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Lane closed on I-30 , Dec. 10, 13 - 16

Constucrstruction is beginning this week on Interstate 30, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The testing will be located on Interstate 30 just east of the Saline/Hot Spring County line (Milemarker 108 to 110). The testing will require the westbound, outside lane to be closed on December 10th and continuing December 13th through Thursday, December 16th.

The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting. Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.

Hero Central: Salvation Army in need of angels

There are thousands of excited kids counting down the days until Santa arrives, but hundreds of them are listed on Angels Trees and there is only one week left to buy them a gift. The Salvation Army is worried about what the count down will be like for those children, so we're calling all heroes in Hero Central.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at a highly secure warehouse where Salvation Army volunteers are stuffing boxes with toys and clothing, but if you look closely most boxes are empty.

Major April Taylor says "We don't open this up to just anyone. We want the community to know we are careful about their resources and that those who are receiving truly are in need."

Pavement testing to require lane closure on I-30 in Haskell

Crews performing pavement testing will require a lane closure beginning this week on Interstate 30, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

The testing will be located on Interstate 30 just east of the Saline/Hot Spring County line (Milemarker 108 to 110).  The testing will require the westbound, outside lane to be closed on Friday, December 10th and continuing Monday, December 13th through Thursday, December 16th. 

The lane closure will be in effect between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

Motorists should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones.

(Source: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department)

State holiday performances scheduled for Dec. 6-Dec. 17

 

More than 145 school choirs and dance troupes will fill the Capitol's marble halls with seasonal sounds for the next two weeks.

A traditional part of the Capitol's annual holiday festivities, choral and dance performances are taking place in the second floor rotunda December 6 through 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The most current schedule of performances, as well as group photos, can be found on Secretary of State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/holidays2010

The Capitol building will hold special holiday hours through New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends to allow visitors extra time to take in the sights and sounds of the season.

Scheduled performances are as follows:

Kroger raises awareness to help fight hunger in Arkansas

From December 8th through December 18th customers and associates at 20 area Kroger family of store locations from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Cabot, Conway and Benton can help make a difference by taking advantage of simple donation opportunities while they shop. In addition to these efforts, Kroger will also make a $5,000 cash donation to the food bank.

Making a financial donation to a local food bank is as easy as scanning a pre-marked tag or asking the cashier to 'round up' a grocery order. Customers can take advantage of this option in all Kroger stores.

Pre-filled bags of nutritious food can be purchased for $10 and added to collection barrels at Kroger stores.

Kroger has partnered with local food banks, Feeding America and other organizations to fight hunger in our communities. Customers who shop at any of Kroger's family of stores can help, too, by taking advantage of simple donation opportunities while they shop.

Royal Players of Benton present Once Upon a Mattress

The Royal Players of Benton will present the musical Once Upon a Mattress in the historic Royal Theatre, 111 South Market Street, in downtown Benton, Arkansas.  Show dates are  December 2-4 at 7:00 pm and December 5 at 2:00 pm and  December 9-11 at 7:00 pm and December 12 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors and $5.00 for students.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.royalplayers.com or reserved by dialing (501)315-LIVE (5483). 

Directed by Bob May of Conway with music direction by Karen Owings and choreography by Jenny Johnston, Once Upon a Mattress is a musical tale of finding love in a fictional medieval kingdom.

Hero Central: A miracle bestseller

But it wasn't just the literary challenge that motivated him. "I had a friend that had a bike and I loved it and it was a really fun bike and I wanted to buy that," says Aaron.

Mom Kara was supportive but realistic. "I wasn't real sure how he was going to get 350 copies sold of the book. I think we made a deal that if he sold half of it we would find the other half," she says.

But at this point, the story took an unexpected plot twist. "Our librarian at school has a daughter that has a brain tumor, and she's a year younger than me and I tried to sell the book for them to raise some money for their family," says Aaron.

Surgeons removed Alyssa Beggs' tumor; a year later, it grew back. It's why sales of "Murder at the Bookstore" took off. "The first check was $699," says Aaron.