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Tell Us About Your 'My Town Hero'!

Tell Us About Your 'My Town Hero'!

Do you know someone in your community who goes above and beyond? Maybe they’re always helping people, or greets everyone with a smile. Perhaps they’ve beat unthinkable odds or have accomplished something exceptional.

We want to highlight them. To have your My Town Hero featured, email the following information to web@thv11.com:

  • Their name,
  • Their hometown,
  • Their contact information,
  • A photo of them, and
  • What makes them extra special

Include “My Town Hero” in the email subject line, and we’ll take care of publishing it for you. Their story might even be told on air by THV11's Denise Middleton.

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

October 29: Live Entertainment!
Joint Venture Improv Comedy Group at The Joint

October 29: Ristorante Capeo weekly dinners inlcude Chicken Cacciatore plus the Chicken and Mushroom Risotto of the Week.

October 30: Live Entertainment!
Singer/Songwriter Heather Smith Patio Show at Crush Wine Bar
Pow Wow Launch Party at The Joint

My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community

My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Along the 12th Street corridor in Little Rock, seeds of change are being planted as neighbors work to revitalize their community.

"It creates a kind of community bond when people are able to work together, work the land together," said Tauheed Salaam with the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood.

Salaam started this community garden almost a year ago, teaming up with non-profit groups to open this Young Adult Opportunity Center. Both have been breathing new life into the community ever since.

My Town Hero: Program helping children become better readers

My Town Hero: Program helping children become better readers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – One man in Little Rock has started a program designed to help children become better readers. Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock started the MLK Reads program a year ago with the help of Minister Chris Ellis.

"We looked around and felt that third grade reading levels were connected to drop out rates, poverty rates, and incarceration,” explained Ellis. "We didn't want to just put a Band-aid on something. We wanted to get to the root causes."

According to a recent report published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 16 percent of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time. That number rose to 35 percent for children who were also poor, putting them at a major disadvantage when it comes to their education.

My Town Hero: Batesville mom provides kids with second chance at childhood

My Town Hero: Batesville mom provides kids with second chance at childhood

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - In Batesville, one woman has dedicated her life to helping children believe in themselves and lead fulfilling lives.

"When I first moved in I was scared to death,” said Jamey Vanlandingham, who first set foot on Cheyenne Ingram’s porch 7 years ago. "My parents at the time were not stable enough, and DHS stepped in. I'd gone from one place to the next.”

But this time was different.

"You walk in the door, and you immediately get a feeling like ‘I'm at home,’" Vanlandingham described, saying that Ingram welcomed him with open arms when he came to the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranch in Batesville. "It wasn't like ‘Well what did you do? Why are you here?’ It was more of a ‘Well, you're one of mine now. Let’s be a family.’"

For Jamey, the ranch provided a second chance at childhood, but he wasn't alone. Cheyenne was raising several other young boys just like him who'd been abused or neglected.

My Town Hero: The Motivator

My Town Hero: The Motivator

JACKSONVILLE Ark. (KTHV) - Every now and then, we find ourselves stuck in a rut. One man in the city of Jacksonville has made it his duty to inspire just about everyone he encounters. It's one of many reasons he was nominated for My Town Hero.

When James Bolden is on the move, he's bound to light someone on fire with enthusiasm.

"He makes people feel motivated by his demeanor, his behavior, personality everything about him," said Jill Ross, Jacksonville human resource director. Internationally, he's known as The Motivator, but Ross also knows him as a city alderman. When employee morale was down, she knew exactly who to turn to. "He spent 15 hours of his own time training 300 city employees.”

She said Alderman Bolden spent an hour teaching them how to handle stress and stay motivated during tough economic times.

My Town Hero nomination: Maria Harris

My Town Hero nomination: Maria Harris

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Patricia Downes has entered a My Town Hero nomination for her late mother, Maria Harris.

Downes said her mother immigrated to the US from Dusseldorf, Germany, after surviving World War II. She married Downes’ father, who happened to be an American soldier; she met him while working on the American Military Base in the Base Exchange.

Because of her father’s profession as a soldier, Downes’ mother was left to care for her children in foreign country on her own on several occasions and for lengthy periods of time.

“We never had a lot of money, but she made sure we were well fed and clothed,” said Downes. “She struggled with health issues, but you never knew how much pain she was in. I hope that I can age as gracefully as she did.”

Oncethe family moved to the Ozarks, Harris apparently fell in love because they reminded her of her home that she had to leave behind.

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