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Former PCSSD Students Win "Golden Ticket to Hollywood"

Former PCSSD Students Win "Golden Ticket to Hollywood"

Two Pulaski County Special School District alumni received their “golden ticket to Hollywood” on this season of American Idol!! Malcolm Allen, who attended Mills High School, punched his ticket to Hollywood during the Boston auditions and Kenneth “Woody” Gaddie, a 2003 graduate of Oak Grove High School, was pushed through during the Salt Lake City auditions. Good luck to both men!

Here are links to their “behind the scenes” interviews and Malcolm’s actual live performance.

http://www.ihigh.com/mills/video_924408.html

Reminder! Bruno Mars tickets on sale Monday

Reminder! Bruno Mars tickets on sale Monday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (VERIZON ARENA) - Bruno Mars will be stopping through Little Rock on his "Moonshine Jungle World Tour," and tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.

Two PCSSD Elementary Schools Rewarded for Performance on State Testing

Two PCSSD Elementary Schools Rewarded for Performance on State Testing

Pulaski County Special School District is excited to report that two of its elementary schools, Baker Elementary School and Joe T Robinson Elementary School, are receiving monetary awards from the State of Arkansas for their performance in 2013 on state testing. Baker Elementary School will receive $18,493 and Robinson Elementary will receive $7,568.

The schools performed in the top 20 percent of the state in overall test performance as well as student growth. Kim Truslow, principal of Robinson Elementary School, said her school has already worked on a plan for the funds that was written by a teacher representative, a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) representative and herself. “Our plan will allow classroom teachers to purchase materials and supplies to support high quality Common Core instruction and will outfit the media center with additional books to support reading achievement and the Accelerated Reader program,” Truslow said.

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

Day 30: Woman celebrates 30th birthday with 30 random acts of kindness

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Most birthdays are celebrated with a cake, candles, and a few good friends wishing you a happy one, but one Benton woman decided to do things a little differently this year for her 30th.

Nicki Simpkins, of Benton, is doing a random act of kindness each day for the 30 days leading up to her birthday. Simpkins said she decided that Jan. 27 would no longer be about her; instead, she wanted it to be about others. 

She said she was driving home from visiting her in-laws in November and was thinking about the big birthday ahead; she had originally anticipated doing a 30 before 30 list to accomplish things like running a 5K or going to a concert, but a recent family death inspired her to leave the world a little bit better for her son in the future.

In fact, she plans to continue doing these random acts of kindness even after her big day is over.

President Bill Clinton to attend “River Lights” ceremony

President Bill Clinton to attend “River Lights” ceremony

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –President Bill Clinton will attend the official ceremony marking the illumination of the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, the Main Street Bridge and the Junction Bridge Pedestrian Walkway on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

The public is invited to attend the official flipping of the switches during a program held at the First Security Amphitheater. The program begins at 5 p.m. and concludes at 8 p.m.

The colorful, environmentally friendly LED lighting installation is made possible by a gift from Entergy Arkansas and Entergy Corporation through the Downtown Partnership, which plays an instrumental role developing the downtown region. Other investors in the $2.4 million project are the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock, the Clinton Foundation, the Pulaski County Bridge Public Facilities Board, Philips Lighting Company, and Koontz Electric.

Woman wins $235,000 in lottery

Woman wins $235,000 in lottery

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) – A Scott woman has won a very large sum of money in the lottery.

Pamela Clay, of Scott, won $235,000 this week in the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery by buying a lottery ticket at the Wildwood Shell in Sherwood. Her numbers were her husband’s and her granddaughter’s birthdays.

Her ticket was a $1 Natural State Jackpot ticket.

She refused a photo opportunity.

For game, odds, and information visit myarkansaslottery.com.

Greater Little Rock Senior Giving Tree program to begin

Greater Little Rock Senior Giving Tree program to begin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Home Instead Senior Care) - This season, holiday shoppers in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Cabot and Searcy can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior  program.

The program – run by the local Home Instead Senior Care office in partnership with area retailers, volunteers and members of the community – helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. This can be a difficult time for many, especially those who live alone or have lost spouses and loved ones.

An estimated 27 percent of people 65 and older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Further, the Administration on Aging reports about 28 percent (11.8 million) non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone.