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State Fair 75th anniversary brings new eats

State Fair 75th anniversary brings new eats

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - All the bells and whistles are getting pulled out for the 75th anniversary of the Arkansas State Fair.

Especially when it comes to food, the options are getting weirder and wackier.

New foods include spaghetti and meatballs on a stick, or try a fried avocado with a meatball center.

Looking forward to something with more sweet? Try fried peaches and creme or a fried s'more with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

The fair's general manager said this will be the biggest fair yet.

"We put a little extra pizazz into our state entertainment is bigger this year. The carnival is bigger this year, going on through the week, and then the final night, after our final stage show, we are doing an outstanding aerial fireworks show," said Ralph Shoptaw, general manager.

Central Arkansas Water announces paperless billing option

Central Arkansas Water announces paperless billing option

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 7, 2014) — Central Arkansas Water (CAW) announced on Tuesday that customers may now begin to receive their monthly Utility Billing Services (UBS) bills through email.

"Our customers have been requesting paperless billing for some time. We are pleased to offer this free and easy paperless billing option to our customers as part of our commitment to providing exceptional customer service," said John Tynan, Director of Customer Relations & Public Affairs. Customers can sign up for paperless billing at www.carkw.com.

Union Rescue Mission raises money to fight domestic violence

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, but the Union Rescue Mission is working to change that.

Saturday, the group held a fundraiser at Millennium Bowling Center in Maumelle. Michelle Dewitt said the money raised at the event will help the people they care for every day at Dorcas House.

"We currently have 57 women and children in our program, and we've had 360 come through the last year, so the money we raised is going to straight into that so we can keep serving them for free," she said.

Dorcas House is in its 51st year of serving central Arkansas women and children affected by domestic violence.

Hear Tales of Triumph, Tragedy Tuesday

Hear Tales of Triumph, Tragedy Tuesday

Catch the next Tales From the South (Dinner & Show) at the Argenta Branch library, Tues., Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m., featuring Dr. Daniel Black.

Originally from rural Arkansas, Dr. Black is professor of African American Studies at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. His newest release, The Coming, is a first-hand account of the trauma and triumph of Africans on a slave ship in the 16th century. Early reviewers are deeming this work “brilliant”, “poetic”, “a literary homage to the lives of those Africans tossed into the sea.” It will be released in the next several months. Dr. Black is currently in the final stages of a brand new novel titled Listen to the Lambs. This work explores the lives and agency of homeless people who find each other on the street and create heaven out of nothing.

Bridge inspections will require lane closures on Highway 365

Bridge inspections will require lane closures on Highway 365

LITTLE ROCK (AHTD) – Routine bridge inspections will require lane closures on Highway 365 in Pulaski County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Crews will inspect the bridge over Palarm Creek, northwest of Maumelle. The work will reduce traffic to one lane. This bridge was constructed in 1955. It is 171 feet in length and 32 feet in width.

Crews will also inspect the bridge over Parkway Drive and the railroad tracks on Highway 365 (MacArthur Drive) in North Little Rock. The work will reduce traffic to one lane. This bridge was constructed in 1941. It is 573 feet in length and 36 feet in width.

The lane closure over Palarm Creeek will be Tuesday, October 7th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

The lane closure over Parkway Drive will be Wednesday, October 8th and Thursday, October 9th, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Boards, Spreads, Boxes and Platters!

Boards, Spreads, Boxes and Platters!

Butcher & Public is a small business based on hand crafted Arkansas meats and Charcuterie. Think of times past where we had the neighborhood butcher shops for our families’ meats. At B&P you can come in for sausage, bacon, sandwiches, fresh meats and advice on what to do with all of this. Located inside Good Food by Ferneau restaurant, they offer meats in the retail case, sandwiches to eat in or take out, meat-cheese-pickle platters and also have a Meat Share program.

Maumelle works to mitigate flooding

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Two months after a storm caused severe flooding in Maumelle neighborhoods, the people who live there say they get nervous anytime there is a threat of heavy rain.

From Windsor Drive to Garden Oaks to the Gables of Maumelle, people are still making repairs.

Back in August, the drainage system in one part of Maumelle could not handle the storm. Cars filled up with water and the rain pushed people out of their homes.

Work continues at the Gables of Maumelle, after flooding damaged 24 apartments. Larry Otey lived with his family in one of them.

"I lost a lot of stuff," said Otey.

He says he lost clothes, electronics and photographs. Now, he lives in another apartment on the other side of the complex.

"We really just do not want to go through that again," said Otey. "It is just too much. It is devastating."