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Several past complaints filed against Landmark property with 'tire fire'

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is trying to find out who is responsible for the Landmark fire that burned more than 15 acres of land on Monday.

The ADEQ stated that the first complaints placed against the property were filed more than 10 years ago, and the agency, like the neighbors who live in the area, want to hold the property owner responsible

Neighbor to the home along Pitts Road that caught fire Monday, Marvin Hickman, told THV11 that he has been watching the mess pile up for months. 

"It's a mess of the cars...That car on the end, it used to be red," said Hickman. "Tens of thousands of cars piled up, and we'd seen them for months bringing them in."

According to reports, more than 25,000 tires caught fire beginning on Sunday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces updated computer science numbers

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces updated computer science numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the newest computer science numbers at an event in Fort Smith on Thursday.

To date, 3,973 students are enrolled in computer science courses, with more than 550 students taking more than one course.

2,004 students are currently enrolled in the new course, Essentials of Computer Programming – created under the direction of the Governor. The Governor has set an initial goal of seeing 6,000 high schools students take this course each year.

Governor Hutchinson released the following statement:

“The numbers are very promising. To have a 260 percent increase over last year in the number of students taking computer science courses tells me that there is a hunger for this curriculum.

Its in the Bag-Voting Rights Edition

Its in the Bag-Voting Rights Edition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Join the Mosaic Templars for a conversation about the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

A panel will cover a variety of topics starting November 3 at 11:30 a.m. and will end at 12:30 p.m.  Panelists will include UALR assistant professors Dr. Brian Mitchell and Dr. Charles Romney. UAPB assistant professor Dr. Joseph Jones. Former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member Vivian Jones and PhD Candidate from the University of Arkansas Rodney Harris.

Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks! For more information email Tameka@arkansasheritage.org or call 501.683.3620

Police push for neighborhood watch programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Neighborhood watch programs help police in a big way, since many times property is stolen without a trace.

Little Rock police are currently helping to get a program off the ground in the Villages of Wellington neighborhood in west Little Rock, and a lot of support is behind them.

"The neighbors that live behind us, I'm really good friends with them and I'll always look out my window at them and make sure everything is okay," said Amanda Fares, a Villages of Wellington resident.

This neighborhood is typically a safe part of town.

"We just lock our doors and that's really it. We don't have a security system or anything," said Fares.

Fares and her family have lived in this neighborhood for nine years, and experience is enough for her to support a neighborhood watch program.

100.3 The Edge's Annual Scholarship Chili Cook-Off

100.3 The Edge's Annual Scholarship Chili Cook-Off

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The September Fund is seeking chili eaters for its 10th Annual “Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-Off."

Individuals or teams of up to five will compete in various categories for cash, trophies, bragging rights and other prizes on Saturday, October 31 at the Metroplex, 10800 Colonel Glenn Road in Little Rock. Cooking starts at 6 a.m., and the event opens to the public at 11 a.m.

Tasting spoons will be sold to the public with money raised from this event going towards the September Fund’s yearly scholarship awards. College-bound sons and daughters of Arkansas firemen, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians are eligible for the scholarships. 

Since the fund’s inception in 2003, it has raised and awarded over $100,000 in scholarships.   

Little Rock teen gets huge surprise after bike theft


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A little over a month after having his most-prized possession stolen weeks after receiving it, one Little Rock teen got quite the surprise last week.

In a story originally published by THV11 in September, Little Rock resident David Emery, 14, had his bike stolen after walking into Edward’s Food Giant on Labor Day.

Emery said that he worked all summer to acquire the bike, which he estimated was worth about $600.

In a text message to THV11’s Laura Monteverdi, Emery’s mother, Nicole, said that someone had anonymously donated a new bike to David through Recycle Bikes for Kids in addition to Spokes Bike shop.

Nicole Emery added that the new bike was a complete surprise for David and that “he loves his new bike.”

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Rock Town Bacon Throwdown to benefit UAMS patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The third annual Rock Town Bacon Throwdown is on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

Benefiting the UAMS Patient Support Fund, it lasts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Check out more about the event here.