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Voters choose North Little Rock Community Farm as winner of Regions Bank’s ‘What a Difference a Day

Voters choose North Little Rock Community Farm as winner of Regions Bank’s ‘What a Difference a Day

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Regions) – The results are in, and voters have chosen the nonprofit North Little Rock Community Farm of North Little Rock, Ark., as the winner of the Regions Bank “What a Difference a Day Makes” contest.

For receiving more votes than any other nonprofit featured in the contest, the North Little Rock Community Farm will receive 100 volunteer hours from Regions associates and $5,000 from the company. The second and third-place finishers in the contest – the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership of Indianapolis, Ind., and Branches, Inc. of Miami, Fla., respectively – will receive 50 volunteer service hours from Regions associates and $1,000 from the company. In addition, all other nonprofits featured in the vote will each receive 50 volunteer service hours from Regions associates and $500 from the company.

Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf putting on Rummage Sale

Arkansas Registry of  Interpreters for the Deaf putting on Rummage Sale

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ARID) - ARID (Arkansas Registry of  Interpreters for the Deaf) is putting on a Spring Cleaning Rummage Sale which benefits ARID's 2015 Biennial Conference. These conferences allow Interpreters to continue their education, so they may provide the most excellent service to our Deaf Community.

The Rummage Sale event is Sat., June 7 starting at 7 a.m. and going until the last patron. It will be located at Arkansas School for the Deaf Tornado Shelter at 2400 W. Markham in Little Rock, AR.

Have you voted? NLR community farm up for big prize

Have you voted? NLR community farm up for big prize

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A farm created and run by North Little Rock students could win $5,000 to make their community garden even better after being named a finalist in the Regions Financial "What a Difference a Day Makes" contest.

Chris Shelton of Regions Bank and students Anna Wyatt and Mason Graves shared details on "THV 11 News at Noon".

Watch full interview: http://on.kthv.com/TQVsh7

All of the nonprofits will get 50 volunteer service hours and $500 just for being nominated, but the nonprofit with the most votes will receive 100 volunteer hours and $5,000. You can vote once a day from now until June 13.

Pulaski Tech board votes to continue gun ban

Pulaski Tech board votes to continue gun ban

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday, June 2, to continue a policy that bans college employees from carrying guns on campus.

The policy relates to Act 226, enacted by the State Legislature in March 2013. The act amended several sections of the Arkansas Code dealing with possession of handguns on public property, including college campuses. It established four criteria for concealed carry to be implemented on a college campus: 1) The individual must have a concealed handgun license and 2) be an employee of the college; 3) The institution must have no policy expressly disallowing staff possession of a concealed gun; and 4) The college must post written notice if it has a prohibitory policy.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

Student facing felony charges for threat

Student facing felony charges for threat

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - A high school locked down after police say a student threatened violence towards other students and staff. Sylvan Hills High School was on lockdown for about an hour and a half on Wednesday. A male student was arrested and is facing charges.

Most students at Sylvan Hills High School went on with their day like nothing happened.

"People were just making fun of the situation," said Stephan Radke.

Watch full story: http://on.kthv.com/TWXiwK

The situation 16-year-old Stephan Radke is talking about is a threat he says was posted on Twitter, and he says he found out about it on Twitter.

"I did not actually see the threats I just heard everyone talking about it," said Radke.

LRSD to change substitute teacher program

LRSD to change substitute teacher program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the end of the school year in sight, the Little Rock School District is announcing changes coming next year for its substitute teacher program.

To save money, the district says it will use a private company, Will-Sub, to handle the way substitutes are hired, assigned and paid.

Pamela Smith with LRSD said that current employees should not notice much change in how they do their jobs, but the subs will see an increase in their daily pay due to the move.

This change takes effect July 1, 2014.