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North Little Rock's Argenta Market closing its doors

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock's Argenta neighborhood has seen substantial growth in recent years but locals found out Wednesday that the area is losing one of the community's most loved businesses. A sign posted on the front door of Argenta Market said the popular grocery store and deli will close its doors on February 8th.

"It's going to be missed. It's not just the food and the groceries, you know, it's the comradery down here," said Wayne Hogan, who lives and works in North Little Rock.

"To see this place vacant is going to hurt," added Argenta Neighborhood Boosters President John Pflasterer. "I could say, pretty much across the gambit of the neighborhood, that everyone's going to be disappointed and sad that they're leaving."

2 women missing in North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police in North Little Rock are searching for two missing women.

Officer Shana Cobbs said police are looking for Shequenia Burnett, 36, and Terkessa Wallace, 34.

These women are two separate missing persons cases, and Cobbs said, "(police) have no reason to believe that they are together at this time."

Shequenia's mother reported her missing after family found the door to Shequenia's apartment open Jan 9. Police did not find any evidence of foul play or anything to suggest she was taken against her will.

Her family believes she may be with a man in College Station.

Terkessa Wallace's roommate reported her missing after Wallace dropped off her son with family but never returned to pick him up Jan. 10.

Wallace's family believes she may have left town for Texas, however Wallace hasn't been seen there.

Park Hill selling alcohol after 47 dry years

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After almost 50 years beer is back on the shelves in North Little Rock's Park Hill neighborhood. Now some locals are hoping the beer money trickles down into the rest of the local economy.

"I think it's a neat thing, I think it was time, and I think the voters do too," said North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce President Terry Hartwick who put a lot of effort into bringing alcohol sales back to Park Hill. Even still, Hartwick admits that change will take time.

"I do have a good feeling," added Hartwick. "But is it going to happen real fast and all these restaurants change? It's been dry, as I said, for 47 years, it won't change overnight but we're getting a lot, a lot of calls, a lot of interest up here now."

Tuesday the Kum and Go convenience store on JFK Boulevard got its first beer delivery and THV 11 were there as Michael Mullens of Sherwood made the stores' first alcohol purchase.

CADC accepting LIHEAP applications for Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CADC) - Central Arkansas Development Council is accepting applications for the regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance in Pulaski County.

Regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying. Shut off notices will not be accepted.

In Pulaski County, applications are accepted at the following locations and times:

• Arkansas Workforce Center of Jacksonville, #2 Crestview Plaza in Jacksonville. Applications will be accepted on a walk-in basis on Thursdays only, 9 am until Noon and is limited to the first 50 customers.

NLR biz owners explore connecting McCain Blvd. and I-440

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - If you build it, they will come. Business leaders in North Little Rock hope the phrase rings true as they explore the idea of connecting McCain Boulevard with I-440.

These business owners have partnered with the city to try to capitalize on a project already on the slate. An overpass will be built over rail-road tracks on East McCain and this group is looking into extending the road farther east to I-440.

The overpass is slated to be built later this year to the tune of $15-20 million; $5 million will be federal. Ray Roberts, owns an insurance company in the area and he and a group of North Little Rock business owners want to take the project a step farther.

"Expand on the overpass and open up some development and relieve some traffic problems," said Roberts.

Roberts says two of city's largest trucking companies have to use Highway 67-167 and this new option would be invaluable.

18th annual Bridal Show held at State House Convention Center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark, (KTHV) - Many women dream of the perfect wedding, and Sundaythe Arkansas Democrat Gazette showed them how to make it possible.

Sunday afternoon kicked off the 18th annual Bridal Show at the Statehouse Convention Center. The show featured around 200 vendor booths to help brides-to-be and their fiancés plan their weddings from start to finish.

The show's director, Tabitha Cunningham, said the goal of the event is to take the task of planning and make it fun.

"Weddings are stressful, and most of these brides and grooms just got engaged, so it is a very overwhelming process. We want to create a fun environment. I mean obviously we want to give the resources they need to help them plan their weeding, but do it in a way that it's not stressful," said Cunningham.

The Democrat Gazette estimates around 3,000 people showed up to take part in the expo, which is a new record attendance.

Little Rock family receives home from Habitat for Humanity

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Another family is getting a place to call home thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

Recipient of the single parent scholarship fund, Courtnei Williams, got to move into their brand new home Saturday along with her two children. The house was built by Apostle Build Churches as a part of Habitat for Humanity. Williams said she surprised she was chosen.

"I was extremely excited. I thought it would take a while, but it kinda happened really quickly, so I was ecstatic about that," she added.

Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County was founded in 1989 and has built more than 112 homes since then.