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Holiday Hero Central: Stuff the Sleigh Community Dates

Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. was created in 2002, when a need arose to help foster children experience the merry Christmas that they deserve. Many of these children, through no fault of their own, were unable to be at home with their family during the holidays, and were suffering in an unnecessary way by missing the childlike joy that comes with opening presents with a new, special toy meant just for them! Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. was created to bring back the magic of Christmas to these foster children and show them that people do care!

The first full week of December (6th through 10th), Today's THV This Morning and Alice 107.7 are joining the drive to collect toys for Stuff the Sleigh. Stuff the Sleigh needs new toys that haven't been gift-wrapped for boys and girls in Central Arkansas. The toys can be for any age, and any price range.

USGS records 53 quakes in one week in Faulkner County

 

The Log Cabin Democrat newspaper at Conway reported Thursday that the earthquakes, all of them small, were recorded as occurring in the vicinity of Guy in the northern part of the county from Dec. 3 through Wednesday, with 25 quakes recorded on Sunday.

The largest of the quakes had a magnitude of 2.6. Researchers say quakes of 2.5 to 3.0 magnitude are typically the smallest felt by humans.

There were no reports of injuries or structural damage.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

UCA police searching for two robbery suspects

"I was laying down right here on my bed playing my XBOX, and he put the shotgun to my head and told me not to move," says robbery victim Dontay Cole.

Those words come less than 24 hours after Cole says two armed men entered his Stadium Park apartment late Tuesday. Other students quickly got word.

"I got a text message from UCA that said there had just been an armed robbery at Stadium Park Apartments," says UCA graduate student Tara Reckert.

The student notification was similar to the notifications sent out during the 2008 campus shooting. Tuesday night's robbery, though, was a swift reminder to students.

"I need to be more careful and more aware of my surroundings," says graduate student Jessica Mathis.

Cole says he has no idea what the robbers wanted.

"I told him I don't know what you mean what are you talking about," says Cole.

Bikers making Toy Run for pediatrics patients at Conway Regional

Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Landers Toad Suck Harley-Davidson, 1110 Collier Drive, the morning of the event on Saturday, Dec. 18, and the procession will leave the business at noon.

The Toy Run will begin at 11:30 am at Toad Suck Harley Davidson which is located off Oak Street, and is expected to enter the hospital campus where Santa and the bikers will bring toys to children in the East Lobby of the hospital. This year's run will celebrate and recognize the contributions of the "First Five," a group of individuals who helped start the Toy Run 10 years ago. The First Five are Vicki and Ross Scalise, Mike and Roxanne Ford and Steve "Painter" Polk.

After the run, the bikers will return to the Harley Davidson dealership for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the run. Clover Blue, the winner of this year's Arkansas blues competition, will perform at the dealership from 1 to 3 pm.

Hero Central: Salvation Army in need of angels

There are thousands of excited kids counting down the days until Santa arrives, but hundreds of them are listed on Angels Trees and there is only one week left to buy them a gift. The Salvation Army is worried about what the count down will be like for those children, so we're calling all heroes in Hero Central.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at a highly secure warehouse where Salvation Army volunteers are stuffing boxes with toys and clothing, but if you look closely most boxes are empty.

Major April Taylor says "We don't open this up to just anyone. We want the community to know we are careful about their resources and that those who are receiving truly are in need."

UCA Event to Celebrate Kwanzaa

CONWAY -- The University of Central Arkansas's Office of Minority Student Services is hosting a program to celebrate Kwanzaa. The event begins at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Student Center Ballroom on the UCA campus.

Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called "The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa" or Nguzo Saba, which focuses onbuilding and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world. Kwanzaa is observed Dec. 26 - Jan. 1.

For more information, contact Angela Jackson, interim director of the Office of Minority Student Services at angelaj@uca.edu or (501) 450-3135.

(Source: University of Central Arkansas)

State holiday performances scheduled for Dec. 6-Dec. 17

 

More than 145 school choirs and dance troupes will fill the Capitol's marble halls with seasonal sounds for the next two weeks.

A traditional part of the Capitol's annual holiday festivities, choral and dance performances are taking place in the second floor rotunda December 6 through 17 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The most current schedule of performances, as well as group photos, can be found on Secretary of State's website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/holidays2010

The Capitol building will hold special holiday hours through New Year's Day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends to allow visitors extra time to take in the sights and sounds of the season.

Scheduled performances are as follows: