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Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

Celebrate an injury-free Independence Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fireworks stands across the state are starting to do big business as Arkansans prepare to celebrate the Independence Day weekend.

Because Attorney General Dustin McDaniel hopes everyone has a safe and happy holiday, he issued these safety tips to remind Arkansans about state laws concerning fireworks.

Keep your children safe in the water

Keep your children safe in the water

The Arkansas Department of Health is reminding parents of the danger that is present when young children are around swimming pools, lakes and streams.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.

Sherwood Fest

Sherwood Fest

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Sherwood Fest is taking place once again, keeping up the streak of 35 straight years. It will be held at the Sherwood Forest on Saturday, September 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, food, and entertainment for all ages will be provided and the best part of all -- it's free!

Booth spaces are available and start at $45.

Learn more about international adoption

Learn more about international adoption

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—Dillon International, Inc., will present a FREE informational meeting on international adoption from 6:00 to7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Dillon International office, 4702 W. Commercial Dr., Suite B-1, in North Little Rock.

A Dillon representative will give an overview of adoption from China, Korea, Haiti, India, and Hong Kong, plus new opportunities in Ghana. Adoption programs in Russia, Ethiopia and Honduras, available through an affiliation with Buckner International, will also be discussed. For information or a reservation to attend the meeting, please call 501-791-9300.

Founded in 1972, Dillon International is a licensed, non-profit adoption and humanitarian aid agency that is affiliated with Dallas-based Buckner International.

Arkansas free fishing weekend

Arkansas free fishing weekend

June 10-12 is the official "Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend" according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision Fishing Guidebook 2011.  Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.  Several new changes have occured on fishing limits, so visit http://www.agfc.com/resources/GuidebookDocs/fish2011p07-11.pdf for more information on current regulations.  

Kids’ Fishing Day at the Commission’s five fish hatcheries is Saturday, June  11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rules of the Road: Free teen driving class

Rules of the Road: Free teen driving class

Drive By the Rules, Keep the Privilege” is designed for parents and teens to attend together. Topics include driving risks for teens, Arkansas laws in place to keep them safe and why it’s important to set a good driving example. At the end of the class, parents and teens will be able to work together to set up a driving contract in the home. Please note: There is no hands-on driving in this course.

ARKids First and public libraries focus on summer safety

ARKids First and public libraries focus on summer safety

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – ARKids First, the state’s CHIP program (Children’s Health Insurance Program), has partnered with the Arkansas Public Library System’s popular summer reading program to provide educational materials and a series of safety events during May, June and July.  The educational materials and events are aimed at keeping kids safe during the summer and encouraging parents of already enrolled kids to utilize ARKids benefits for well-child doctor visits.

All public library branches in the state’s system will have summer safety educational packets available for children who register for free summer reading programs.  A series of eight summer safety events will be held at public libraries throughout the state.