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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...

    Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park will host 'Christmas on the Bayou' this Saturday, December 15, beginning with archery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will be on-hand from 1 to 3 p.m.

    Children will have the opportunity to enjoy free educational material, candy and a photo with Santa. They can also burn off extra holiday calories by walking along Santa's favorite nature trail. Participants will also have the opportunity to register to win a boat.

    The program is sponsored by Alweld Boats of Lonsdale and Cycle & Marine Supercenter of Pine Bluff.

    And last week folks were "Freezin' for a Reason" at the annual Polar Bear Plunge, sponsored by the North Little Rock Police Department. 
     
    Thousand of dollars were raised at the event for Special Olympics Arkansas, and one teen went above and beyond to make a difference.

    Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen, Laura Leigh Turner, organized a group of 20 students from the North Little Rock School District and raised 1,300 for Special Olympics, earning the first ever Cool School trophy.

    Laura Leigh isn't quite finished yet though. She's planning on raising even more money next year.

    And finally, it's time to get outside with the 4-legged fur ball in your life.

    You and your dog are invited to Yappy Hour at the Jacksonville Dog Park in Dupree Park. Your pup will love making friends, and you'll love having a safe place for them to run wild.

    Yappy Hour is the first Sunday of each month from 2-4 p.m. at 1700 Redmond Road.

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