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City hopes historic home sparks development

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Some argue that Little Rock would not be here today if it weren't for one man named William Woodruff.

A Confederate general, founder of the Arkansas Gazette, and namesake for Woodruff County, he has as much history in the state as just about anyone. But one of his biggest traces is begging to be saved on the east side of town.

In 1853, Woodruff bought 18 acres of land on the corner of 8th and McLean where he built a 13-bedroom home.

Over the years it has deteriorated, now to the point of dilapidation, and the city and some local community members are doing their best to bring it back to life.

"A lot of people are really excited about it I mean it's such a significant house," explained Rhea Roberts, director of the Quapaw Quarter Association.

If seeing is believing then Roberts doesn't need to do a lot of convincing.

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LRSD receives athletic training support


A partnership two years in the making is aiming to make student athletes safer and healthier.

On Wednesday, the Little Rock School District announced that athletic trainers will now be on its fields to provide services for all athletes.

Tim Driedric is used to working with students, but his role this school year will be a little different. As he tapes up a student's ankle he asks, "How's that feel? Feel stable?"

Arkansas Children's Hospital just announced an agreement with the Little Rock School District to provide full-time athletic trainers for all five high schools and middle schools. A spokesperson added, "We champion children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow."

Race for the Cure sets new goals for 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – It's almost that time again when everyone busts out their pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.

On October 10, you have the chance to help Arkansas become the number one Race for the Cure in the country!

Last year's race produced close to 30,000 participants. That's just 5,000 behind number one, Columbus, Ohio.

More importantly, the event raised $1.3 million, with most of that staying in Arkansas to support breast cancer education.

Volunteers work to save the Woodruff home

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Volunteers braved Saturday's extreme heat in hopes of saving a historic home in Little Rock.

The Quapaw Quarter Association acquired the 162-year-old Woodruff House in 2014.It belonged to William Woodruff, the founder of the Arkansas Gazette.

While our cameras were there on Saturday, THV11 met Kenneth Talley.He lived in the home for 20 years when it was an apartment building but moved out in the 60s.No one has lived in the house since 2006.

On Saturday, Talley got to peek inside at the home he spent a chunk of his life in.

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An Evening with Dianne Reeves

An Evening with Dianne Reeves

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Join the Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for this year's installment of "An Evening with..." featuring Grammy award winner and jazz legend Dianne Reeves. 

Make plans to enjoy a wonderful evening of jazz as Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will open the show. 

Please note all online tickets must be converted to real paper tickets at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center prior to the start of the performance.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support the educational and outreach programs of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

A Recap of LRFW 7

By: Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark - Not even a nearly record-breaking hot day could prevent the excitement around the show and entertainment behind the outdoor event on the 4th block of Main Street in downtown Little Rock at the Big Night.

Little Rock’s very own native and TV news personality, Keristen Holmes, returned home to host Big Night, presenting returning designers and new designers as they showcased their clothing lines while models strutted in the designer’s collection on the runway at the seventh annual Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW).

Changes coming to LRSD employee contracts

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds of teachers met at the Arkansas Education Association on Tuesday night to discuss changes to an employment contract.

Since the state takeover of the Little Rock School District back in January, new negotiations must be made. "No matter what survives, nothing is going to be the way it was and that's okay," said Cathy Koehler, president of the Little Rock Education Association.

In just 13 weeks, the 92-page document is set to expire. Nearly 400 teachers across the district showed up ready to discuss everything from salary to benefits.

"A lot of people vented what they had to say and there might have been some moments I vented," Koehler said.