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Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Pumpkin pulp, seeds can spook your plumbing system

Carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns an age-old Halloween tradition. However, it can turn into a plumbing nightmare if the pulp and seeds go down the garbage disposal.

With the usual increase in clogged kitchen sink drains and jammed garbage disposals plumbers see this time of year, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is already prepared for the spike in calls. 

"We stay busy during Halloween because people don’t realize the pumpkin’s stringy, slimy substance hardens and sticks to the pipes,” said Glenn Gallas of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Arkansas. “Our service professionals are on call 24/7, so we can repair the plumbing emergency and get our customers back to their Halloween activities and guests.”

The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from causing plumbing problems is being cautious when removing and disposing of the remains.

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St. Joseph’s Mercy hosts family health fair

St. Joseph’s Mercy hosts family health fair

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Want to win an Apple iPad 2? Or maybe a bicycle? Or just learn how to keep your children healthier?

St. Joseph’s Mercy has you covered with a Family Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event is free to the public and will be held at Outpatient Surgery (nearest to Higdon Ferry Road) on the main campus.

Get valuable health information, participate in family-friendly screenings, and enjoy educational displays, seminars and fun activities. Area vendors will be on hand to provide information on safety and local services.

Attendees will have a chance to visit booths in order to be entered into prize giveaways, including an Apple iPad 2 and two mountain bikes. We’ve also got plenty of fun stuff for children to take home with them.

Tyson 'Acts Out' against hunger

Tyson 'Acts Out' against hunger

Company receives award from Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tyson Foods, Inc.

Save money, prevent pollution

Save money, prevent pollution

Did you know the energy used in the average home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a car?

There are several ways you can reduce your carbon foot print and September is the perfect time to start making changes.  That is because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is promoting pollution prevention.

The Federal Pollution Prevention Act, passed in 1990, made a declaration that pollution should be prevented or reduced at its source whenever possible.  To honor this anniversary, ADEQ urges the public to prevent pollution in their day to day lives.

HRC 'Road to Equality' Tour Comes to Arkansas

HRC 'Road to Equality' Tour Comes to Arkansas

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will be holding a press conference on Saturday, September 17 in Little Rock at the Central Arkansas Library. Arkansas is the ninth stop on HRC’s “On the Road to Equality,” a nationwide bus tour to spread the message of equality.

Arkansas 47th in National Child Well-Being Rankings

Arkansas 47th in National Child Well-Being Rankings

GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. (AP/KTHV) - High child poverty in Arkansas keeps the state pinned to the bottom of national rankings in measurements of child well-being, according to the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The state moved up one position to 47th for overall child well-being, despite substantial gains seen in the lives of Arkansas teens.

With an overall child poverty rate of 27 percent, the state is still struggling to move up in the yearly rankings.

Criteria for Single Parent Scholarship Fund

Criteria for Single Parent Scholarship Fund

UNDATED (KTHV) -- Life's not always a cake walk -- especially if you're a single parent. Getting ahead with your education can present even more of a challenge.

But there is help out there. Joining Dawn Scott with details is Ralph Nesson, executive director of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

Nesson talks about the applicant criteria, how to apply and more.