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11-year-old captures essence of Arkansas through photos


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV)- Every day we pass hundreds, if not thousands of people. We see their faces, we see their clothes, but we don't always see beneath their image to their essence.

One young Arkansas girl is trying to change that, one picture at a time.

11-year-old Katie Chandler began the Facebook page Humans of Arkansas in July as a way to tell the hundreds of stories we don't see every day.

"Some people reject us and some people are glad to do it," Chandler said smiling.

"Essentially what's she's trying to do is to capture the essence of Arkansas through photographs, and anecdotes, and quotes," added Katie's mother Amanda Chandler.

Even though she's from the tiny town of Newhope, Katie has traveled all over Arkansas, cementing moments in time in Hot Springs, Little Rock and Fayetteville, introducing new characters, triumphs, and tribulations with each snap shot.

My Town Hero: Woman dedicates life to homeless adults, children

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A woman in Little Rock has dedicated her life to helping working homeless adults and their children stay together and live successful lives. Her passion to help others is what makes her so deserving of being featured as a My Town Hero.

For Georgia Mjartan, there's nothing more rewarding than helping children and their parents succeed.

"I grew up not a mile from Our House. I was very aware of the disparities and social injustices even as a little girl," said Georgia Mjartan. She explained that that's what motivated her to do something meaningful in her own community. After taking over as Executive Director of the homeless shelter, Our House in 2005, Georgia became inspired to create a youth center. "I looked around and saw all of these homeless children who had nowhere to be during the summer hold up in a dark dormitory in the shelter."

City of Pine Bluff working to revitalize downtown


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV)- The city of Pine Bluff is working with local business owners to come up with a plan to revitalize their downtown area. This comes after a second building downtown partially collapsed in the last five months.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth, along with city inspectors and the Fire Marshall, began one-on-one meetings on Tuesday with business owners whose buildings have been unoccupied.

Marlene Ross-Lilly was the first to meet with the city. "I had hopes of opening an antique store," said Lilly. "I'm doing this for both the city and for other veterans to be able to have employment."

She was brought in Tuesday morning because the city said her building is unsafe. "I bought the old museum last year," said Lilly. "And now they're telling me that my building in under the condemnation list?"

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming

Group says Arkansas birds threatened by global warming


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 9, 2014) – Global warming threatens the survival of nearly half the birds species in the continental United States and Canada, including many of Arkansas's birds. One iconic Arkansas bird – the mallard – is among those at risk, according to the report. Another duck, the bufflehead also stands to lose much of its habitable territory in Arkansas.

"Based on Audubon's peer-reviewed scientific study, more than 300 birds across North America face serious threat or extinction. Half of those species spend all or part of their lives in Arkansas," said Dr. Dan Scheiman, director of bird conservation at Audubon Arkansas. "Our state plays a pivotal role in preventing a catastrophic decline in bird species across much of the country."

Salvation Army recruiting volunteers for Angel Tree Christmas assistance

Salvation Army recruiting volunteers for Angel Tree Christmas assistance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 9, 2014) - The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is now recruiting volunteers to help process applications for Angel Tree Christmas assistance. The central Arkansas application process will be held at the following locations:

Pulaski County, Lonoke County, White County

Dates: October 7-9, 14-16

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 1505 West 18th Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114

 

Saline County

Dates: September 29 – October 3

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: 129 North Main Street,Benton, AR 72015

Volunteers can register for these two locations at http://SalvationArmyCentralArkansas.org/angels

Jefferson County woman killed in single vehicle collision

Jefferson County woman killed in single vehicle collision


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. (September 8, 2014) - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal single vehicle collision in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

On Monday, at approximately 4:44 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to the 2400 block of Petty Road in reference to a single vehicle collision. Upon arrival, deputies found the wreckage of an obvious vehicle accident. Inside the wreckage, deputies discovered the body of the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle later identified as Heather Kirkpatrick-Withers, 28. Withers did not appear to have been wearing a safety belt at the time accident.

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

GAO: Arkansas Medicaid plan not revenue-neutral

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Government auditors say Arkansas' private option Medicaid plan will cost taxpayers an extra $778 million over the next three years rather than being "revenue-neutral" to the federal budget.

The Department of Health and Human Services disagreed with the findings, which were released Monday. It said the federal Government Accountability Office didn't take into consideration major program changes within Arkansas' Medicaid system.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe said the report was prepared without anyone at the GAO contacting Arkansas for its input. Spokesman Matt DeCample said the state should expect higher startup costs as 200,000 people enter the health care system, but that costs eventually will be lower as the population becomes healthier.

Under the plan, Arkansas will use Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance for poor people.