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GoFundMe created for Maumelle kindergartner hit by car

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of a 6-year-old boy who survived being struck by a car at a crosswalk.

The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 outside of Pine Forest Elementary where Zachary Mathis is a kindergarten student. The driver of the SUV was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

According to the Mathis family, Zachary will be bedridden for at least two or three months as he recovers from his injuries.

Especially with the holidays approaching, the community wants to help the family in their time of need. In addition to financial donations, the group is also in search of new or used electronic devices, gaming systems with appropriate games, books or board games to keep his mind occupied while in the hospital.

6-year-old boy hit by car in crosswalk

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A 6-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was struck by an SUV in a crosswalk on his way to school Friday morning.

The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. outside of Pine Forest Elementary where the 6-year-old is a student. The driver of the SUV was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The family of Zachary Mathis spoke with THV11 and said that he has a broken femur and bruising on his lungs, but he is expected to be okay.

"If he hadn't curled up, he probably wouldn't have made it," said the victim's uncle, Mark Williams.

It's a situation that could have ended up much differently.

"I thought it would be a whole lot worse than that. Especially when they told me the tire went over him," said Williams.

Maumelle kindergartner struck by vehicle expected to be OK

Maumelle kindergartner struck by vehicle expected to be OK

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A kindergarten boy and a security guard were hit by a car outside a school on Friday morning.

According to Capt. Jim Hansard with the Maumelle Police Department, the child and a Pulaski County security guard were hit by a Chevy Tahoe while on the crosswalk outside Pine Forest Elementary in Maumelle around 7:30 a.m.

"Adopt-A-Vet" for Christmas

"Adopt-A-Vet" for Christmas

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - A few Maumelle citizens are trying to help veterans in the area have the perfect Christmas.

A drive is underway to take Christmas gifts to the “forgotten vets” at Fort Roots Veterans Administration Hospital in North Little Rock. Almost 400 vets are hoping to be surprised with gifts this year, including a visit from Santa. The veterans at Ft. Roots suffer from PTSD, life threatening illnesses or injuries, addictions and homelessness. 

“For many of the vets at Fort Roots, their only Christmas gift will be the ones we give them,” said Jacki Bruning of Maumelle, who had the idea six years ago.

According to Bruning, they are looking for donation items such as backpacks, socks, pajamas, coats, shirts, lap blankets, individual toiletries individual packaged snacks, candy, coffee and hand-held games,” said Bruning. 

UAMS Neighborhood Clinic opens in Maumelle

UAMS Neighborhood Clinic opens in Maumelle

MAUMELLE, Ark. - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has opened a new UAMS Neighborhood Clinic offering convenient, high-quality primary care services in Maumelle.

The clinic, located at 102 Town Centre Drive in Maumelle, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. It offers primary care services to those 12 and older.

To make an appointment, call (501) 614-2470. More information is available at UAMShealth.com/Maumelle.

“UAMS is committed to offering all Arkansans world-class health care. Our Neighborhood Clinics allow us to meet the primary care needs of our patients in their own communities,” said Roxane A. Townsend, M.D., UAMS Medical Center CEO and vice chancellor for clinical programs.

Master craftsman carving pumpkins in Maumelle

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Halloween is a time when a few unique jobs get to show off, whether it's being a make-up artist or expert pumpkin carver.

In Maumelle, we found one man who is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to carving jack-o-lanterns. Johnny Angell creates works of art on pumpkins. He combines his carving skills with a lot of patience, both for him, his wife and his neighbors.

"I carve these in the house, so as I'm shaving the skin off I'm leaving little pumpkin chips and flakes all over the floor. But she puts up with me," said Angell.

Angell said he started to get elaborate with his carving about 10 years ago. He told THV11 that he only works with large pumpkins because it's easier to get a good pattern on them.

And the bigger and better the pattern, the better the final result.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.