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11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

McRae man arrested for allegedly damaging over 30 mailboxes

McRae man arrested for allegedly damaging over 30 mailboxes

BEEBE, Ark. (September 10, 2014) – On Tuesday, the White County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of Blue Hole Road in Beebe, regarding over 30 mailboxes being damaged or destroyed.

After the incident, the Sheriff's deputies were able to locate and arrest one of the suspects, Justin Ackerman, 21, of McRae.

Ackerman is ordered to appear in the White County District Court on November 6. He is charged with a DWI, Refusal to Submit, Leaving the scene of an accident, and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree. His bond is $9,825.

Police believe that Ackerman did not act alone in the crime, and they are asking for any tips to be reported to the White County Sheriff's Office at 501-279-6279.

My Town Hero: Woman dedicates life to homeless adults, children

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman in Little Rock has dedicated her life to helping working homeless adults and their children stay together and live successful lives. Her passion to help others is what makes her so deserving of being featured as a My Town Hero.

For Georgia Mjartan, there's nothing more rewarding than helping children and their parents succeed.

"I grew up not a mile from Our House. I was very aware of the disparities and social injustices even as a little girl," said Georgia Mjartan. She explained that that's what motivated her to do something meaningful in her own community. After taking over as Executive Director of the homeless shelter, Our House in 2005, Georgia became inspired to create a youth center. "I looked around and saw all of these homeless children who had nowhere to be during the summer hold up in a dark dormitory in the shelter."

Salvation Army recruiting volunteers for Angel Tree Christmas assistance

Salvation Army recruiting volunteers for Angel Tree Christmas assistance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 9, 2014) - The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is now recruiting volunteers to help process applications for Angel Tree Christmas assistance. The central Arkansas application process will be held at the following locations:

Pulaski County, Lonoke County, White County

Dates: October 7-9, 14-16

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 1505 West 18th Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114


Saline County

Dates: September 29 – October 3

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: 129 North Main Street,Benton, AR 72015

Volunteers can register for these two locations at http://SalvationArmyCentralArkansas.org/angels

Win a granite kitchen makeover, help Lonoke Co. CASA

Win a granite kitchen makeover, help Lonoke Co. CASA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- CASA helps represent children in the foster care system and this month, CASA of Lonoke County is hosting a special fundraiser to raise money and awareness.

You can purchase a ticket for $20 to win a granite kitchen makeover from Linco Countertops of Cabot. The makeover includes granite countertops, sink, and installation.

The winner will be drawn during the CASA Home & Outdoors Fundraising Dinner and Auction at the Cabot national Guard Armory on Thursday Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Grand prize winner doesn't have to be in attendance to win.

To purchase tickets for the makeover or the fundraising dinner, stop by CASA of Lonoke County at 119 W. Front Street or call (501) 676-6533.

Hendrix tops list of 'Up and Coming' liberal arts colleges

Hendrix tops list of 'Up and Coming' liberal arts colleges

CONWAY, Ark. (September 9, 2014) – Hendrix College was named the nation's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college by

U.S. News and World Report

, whose annual college guide was published today.

According to U.S. News, the list includes the institutions most often cited by college presidents, academic leaders and admissions deans as having made promising and innovative changes in academic life, faculty, student life, campus and facilities. Hendrix has appeared on this list for seven consecutive years.

Hendrix is the only top 100 private national liberal arts college in Arkansas in the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

Internationally renowned sculptor to lecture at UCA

Internationally renowned sculptor to lecture at UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (September 8, 2014) — The University of Central Arkansas will host internationally renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty for a lecture Thursday, Sept. 18 at 1:40 p.m. in McCastlain Hall 143.

Dougherty, who is in the process of installing one of his large-scale architectural sculptures formed from natural materials on UCA's campus, is appearing as an Artist in Residence.

Dougherty designs his sculptures by weaving natural materials such as twigs, sticks and saplings. He relies on the help of community volunteers to assist him with the gathering of these natural materials found among the environment as well as with the construction of the sculpture.

Volunteers can sign up here, and no sculpture experience is required.