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Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

Porter Fund benefits Thea Scholarships, to be acknowledged during Portis Lifetime Achievement Gala

In the midst of its thirteenth annual scholarship season, the Thea Foundation is pleased and grateful to announce that the Porter Fund, an organization supporting the literary arts in Arkansas, has established a $4,000 scholarship to support the first place winner of the Foundation’s annual Creative Writing Scholarship Competition for up to four years, a total of $16,000.  The generous gift will be acknowledged during a gala to honor Arkansas native and novelist Charles Portis, recipient of the Porter Fund’s Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014.  Thea Foundation Executive Director Paul Leopoulos and 2014 Creative Writing Scholarship 1st place recipient Annika Miller of Conway High School will be invited to remark on the charitable donation.   

Blood donation events in Pulaski County for Feb.

Blood donation events in Pulaski County for Feb.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

PCSSD administrators to host Sweet Home community meeting

PCSSD administrators to host Sweet Home community meeting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Special School District is holding a community meeting next week to talk with Sweet Home residents and business owners regarding disposition of a building that was formerly a PCSSD Junior High School.

Derek Scott, executive director of operations, said, “It is important to have input from those who live nearby before decisions about the future of the building and land are determined.”

The building is located at 3924 Neely Road, which is in close proximity to Mills High School and the PCSSD Central Office. It was most recently used as the offices for the district’s Student Nutrition Department, which has moved to another location.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m., at PCSSD Central Office, 925 E. Dixon Road, Little Rock, Ark., in the board room.

Area Photo: Maumelle, Arkansas

Area Photo: Maumelle, Arkansas

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – This area photo, sent in by Mike Holyman, is of a sunrise taken in Maumelle.

Maumelle is a town of about 17,000 people seated in Pulaski County. It is part of the Little Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and provides easy access to several parks, schools, and cultural venues.

Nestled between North Little Rock and the Arkansas River, Maumelle provides a small-town feel in a bustling area.

If you would like to share an area photo, send it to mytown@thv11.com.

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.

Grace Temple hosting Joy Fest on Feb. 1

Grace Temple hosting Joy Fest on Feb. 1

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Grace Temple in Little Rock is hosting a night of music, and you’re invited!