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Support stays strong for 12-year-old meningitis victim

LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - Support and prayers are only getting stronger right now for a 12-year-old Benton girl who was struck with a rare form of meningitis after a recent swimming outing.

THV 11 followed up on Monday to speak with Kali Hardig's mother and best friend,12-year-old Tristin Williams. His is a voice we haven't heard yet and one that is still coming to grips with this tragedy.

Tax-free weekend for back-to-school supplies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For back to school shopping, Arkansas will have a tax-free weekend coming up for those looking for school supplies and clothing.

Linda Hinton, general manager of the Promenade at Chenal, said the tax-free shopping is only for Saturday and Sunday. It will start Aug. 3 at 12:01 a.m. and last until Aug. 4 at 11:50 p.m.

"Everybody who comes out and shops at the store for teachers and students clothing and what not will receive zero taxes for the weekend, which is great," she said.

State and local sales tax will not be collected during the 48-hour period on clothing and footwear for less than $100 per item, clothing accessories at less than $50 per item, school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials.

Gleaning project exceeds one million mark

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Ark. Foodbank) -Michelle Shope, Director of Food Sourcing and Logistics for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance announced today that the Arkansas Gleaning Project has exceeded one million pounds of produce -tomatoes, canteloupe, corn, watermelon and more - from fields across the state. On Monday, July 29th, we hope you will join us at noon at the Arkansas Foodbank to welcome the truck load of watermelons that will put us over the mark.

With the arrival of a semi-truck load from State Rep. Jeff Wardlaw of Wardlaw Farms, the Arkansas Gleaning Project will cross the million pound mark two weeks ahead of last year. Since the program began in 2008 more than 4 million pounds of food has made its way from the fields to the tables of food insecure Arkansans through our member food banks and pantries.

LRPD looking for robbery suspects; considered armed, dangerous

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Police Department is on the hunt for two suspects who are believed to be armed and dangerous; they said the two were involved in three separate robberies.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis said the three robberies happened July 27 at a Mapco on 5420 West 12th St., a Mapco on 2715 West 65th St., and the LaQuinta Inn on 11701 I-30.

Davis described the first suspect as a black male with a medium complexion, standing anywhere from 5 feet, 3 inches to 5 feet, 5 inches and weighing around 125 to 130 pounds. He is believed to be around 18 to 22 years of age and was last seen wearing a black, hooded jacket; a white cloth covering the lower part of his face; and was armed with a black, semi-automatic handgun.

Little Rock Marathon registration opens this week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Little Rock Marathon) - Little Rock Marathon race officials announced Monday that registration will open at 10 a.m. CST on August 1 for its 2014 event to be held March 1-2, 2014. The Little Rock Marathon is presented by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and benefits Little Rock Parks & Recreation.

Race Weekend events include the 12th Annual Little Rock Marathon, the Little Rock Half Marathon, the Little Rock 10K, the Little Rock 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Little Rockers Kids Marathon and the Little Rock Health & Fitness Expo.

Registration for the Little Rockers Kids Marathon will open September 1.

St. Mark Baptist Church helping you get ready for school

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- If you're kids still need their back to school or sport physicals, you can get it for free.

It's the 2013 Back to School Health Fair at St. Mark Baptist Church and Pastor Glenn Hersey was here on "THV 11 This Morning Monday to share details.

The 2013 Back to School Health Fair will be August 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While there you can get:

  • Free physicals for children ages 4 to college
  • Free visual and dental screenings
  • Free immunizations
  • Free backpacks and school supplies (while supplies last)

Register at the St. Mark Family Life Center beginning at 8 a.m. August 3. They are located at 5722 W. 12th Street. Call 663-3955 for more details.

You can donate school supplies at Walgreens located at 5525 W. 12th Street in Little Rock.

Goodwill, Promenade teaming up for Back to School Bash

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 27, 2013) -- Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday August 3 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday August 4, Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday, allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.   

The Promenade at Chenal is celebrating the tax free holiday with their Back-To-School Bash starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 3.

Shoppers are encouraged to donate gently used school clothes and gear at the Goodwill drop-off located in The Promenade Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.