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North Little Rock Kroger to close its doors

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – One of the four Kroger stores in the North Little Rock area is set to close its doors at the end of this month.

According to Teresa Dickerson, Kroger Delta Division public affairs manager, the Kroger location at 900 W. Pershing in North Little Rock will close on January 30.

Dickerson released the following statement to THV11 on Monday:

"Each year, we evaluate our stores' performances to ensure the locations are best meeting the needs of the communities we serve. We believe by closing this store, we can better serve our customers at our nearby location at 4401 Camp Robinson only 1.4 miles away. All associates will be offered jobs at nearby locations."

New Year, New NLRSD: What students need to know

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - North Little Rock School District students returning to class on Tuesday can expect to see some big changes.

Over the break, the NLRSD did some work on the North Little Rock High School, Ridgeroad and Seventh Street elementary schools, and Pike View Early Childhood Center. District leaders, building contractors and movers have used the time while students were absent to move student and teacher furnishings and supplies into brand-new or renovated spaces, according to Superintendent Kelly Rodgers.

"We are working all weekend," Rodgers said about district staff members, as well as the contractors on the different projects.

Two of the newly constructed "academic towers" and the dining area at the high school will be open starting Tuesday. A third tower was opened at the beginning of this school year.

PCSO makes arrest in North Little Rock homicide

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman was placed into custody Saturday, after a man was found dead in his home on New Year's Day.

Alicia Rackley, 32, was arrested on Saturday for the murder of 63-year-old Albert Louis Berry Jr. Family found Berry dead in his home at the corner of Lucky Drive and Highway 161 just before 5 p.m. on Jan. 1.

These are all of the details that have been released at this time. Stay with THV11 for more updates.

Officials briefed on latest flood forecast

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Experts say it will take weeks for the floodwaters to recede after the recent storms that hit towards the end of December.

Wednesday morning emergency managers gathered to get the latest information from the National Weather Service.

It was all hands on deck at the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Headquarters Wednesday. State officials, the National Weather Service and the Corps of Engineers held a conference call with emergency coordinators from around the state.

ADEM Director David Maxwell reminded everyone to plan ahead.

"Just a reminder to think ahead. You know what the crests are going to be, so as you're watching that, please think about what it's going to cause and what you might need," explained Maxwell.

Secret Santa throws out money at McCain Mall

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Dozens of people got quite the surprise while taking care of some Christmas shopping in North Little Rock on Tuesday.

Several posts and tweets on social media Tuesday stated that someone was throwing piles of cash over the balcony in McCain Mall. One shopper went to Facebook saying that the bills came flying off several balconies.

On the 'I Love North Little Rock (Dogtown)' Facebook page, Lisa posted:

McCain Mall a man just threw money over every balcony to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Nice

City of NLR provides funding after Boys and Girls Club closes its doors

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Rose City Boys and Girls Club had to close its doors due to lack of funding, but the 75 kids and teens in the club are not without a place to go.

The city of North Little Rock swooped in with a plan. They found the funding themselves to make the facility their fifth community center in North Little Rock.

"I felt like the day was coming, just not this soon," said Tanya Sheppard, whose three kids all went to the Rose City Boys and Girls Club. Her youngest daughter Tamaya still goes there.

"I started my academics there, it just really bring me out of my box," said Tamaya Sheppard.

When they heard it shut down Monday, the Sheppard Family felt like they were losing a second home.

"I do know with funding, it only goes so far," said Tanya Sheppard.

Ted Cruz making stop in Arkansas

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is set to return to Arkansas on Tuesday.

Officials say he will be stopping in North Little Rock at the Apostolic Church on Landers Road at 7 p.m.

This is Cruz's second campaign stop in the Natural State since August.

He is currently leading in the early voting state of Iowa.