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Pulaski Co. School District announces new CFO

Little Rock, AR - The Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) announced today that it has hired William (Bill) Goff as its chief financial officer. Goff will replace outgoing CFO Anita Farver, whose last day with the district is September 30, 2011.

Goff, a certified public accountant, has been the assistant commissioner of fiscal and administrative services for the Arkansas Department of Education since July, 2008. In his role there he was responsible for administering the budget, finance and facilities functions of the agency, as well as fiscal monitoring and support for the state's school districts.

Weekend weather forecast

Friday marks the first day of Autumn with cool crisp fall readings expected in the state today with sunny skies.  The weekend looks mainly dry with sunshine both Saturday and Sunday. However and upper-level disturbance will bring a rain chance by late in the weekend.

Friday: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High 77. Wind NE 5-10mph.

Kindle eReaders now compatible with CALS downloadable library

Kindle eReaders now compatible with CALS downloadable library

Patrons of the Central Arkansas Library System who own Kindle eReaders or have the free Kindle app on another device now have access to more than 2,600 titles in CALS's Downloadable Library. Most e-books already in the library's collection are now compatible with Kindle.

 

"Patrons have been asking about Kindle-compatibility since the Downloadable Library went live in 2009. We're happy that Kindle owners can now take advantage of this service as well," said Carol Coffey, Head of Library Services Development. The Downloadable Library continues to grow in popularity. Circulation of downloadable books in August 2011 was up 345% over the same month last year.

A Place to Call Home: Chris, Billy, Adrianna, and Bentley

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- We continue our partnership with the Department of Human Services this week, profiling some of the hundreds of children in state foster care.

Adoption specialists will tell you, placing a group of siblings in one forever home is a tough task. But they are working hard to find a family for one set of youngsters.

Chris, 9, 7-year-old Billy, 4-year-old Adrianna, and 2-year old Bentley have been in state foster care for about a year.  Right now, they are in two separate foster homes, and adoption workers are hoping one family will adopt them all.

For the older children, the situation has been heartbreaking. 

"You don't have nobody to watch over you or anybody to help you or anything like that," says Chris.

Much of their lives, Chris and Billy have watched over their younger siblings.

No waiting list for Habitat homes in Pulaski Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- For the first time in over twenty years and 100 homes, Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County does not have a waiting list. In fact, houses scheduled for construction don't have owners and are up for purchase.

The nonprofit is well-known for providing affordable housing. However, with the present economic climate, Habitat has had to toughen up its qualifying requirements for its homebuyer's program.
Required income levels are higher, credit expectations are stricter and debt-to-income ratios are lower.

"We want to make sure that we are selecting people who will be successful long term," said Kelley Melhorn, Habitat's chief operating officer. "We are looking for families who have learned to live on budget and live within their means."

CALS participates in Hunger Action Month

CALS participates in Hunger Action Month

One in four children in Arkansas goes to bed hungry each day.

Celebrating Banned Books Week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Can anyone challenge the placement of a book in a library or school?

While Arkansas has no banned books, it certainly fields some challenges to certain literature.

Assistant Director for Public Relations at the Central Arkansas Library System Susan Hill Gelé discusses the topic in detail.

"Challenged books are different from banned books," Gelé said, "Overwhelmingly there are more books that are challenged than are banned."

The Central Arkansas Library System will celebrate Banned Books Week beginning Saturday, September 24th, and while there haven't been any books banned from CALS, a number of them have been challenged.
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The teen vampire novel series, "Twilight" is on the list in on the list compiled by the American Library Assocation, but the most challenged books in recent times is the Harry Potter series.