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First Patio on Park Hill event kicks off Thursday

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Park Hill neighborhood is hosting a patio party with local food trucks, vendors, and breweries.

It's the first of its kind in North Little Rock.

"Patio on Park Hill" is a food truck festival to gather neighbors, but also to bring in business to the area.

"We want them to be able to enjoy this area and come over and see what we're all about," said Lindy Blackstone-Lanford, an event organizer, "[to] put ourselves out there and say hey we're here and also have a lot of fun doing it."

Event organizers met Wednesday to finalize the details.

"What I love about this, they're all local. A lot of them are actually businesses run out of their homes in park hill," said Blackstone-Lanford.

Burns Park plans for accessibility renovation

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A unanimous vote on Monday brought North Little Rock Parks and Recreation one step closer to new funding. They need $325,000 to make Burns Park more accessible for handicapped children in Central Arkansas.

"It offers them a little bit more freedom, they're able to do things that other people would not normally be able to do," said Jeff Caplinger, project manager for North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department. "To be able to go to places that they might have extreme difficulty getting to otherwise."

In a 7-0 vote, the North Little Rock City Council approved Parks and Recreation's request to match funding if the state approves the department's grant application. If the grant is approved, the city of North Little Rock will pay $162,000 new renovations.

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

Los Lonely Boys, Keb' Mo' to headline Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The Hot Springs Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by Budweiser, will be headlined by the Los Lonely Boys Saturday, Sept. 19 and Keb’ Mo’ Sunday, Sept. 20. The event, hosted jointly by Oaklawn and the Spa City Blues Society, will take place in Oaklawn’s infield, and will also feature some of the region’s best barbeque.

“We are very excited to bring the Los Lonely Boys and Keb’ Mo’ to Hot Springs,” said Rob Pratt, President of the Spa City Blues Society. “Partnering with Oaklawn has really allowed us to take this event to a whole new level.”

NLR police investigating counterfeit money incident

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Police are searching for three males involved in an incident where counterfeit money was used at a North Little Rock restaurant.

According to reports, a black male dressed in a black t-shirt utilized counterfeit U.S. currency to pay for services at a restaurant in North Little Rock. The suspect was allegedly accompanied by two additional men.

If anyone has any information regarding this crime, you are asked to contact the North Little Rock Police Department at (501) 758-1234.

Parents concerned over new NLRHS crosswalk

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A new school year brings lots of excitement, but it can also carry with it new concerns.

North Little Rock parents are worried about a new crosswalk between the student parking lot and the high school on Main Street. It's still two weeks from completion, but kids need to cross four lanes of traffic to get to the student lot.

"It's a lot of kids [that cross here]. I didn't know it was this much," said mother Frankie Perkins. "I park right in front of the school purposefully so that I can try and catch [my son] before the traffic really hits."

Luckily, the children have a friend on their side, guiding their walk to freedom.

"I like the kids," Joe Gill said. "Mostly, I've been working here for about 24 years."

A veteran of the craft, Gill was recently assigned to work the crosswalk that has drawn concern from parents.

Jacksonville police to host Citizens Police Academy

Jacksonville police to host Citizens Police Academy

 JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Jacksonville Police Department will be conducting a Citizens Police Academy at the end of September. 

The eight-week information course beginning on September 29 will be designed to inform citizens on different aspects of law enforcement including community policing, criminal investigations, patrol duties, use of force, firearms, K-9 duties, SRT demonstration, narcotics and less lethal weapons. 

The Citizens Police Academy will be held on Tuesday evenings starting at 6 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m. The course will be fee to the public, however attendance will be limited. The CPA is limited to those who live or work inside the city limits of Jacksonville, are over the age of 18, pass a background investigation, have no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions for at least one year.

Food truck event starts up in Park Hill neighborhood


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The first ever ‘Patio in Park Hill’ event is scheduled for August 27.

The event is located at the Lake Hill Shopping Center in Park Hill on JFK Boulevard and runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will feature food trucks, a craft beer tent, and area vendors.