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North Little Rock welcomes a dog to help control the Canada Geese population at Burns Park

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "Roll out the red carpet for our newest and youngest employee," North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith says.

It was a special day for Shep. "Here's your badge," Mayor Smith says as he holds Shep's new badge next to him. It is the first official day on the job for the two-year-old Blue Heeler mix.

Mayor Smith continues, "We want to try to strike a balance between enjoying wildlife and being overrun by an overpopulation of these geese." Mayor Smith has been trying to combat the geese invasion at Burns Park for months. Now Shep will be working alongside Ian Hope , a North Little Rock Park Ranger.

North Little Rock Schools address creationism complaint

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock Schools didn't waste any time Tuesday in addressing a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union over a creationism lesson taught in a Lakewood Middle School class. North Little Rock superintendent Kelly Rodgers said teachers will have to go through additional training next week on the district's policy of staying neutral when it comes to religion. "Everybody knows you can't bring up certain things in school," said one Lakewood Middle School parent who wanted to remain anonymous. "My daughter's coming home telling me that the science teachers are saying that 'science wants us to teach you this but I believe in creationism and I'm going to tell you about that'."

Students seek community's help for school farm

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The North Little Rock community farm is looking for members of the community to be a part of their team.

On Tuesday, parents, teachers, administrators, and more came out to become members of the farm's board of advisors.

Project chairman, Mason Graves, said the community farm shows the uniqueness and creativity of students at the NLR school district.

He and one other student created the community farm about a year ago, with only one community volunteer. Now they have 15 community volunteers and 20 sponsors, but Graves said they need more of the community to help out to continue completing projects.

To find out more about how you can help the North Little Rock community farm, click



40-year sentence for convenience store killing


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A guilty plea will send 19-year-old Samuel Douglas to prison for at least 28 years for a murder at a North Little Rock convenience store.

Douglas shot and killed 20-year-old Xavier Woods last April on Camp Robinson Road.

Prosecutors said Douglas fired 7 shots, and Woods tried to run into the convenience store but died in the lap of a woman trying to help him.

The 40-year sentence also covers a felony firearms charge.


NLR to introduce new dog to fight geese problem

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (City of North Little Rock) -- Wednesday, Mayor Joe Smith will introduce Shep, a two year old, Catahoula - Blue Heeler mix, that will help our parks department control the Canada Geese population. The acquisition of the dog is a continuing effort by our Parks Department to maintain a natural, healthy park for residents and visitors.

"I can't wait for our community to meet our newest employee," said Mayor Smith. "Shep is a great addition to our geese control program and he's eager to get to work."

North Little Rock High presents 'Shrek the Musical'

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- An exciting musical performance is coming to the North Little Rock High School campus.

A group of talented students are performing Shrek this week. Laura Leigh Turner, who plays Fiona and Harrison Russell, who plays Shrek, joined us on "THV 11 This Morning".

The show is March 1-2 with adult tickets at $8 and students/seniors $6.

Care home wants to place patients in residential area

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - A company said it has faced challenges since seeking approval to put a care home on a residential street in North Little Rock.

"Part of the House of Threes issues with North Little Rock has been that they were originally approved to start this home then the approval was withdrawn," said Dana McClain, an attorney for House of Three.

The company filed a complaint with the Fair Housing Commission on the ground of disability discrimination.

Three elderly people would live in the home. A nurse would be on site to care for the elderly people.

Neighbors in the area said they welcome the home, but are concerned about the area being rezoned commercial.

"The way the request came to us was for a rezone and a special use which I think the city council felt wasn't appropriate to drop a business into a R1 zone without further study," said Jason Carter, an attorney for the city of North Little Rock.