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7-year-old Bryant girl collects nightlights for foster kids to feel more at home

BRYANT, Ark. — A 7-year-old Bryant girl is proving to her community that you are never too young to change the world.

Amelia Lisowe has worked to change the lives of foster kids.

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“Sometimes if you moved homes, you don’t get to take everything with you. So I thought maybe if I get nightlights, it will help them,” Amelia explained.

Amelia is a member of the Bryant Boys & Girls Club, a place where she’s learning to build a great future.

So far, she’s collected more than 500 nightlights for foster kids in central Arkansas.

“At her age, she’s doing a lot of things that adults don’t even do,” said Lauren Lisowe, her mother.

Lauren said her daughter inspires her.

Amelia has raised her own money to purchase the nightlights.

She’s had book sales at school, set up lemonade stands, and hosted a cook- off; raising hundreds of dollars to go shopping.

“We just started taking stuff and putting it in our carts like zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom,” said Amelia.

While Amelia is making a difference in her community, she’s learning a lesson of her own.

“It teaches her to be grateful for what she has, but also when she’s out volunteering and seeing other people who live differently than she does, it helps her understand the world a little better,” said Lauren.  

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Amelia’s mission to serve foster kids won’t stop any time soon.

If you would like to donate to her nightlight cause, you can drop them off at the Bryant Boys & Girls Club located at Bishop Park.

Arkansas Department Of Health Lifts Boil Order In Mulberry

MULBERRY, Ark. (KFSM) — The Arkansas Department of Health has lifted a  boil order notice that was issued on Aug. 9th for Pleasant View Water customers in Mulberry after nearly two weeks.

Due to the possibility that contaminated water could have entered the distribution system because of a complete loss in normal system pressure, this order was issued as a precautionary measure.

On Monday, Aug 19th, bacteriological samples proved to be free of bacterial contamination and a satisfactory disinfectant level has been established throughout the system.

The water is now considered safe for human consumption.

State Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting After Rescue Of 9-Year-Old In Standoff

CLINTON, Ark. (KFSM) — Arkansas State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened after a 9-year-old boy was rescued from a hostage situation.

The incident took place at a residence off Arkansas 9 southwest of Clinton and just north of Formosa in Van Buren County, state police said.

According to state police, William Lloyd Jones, 49, barricaded himself inside 361 Hillpoint Road and held a 9-year-old child at gunpoint as officers arrived at the home to investigate a report of aggravated assault Wednesday afternoon. Officers then learned that Jones was wanted on a parole violation.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office contacted state police and requested negotiation assistance from their Crisis Response Team. The team communicated with Jones through the night, state police said.

Just after 2 a.m., members of the state police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team entered the home and rescued the child. They found Jones, who pointed a gun at the state troopers. A trooper fired on Jones, who died at the scene.

Jones’ body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the exact cause of death. Special agents with the Criminal Investigation Division will present their findings to the county prosecuting attorney to determine if any charges will be filed.

Per Arkansas State Police policy, the trooper who fired on Jones was put on paid administrative leave.

All Aboard a fun, delicious experience for kids and kids at heart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — At this Arkansas restaurant, you get your food delivered in a train that travels from the kitchen directly to your table!

1. All Aboard not only serves your food via a traveling train that runs throughout the whole restaurant, they have plenty of train toys all around the restaurant to keep the family highly entertained.

2. The train is so complex and interesting it actually took engineers to figure out how to make it all possible. Only one plate has ever not arrived perfectly to the table. It is impressive!

3. All Aboard’s menu has a little bit of everything but it keeps a focus on providing healthy options for kids. As childhood obesity rates rise, All Aboard wants to offer healthy solutions for families.

4. They also have options for people who no longer eat meat! They are one of the few Arkansas restaurants that serves the Beyond Burger. It’s plant based. No meat. No worries, they have plenty of “regular” burgers too for all the carnivores out there.

5. All Aboard is a great place for parties! They offer Whistle Stop or Choo Choo Train party packages that keep kids full and entertained!

Rob and Amanda Pro-tips:

Amanda: One of my favorite things I tried while there was the sweet chili choo choo shrimp basket! Yum!

Rob: I had a blast here as a parent so it’s a great place not only for kids but for parents too! Go around and take your kids to the multiple train toys in the restaurant. Ask for a train conductor hat for them too!

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