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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...

    Celebrating Valentine's Day in style, Everett Buick GMC donated $50,000 to the Saline Memorial Health Foundation, which supports the mission of Saline Memorial Hospital.

    The check was presented Thursday in recognition of American Heart Month.

    "We want to invest in the future, in healthcare that's close by," says owner Susie Everett. "So we can get the best for us when were in the hospital, and we can get the best for our grandchildren.

    Saline Memorial Hospital is a non-profit, community hospital that is sustained through revenue from operations, grants and donations made through the Foundation. Over the past few years, the Saline Memorial Health Foundation has helped purchase life-saving medications for indigent patients, enhanced technology for the cardiovascular program and started a $1.25 million room renovation campaign.

    And the National cheer champions are back home in Arkansas! The Benton Cheer team celebrated on Thursday with friends and family at the new sports complex in Benton.

    The team took first prize at the national competition last week in Orlando Florida. Senior captain Brittany Crawford says the team is thankful for the community support.

    "Our coach always tells us to be supportive of other teams and be excited for them when they succeed and it's just an anazing feeling to have that in return," she says.

    This isn't the first time Benton Cheer has been nationally recognized. In the past few years they've been 6th and 2nd in the country.

    And in other good news, the University of Central Arkansas is hosting 'Bear Facts Days' for prospective students tomorrow, February 16 and Saturday, March 9, 2013 beginning with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

    Bear Facts Days provides an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the UCA campus; meet UCA professors and current students; attend information sessions on financial aid and scholarships; and visit residence halls.

    The February and March sessions are the fifth and sixth Bear Facts Days for this academic year.

    Students and their families need to register in advance to attend and may do so online at http://uca.edu/admissions/bear-facts-day.

    "From the time they step foot on campus, staff and faculty are standing outside Reynolds Hall shaking everybody's hand," said Ron Patterson, director of undergraduate admission. "It's an exciting time for UCA and prospective students from across Arkansas and surrounding states because we can share with them the experience of being a UCA bear."

    The day includes the Bear Fair, which is an open event set the Student Center with information tables. Visitors have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with staff, faculty, and student representatives from academic units, student services, and student organizations.

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