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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.

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy

Verizon to pay $7.4 million for violating customer privacy


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Federal Communications Commission has reached a $7.4 million settlement with Verizon.

The FCC says the wireless company used personal consumer information for marketing purposes.

As part of the settlement, Verizon has agreed to take significant steps to improve how it protects the privacy rights of customers.


Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RedCross) — Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.