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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/.

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.

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

Pinnacle Mountain car break-ins down significantly

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)—Car break ins at Pinnacle Mountain are down significantly from a year ago.

In 2013 the state park saw fourteen break-ins, but this year there have only been two.

"It just happens in the blink of an eye," says park ranger Will Ward who has been with the park for almost a year. "We had people on the playground will this last break-in and nobody can see it or hear it."

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Officials say Pinnacle Mountain can be a hot spot for thieves because they know that when you're hundreds of feet up the side of a mountain it can be a little difficult to tend to your car that's in the parking lot.

National Guard training exercises scheduled on Pinnacle Mountain

National Guard training exercises scheduled on Pinnacle Mountain

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(ANG) –The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a training exercise near the summit of 1,011-foot Pinnacle Mountain at Pinnacle Mountain State Park this Saturday, April 5, from approximately 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Black Hawk helicopter team will practice hoists and airlifts from the boulder field near the top of Pinnacle Mountain. The hoist site will be about 200 feet off the park’s West Summit Trail. Neither the West Summit Trail nor the East Summit Trail that lead hikers to mountain’s summit will be closed to the public during this exercise.

However, soldiers will be stationed on both trails to inform hikers of the exercise and communicate any necessary safety precautions. Two local fire departments will be staged in the park's West Summit Picnic Area to support the training exercise and share information about their operations with park visitors. For details, contact the park at: 501-868-5806. 

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

LINKS: THV11 forecasting, radars and more

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Public invited to Jump Start 12th Street Community Visioning workshop

Public invited to Jump Start 12th Street Community Visioning workshop

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LR) – 12th Street area residents are invited to make their voices heard at the next Jump Start 12th Street visioning workshop, Monday, March 31. Residents who are invested in the outcome of this neighborhood in the next five, ten or twenty years should attend this Jump Start visioning workshop.

The City of Little Rock recently received a $200,000 grant from Imagine Central Arkansas Partners (ICAP) to help continue revitalization on 12th Street. In October, ICAP selected five neighborhoods to receive planning assistance to focus on implementing a vision for their communities. Each site was awarded federally funded individual consultant-led planning assistance to build specific development concept plans that include market analyses, form-based development codes, guidance on infrastructure investments, feasibility analysis and implementation process.