is providing seasonal flu shots at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard Street, from 9:00a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

On Thursday, November 4 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. the Health Department will be providing shots at the North Little Rock High School East Campus behind the Target Store in The Other Center Mall.

These clinics are part of local health units statewide that are participating in mass flu vaccination clinics that are continuing through the first week in November. This year, the seasonal flu vaccine includes protection from the H1N1 virus, so there won't be a separate shot.

A Mass Flu Clinic is a day-long event during which the community comes together to immunize as many people as possible. Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) staff, health professionals and volunteers work as a team to provide vaccine.

Griffin beats Elliott for Ark. 2nd District seat

Griffin, a former interim U.S. attorney at Little Rock, served formerly in the Bush White House. Elliott is a state senator from Little Rock.

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17 grants awarded to NLR teachers

The grants were awarded Friday morning. A total of $14,000 will be awarded for 17 grants.

The list of grantees is as follows:

North Heights Elementary
Kasey Cathey - School-Home Literacy Connection Project $1,000
Kasey Cathey - Black Stallion Literacy Project - $807

Amboy Elementary
Jennifer Kimbrell & Joy Ploszay - Amboy Rockets reaching for the STARS $1,000

Boone Park Elementary
Lora Stogsdill - Reading Up! $500

Park Hill Elementary
Cindy Lann & Suzanne Gilliam - "We Learn Differently, Teach Us Differently" $959.68

Pike View Elementary
Becky Shimek - Walking Trail $1,000

Indian Hills Elementary
Mandy Ware & Linda Bennett - "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" $1,000

Lynch Drive Elementary
Anita J. Smith - Variety is the Spice of Life $440

Seventh Street Elementary
Michelle Dorsey - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words $440

Friday, kick off to weekend packed with Halloween activities

Here is a list of haunted houses in the area.

If you know of other haunted houses or fun activities going on this weekend, leave your comment with the necessary information so folks can attend.

17th Annual Haunted Cathedral - Little Rock
Open until October 31
Located: EMOBA's Cultural Center - 1208 Louisiana Street
Saturday $15 admission, Sunday $20 admission - there are group rates.
You will walk through kid friendly haunted mazes. Outside there are food vendors.
(501) 372-0018

Hola! Arkansas "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) at Magic Springs
Saturday: 4-8     Sunday 4-6
Located: 1701 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs
(501) 624-0100