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Brighter Side: Good news in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) --  Too often we report the negative news, but great things are happening in your community each day.

Here's a look at the Brighter Side....

Going barefoot for one day
Heifer International employees once again participated in TOMS "One Day Without Shoes" campaign this week to bring attention to and show solidarity with the millions of people who live their daily lives of hard work and harsh conditions shoeless.

Hot Spring Co. hunger agencies receive Foodbank equipment donations

Hot Spring Co. hunger agencies receive Foodbank equipment donations
Foodbank Awards Equipment Worth $160,000 to Hunger Agencies

LITTLE ROCK, AR --  The Arkansas Foodbank has awarded $160,000 worth of freezers, walk-in coolers, shelving, pallet jacks and other warehouse equipment  to church food pantries and other hunger agencies that use the Foodbank as a source of supplies to help them improve their capacity for helping the hungry.

The grants were announced by CEO Phyllis Haynes and Dianne Williams,  the Foodbank’s Chief Program Officer.

The vans are a continuation of infrastructure improvements that were funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation following the construction of the Foodbank’s new Reynolds-funded Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center, the new 70,000-sq.-ft. Foodbank warehouse that opened a year ago at 4301 W. 65th St. in Little Rock.

Search for fugitive leads to two other arrests, escapee still at large

Search for fugitive leads to two other arrests, escapee still at large

MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- Hot Spring County area law enforcement agencies had a busy day Wednesday.

In late February of this year, Donald Todd Brown, 43, was sentenced to 72 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on drug related charges.  He was released from jail while waiting for prison bed space but was required to wear an ankle monitoring device and to report to the county jail on a regular basis. 

Wednesday morning bed space became available but Brown did not report as required.  As area law enforcement officers began their search for him, the ankle bracelet was cut at about 1:30 pm, sending an alarm. Brown then simply disappeared.  The bracelet was later found near the Garland County industrial park on Highway 270.

Hero Central: Week of a lifetime at Camp Corral

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Golden Corral press release) - This summer Golden Corral will send 1,800 children from military families to a week-long camp free of charge. 

Camp Corral is a one-week camp experience where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, apart from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of wounded or disabled military veterans and service members.  

It's a "week of a lifetime" providing kids non-stop fun with activities like  canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, target sports, horseback riding and other camping activities in the great outdoors.

Camp Corral will be managed and staffed by the 4-H Youth Development Organization and is accredited by the American Camp Association.

U.S. Postal Service: No extended hours on tax night

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Millions of Americans wait until the last minute to file their tax returns. This year is no different.

Filers have until 12 Midnight on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 to drop off their completed returns. The Postal Service will not be adding any additional window hours or collection times.

Postmaster Gregg Tolliver is urging customers to be aware of this change.

"The latest window hours and collection time is 8 p.m. at the Little Rock Processing & Distribution Center located at 4700 E McCain, North Little Rock," says Tolliver. "Customers can be assured all mail dropped in the blue collection boxes at the Processing & Distribution Center location until 8 p.m. will receive an April 17 postmark."

"Although the deadline is Tuesday, April 17, customers are urged to drop off returns as early as possible," says Tolliver.

Prom safety checklist for parents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Prom is an unforgettable milestone in your teen's life, but it's important to make sure it's not the LAST milestone of their life.

According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, just over 5,200 teens are injured and 48 teens are killed nationwide in car crashes on a typical prom weekend.

Many of them alcohol related.

Sgt. Brian Dedrick with the North Little Rock Police Dept. knows these accidents far too well and recommends all parents follow this checklist before your child heads out for the most important night of their lives:

ARA: Housing market bounces back in Arkansas

ARA: Housing market bounces back in Arkansas

Arkansas REALTORS Association Reports Outstanding February
Arkansas Up/Even in Every Tracked Category