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Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results

Recycling rewards program cut due to poor results


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Recycling incentives in Pulaski County are getting a makeover.

This comes after a 3-city-wide, 2-year-old recycling program got cut Tuesday night due to a lack in participation.

The board, made up of the mayors of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Maumelle and Jacksonville, are now formulating a new incentive plan.

"We want people who are presently recycling to continue to do it and we want people who aren't to register and think hey I'd like to win that $1,000 card from Walmart," said John Roberts of the Regional Recycling and Waste Reduction District.

A request for a new proposal will go out in September with a goal of starting a new program in 2015.


Man recognized as 'Local Champion' for firearm safety efforts

Man recognized as 'Local Champion' for firearm safety efforts

NEWTOWN, Connecticut and LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (NSSF) – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Joe Huggins of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in Little Rock, AR as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearm safety in the state. The recognition comes as NSSF continues its “S.A.F.E. Summer Across America” campaign as part of its ongoing Project ChildSafe program to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

“As the hunter education coordinator, it is my job to ensure we promote safety year-round,” Huggins said. “Firearms and other outdoor equipment are used year-round, which makes practicing safe storage important no matter what season it is.”

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

Enjoy the great outdoors on Arkansas Trails Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – The 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America's largest trail celebration, is slated for June 7. Events throughout the U.S. will join this nationwide observation of America's wealth of trail types and experiences while encouraging the public to enjoy a trail. According to State Trails Coordinator Mike Sprague, "The kick off to Arkansas's celebrations will begin a week earlier on Saturday, May 31, with trail events of all kinds in Little Rock and North Little Rock. A schedule of the events slated for May 31 in the metro area is posted on the Arkansas Trails Council website at: http://www.arkansastrailscouncil.com/.

Area photo: Love is in the air?

Area photo: Love is in the air?

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Pricilla Gray Kellebrew shared this photo from the Little Rock area though our #BeOn11 hastag. If you have a photo you'd like to share, you can do so by using that same hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or even Instagram.

Earth Day recognition for Clinton School

Earth Day recognition for Clinton School

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials say a 115-year-old building affiliated with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received an award for being environmentally friendly.

Sturgis Hall received the certification Tuesday for leadership in energy and environmental design - or LEED. It was presented by Jason Hartke - the vice president of national policy for the U.S. Green Building Council - to Clinton Center operations director Debbie Shock in Little Rock. The council is a nonprofit group that promotes environmental-friendly building construction.

Clinton Foundation executive director Stephanie Streett and school Dean Skip Rutherford also attended.

The Clinton School received a grant from Gov. Mike Beebe in 2009 to implement sustainable practices to reduce the building's environmental impact. Shock says utility costs have been lowered $38,000 annually and water usage has declined.

Neighbors concerned about sewer overflow

Neighbors concerned about sewer overflow

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - All the rain we've been having is putting Little Rock's aging sewer pipes to the test.

Waste water told us that some of their piping is more than 50 years old. Many residents are smelling the problem, and they came to us looking for answers.

Little Rock Waste Water is trying to get funding to prevent these overflows from happening again in Fourche Creek, but right now, it's causing quite a stink for neighbors who like to walk in the park.

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Almost every day, you'll find Mclees Baldwin and Terri Leath walking through the old Western Hills Golf Course usually with their dogs.

"We love to walk the whole thing, but when there's a hard rain the sewage is backing up into the area, and it's going in the creek."

Mclees Baldwin has lived in this area for about seven years, and said it's been like this since she moved here.