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Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission Celebrates Annual World Fest

Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission  Celebrates Annual World Fest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LR) - More than 2,500 Little Rock students are expected to participate in the 2014 World Fest.

The event happens Fri., Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at War Memorial Park.

Created in 1994 by the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, World Fest is a multicultural event that offers a variety of learning experiences. Students are provided with a safe, fun and stimulating environment infused with diversity education. This award-winning festival provides rich learning opportunities to students of all grade levels.

World Fest will feature an international flag procession, showcase of foreign language skills, Native-American dancers, and a Samba Rio carnival, among others. Schools also compete in a world cultural fair contest where students prepare graphic board presentations representing a variety of countries.

You can find a schedule of events below:

9:15 – 9:20 a.m. Welcome and School Roll Call

Come out to celebrate your family harvest on the Arkansas Delta

Come out to celebrate your family harvest on the Arkansas Delta

UNDATED (PAM) - Are you and your family anxious for some fall fun?  The Plantation Agriculture Museum invites you to bring out your family and celebrate with us the annual gathering of crops and home life from the Arkansas Delta at our Fall Harvest Home Festival!  Bringing in the harvest was a central part of home life that every family shared in early Arkansas.  The Plantation Agriculture Museum will be hosting the Fall Harvest Home Festival on Saturday, October 4th, from 10-3 pm. 

Arkansas Guard to conduct prescribed burn at Camp Robinson on Wednesday

Arkansas Guard to conduct prescribed burn at Camp Robinson on Wednesday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 23, 2014) - The Arkansas National Guard Environmental Office will conduct a prescribed burn over approximately 520 acres of land on Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center beginning on Wednesday.

The burn will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continue on Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.

The prescribed burn will be located in the Northwestern region of the post and involves a portion of two rugged and remote training areas.

Arkansas Business: Uncertain future for Argenta CDC

Arkansas Business: Uncertain future for Argenta CDC

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Argenta Community Development Corp., the nonprofit that help spur redevelopment in downtown North Little Rock, is facing new challenges and an uncertain future.

Among its financial difficulties, a foreclosure lawsuit filed against it after defaulting on a $560,000 loan.

Simmons First National Bank of Pine Bluff filed the foreclosure lawsuit against the CDC last month.

As of now, it looks like Simmons will end up taking over the property at 709 to 715 Main St. in North Little Rock, which the CDC used to secure the loan.

That's because the CDC says it simply doesn't have the money to pay the debt and hasn't been able to find a buyer.

Money has been at the center of the nonprofit's troubles in the last several years. Its previous director, Mary Beth Bowman, resigned in 2013.

'Creative Corridor' reaches halfway point

'Creative Corridor' reaches halfway point

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Part of Main Street is shutting down for three weeks, starting September 10th. It's all a part of the city's effort to revitalize the downtown area.

"We're halfway through with the project," said John Honeywell, Director of Little Rock Public Works. We've completed the 100 block "The 200 block is nearing its completion and we started on the 300 block."

The old Main Street has quickly been transforming into the new 'Creative Corridor,' and it's been several years in the making. But continued construction means the street has to shut down between Third and Fourth.

"I'm going to have to change my route a little bit to get there," said Caitlin Savage, who works nearby.

She believes shutting down the 300 block will likely back up traffic.

"I hope everyone leaves a little bit early when that's closed," Savage said.

MTCC to celebrate 'Six in September'

MTCC to celebrate 'Six in September'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (MTCC) – The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) is inviting you to celebrate their sixth year in Little Rock.

MTCC’s sixth anniversary celebration on Tues., Sept 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will highlight the accomplishments of MTCC over the past six years in addition to the legacy of Historic West Ninth Street, the previous African American business district in Little Rock.

The sixth anniversary celebration will feature live music by Off the Cuff as well as a panel on Historic West Ninth Street featuring Dr. Kirk, chair of the UALR History Department and John Cain, KABF 88.3 FM program manager and member of the Mosaic Templars Building Preservation Society.

Admission is free and lunch will be provided.

CATA looking to increase low ridership

CATA looking to increase low ridership

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - Fewer people are riding the bus in Central Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Transit Authority says they're down 5 percent in ridership from last year, saying the decrease came at the hands of this winter's weather.

"When it comes to level of investment in our system we're not at the top," said CATA executive director Jarod Varner.

In a day and age when there are more cars than people in the world the novel idea of public transportation can often be overlooked, and Varner wants to change that.

"I think there's room, much room for improvement when it comes to the service area as well as the frequency of service," he said.

Varner has had to implement cost saving measures that include lower fuel rates and fewer employee benefits to make up for the decrease in ridership.

"It comes at a time that we're being very introspective," he continued.