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    Brighter Side: Good news in Arkansas

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Too often we report the negative news, but great things are happening in your community each day.

    Here's a look at a few stories that are on The Brighter Side...

    After the holiday season, some might think the Salvation Army takes a break. No more bell ringing, no more Christmas kettles; just waiting until the end of the year to help those in need again.

    But nothing could be further from the truth.

    Everyday the Salvation Army is there to provide thirteen-hundred people with food, clothing and emergency assistance. 

    That's why their Annual Fund Drive Campaign is so important You can assist the Salvation Army in helping more than 1,000 people in the next 30 days by donating. Learn more by clicking here or calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

    The Salvation Army is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

    And another organization making a difference is the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. They have pledged to contribute two-million dollars toward an oral health clinic at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

    The clinic is part of UAMS' Center for Dental Education, which is working toward accreditation for a postgraduate residency program in advanced general dentistry and oral surgery. The clinic opened earlier this month in Little Rock.

    UAMS says there are now five treatment rooms open with plans to expand that to 18 by 2014.

    Once the expansion is complete, the clinic will be named the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Clinic.

    UAMS says the clinic will provide dental care to Arkansans while also giving dental residents the opportunity to gain clinical experience.

    And in other good news, more than 300 guests from central Arkansas and as far away as Texas and Louisiana traveled to DeGray Lake Resort State Park this past weekend to celebrate the state's native birds of prey--bald eagles.

    Excited guests were not deterred by the chilly, overcast weather, and 14 eagle watch boat tours departed from the lodge to search for the majestic birds in the wild. Anyone who did not manage to see a wild bald eagle had three opportunities to see Lynn, a live bald eagle from the Little Rock Zoo. The zoo also brought nine other birds as ambassadors for their wild counterparts, helping guests to understand the importance of birds of prey to a healthy ecosystem.

    Eagle tours at Lake DeGray will continue through February.  For further information about tours and activities contact the visitor center at (501) 865-5810 or visit them online at www.degray.com.

    And if you're a bird watcher, please upload your pictures. We might just show them during our noon newscast. 

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