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My Town Hero: Program helping children become better readers

My Town Hero: Program helping children become better readers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – One man in Little Rock has started a program designed to help children become better readers. Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock started the MLK Reads program a year ago with the help of Minister Chris Ellis.

"We looked around and felt that third grade reading levels were connected to drop out rates, poverty rates, and incarceration,” explained Ellis. "We didn't want to just put a Band-aid on something. We wanted to get to the root causes."

According to a recent report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 16 percent of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time. That number rose to 35 percent for children who were also poor, putting them at a major disadvantage when it comes to their education.

Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs season extends to include weekends in September

Magic Springs Water and Theme Park will extend its season beyond its normal closing date. The last days of the regular season will be Monday, September 1 and Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7. 

The water park will reopen for weekends only, beginning Sunday, September 14, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, and the final weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the park will be reduced to $15 per person for the extended dates.

Regular general admission to the park before September 11 starts at $29.99. Children 3 years of age and younger receive free admission. Complete pricing information can be found at the park’s website, magicsprings.com, or by calling 501-624-0100.

Study: Hot Springs visitors spent $523M in 2013

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A study by a tourism research company shows visitors to Hot Springs spent more than $520 million last year.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1osyLwz) senior vice president Michael Erdman of Longwoods International presented the company's report Monday at the Hot Springs Convention Center. About 4.9 million trips were taken to Hot Springs in 2013. That includes 2 million overnight trips and 2.9 million day trips.

Erdman says overnight visitors spent money in lodging and food, while daytime tourists use money for shopping.

CEO Steve Arrison of Visit Hot Springs says it's been more than a decade since the group requested an industry analysis on the central Arkansas city.

Arraignment scheduled for Hot Springs murder suspect

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - In Hot Springs, a plea and arraignment hearing is expected for one of the two parolees charged with killing 26-year-old Mayela Mata and seriously injuring her 20-month-old daughter.

Steven Swanigan has been in jail since May, charged with capital murder after allegedly going to Mata's apartment and shooting Mata, her child, and another man on April 30 at an apartment complex on Springwood Road.

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Swanigan surrendered after police surrounded his apartment a week later.

Hearing scheduled Monday for 2012 double stabbing

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Monday in Hot Springs for a brutal 2012 stabbing attack that left a woman dead and her boyfriend badly hurt.

Fielding Kimery, 40, is accused of killing 21-year-old Latisha Pilgrim and nearly killing 42-year-old Armen Crawford and allegedly throwing acid in the victim's faces before repeatedly stabbing them.

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Kimery faces life in prison without parole and has been charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of first degree criminal attempt at murder, and one count of first degree battery.

2014 Little Rock Walk to End Alzheimer's Kickoff Luncheon

2014 Little Rock Walk to End Alzheimer's Kickoff Luncheon

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, we have mobilized thousands of people in your community to join the fight aganist Alzheimer's disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Demonstrate your family or company leadership role in the fight aganist Alzheimer's by joining us as A volunteer or a participant of your local Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together, with your philanthropic support, we can lead the way to end Alzheimer's. 

Magic Springs honors military, law enforcement in Aug., extends season

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Magic Springs Water and Theme Park winds down its 2014 season with special events and a tribute to military, police, and firefighters with free admission during the month of August as part of Hero Appreciation Month. The offer is valid for active and inactive military and official identification is required to receive free admission.

"We can't do enough to honor these American heroes and this is our way to make coming to the park more affordable for them and their families," said Steve Honeycutt, general manager.

Fire truck to be at park, Saturday, August 9

A Hot Springs Fire Department fire truck will be at the park this Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The truck will be located in the kiddie park area and kids will able to have their photo made with a firefighter.

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