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Hero Central: One penny at a time for Ronald McDonald House

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It started with one. One child in need. One family looking for help. One doctor with an idea. One community joining forces to build the first Ronald McDonald House.

And, just one penny can make a difference today in the lives of children and families.

So far Arkansans have donated $130,000 in spare change and nationally more than 25 million dollars has been raised.

On Friday, July 1, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is asking you to continue to support their 1 campaign and 'Join RMHC for 1' by adding one penny, one dime, quarter or dollar to the RMHC Donation Boxes at local participating McDonald's restaurants.

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Attempted rape in Garland County

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A Garland County woman said she was attacked by a man who attempted to rape her late Tuesday as she walked her dog.

"The victim stated the white male jumped from the grassy area and got on top of her," said Deputy A J Tart of Garland County Sheriff's Department.

The woman said it happened between 8:30 and 9 p.m. near the corner of Keith Drive and Bayside Road just outside Hot Springs. 

"The victim states she was able to fight him off because he was possibly intoxicated." said Deputy Tart.

The victim describes the suspect as in his 30s, 6-feet tall, around 170 pounds, slender build with straight,  medium-length blonde hair.  She said the man had a light complexion and a full beard.  She states he wore blue jeans, a dark-colored shirt and brown shoes during the attack.

"After the attack, she was able to leave the scene, run home and get her mother." said Deputy Tart.

Magic Springs kicks off 'Celebrate The Word' Christian festival

Magic Springs kicks off 'Celebrate The Word' Christian festival

WHAT:

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park presents the first weekend of Celebrate The Word, a Christian festival spanning three summer weekends with award-winning bands Third Day and Tenth Avenue North and inspirational speaker Kevin Downes.

WHO: THIRD DAY

The multi-platinum-selling rock band Third Day has played to millions of fans in numerous sold-out arenas around the world.  It’s garnered 25 No. 1 singles across multiple formats – not to mention armloads of Grammy and Dove Awards.  Yet the band’s willingness to struggle openly before fans and critics alike to unearth its identity, purpose, and missionstands as Third Day’s most valued accomplishment during its first decade together.  Backing up the band's ascent, Billboard magazine noted the act is "not only one of the best Christian bands of the '90s but one of the best rock bands, period.”

WHO: TENTH AVENUE NORTH

LRFW launches youth fashion design competition

LRFW launches youth fashion design competition

Little Rock Fashion Week is accepting applications from students entering grades 1st through 12th for its Youth Fashion Sketch Design Competition. Applications can be downloaded at LittleRockFashionWeek.com.

The purpose of the competition is to ignite, motivate and encourage young people who are interested in the fashion industry. Students are asked to create their own clothing line by sketching out their designs and coming up with a name.

The finalists from different grade categories (1st-5th grades; 6th-8th grades; and 9th-12th grades) will be invited to attend Little Rock Fashion Week 2012.

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Tarantulas!

Tarantulas!

HOT SPRINGS, AR: Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m., a park ranger will present an evening program about the largest spider that can be found in Hot Springs National Park.

Not only are tarantulas the largest spiders in the Midwest, but they are also one of Hot Springs National Park’s most misunderstood inhabitants. Despite their portrayal in horror movies as deadly, poisonous, and aggressive spiders, tarantulas are actually docile and interesting creatures.

Find out more about these amazing arachnids at the Gulpha Gorge amphitheater.  You might get the chance to see a tarantula, too!

Royal woman arrested again for allegedly attacking son

ROYAL, Ark. (KTHV) - A Royal woman is under arrest for allegedly attacking her son again in the same week.

Tamra Thacker was arrested Thursday and charged with third degree domestic batter, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, and is being held without bond.

She was just released on bond Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault on a family or household member for allegedly threatening her son with a knife after he said he hid her pills. The son told Garland County Sheriff's deputies that Thacker had overdosed on pills in March and was hospitalized.

State parks packed for Memorial Day weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Riverfest wasn't the only place packing in the guests this holiday weekend. State parks across Arkansas enjoyed booked-up camp grounds and cabins all weekend long.

Today's THV traveled to Lake Catherine State Park just outside Hot Springs where park officials say they were booked-up well before the weekend even began. Now we did catch up with one family from Alexander that scored with a last-minute cancellation, but that was truly a lucky get. 

For these kids from Alexander, Memorial Day weekend brought time to hang out, swim and more.

"And fishing is fun too," one girl shouts.

They did it all at Lake Catherine State Park, with the "Holiday Gods" on their side.

"We normally always book our trips really far in advance but we got super-lucky this weekend, there was a cancellation, so we got really lucky to get it," Saletha Daniel said.