Top 5 Good News Stories for the Week of October 23

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- Because Good News Matters,  every Friday we'll take a look back at our Top 5 Good News moments of the week.

5. Our first story in this week's Top 5 can be a sobering one. Marci Manley found out about Sobriety Courts in Arkansas. For those who do not already know, Sobriety Courts focus on rehabilitation of offenders rather than the incarceration of them. Through the program, offenders will be put through a year-long sobriety program, with built-in accountability.

If you would like to read more about this life changing program, click HERE.

4. This good news story is a knockout. We go to Springdale at the Straightright Boxing Gym. There we find not only boxing gloves, but the many hearts of courageous champions. It all started when the owner of Straightright was approached by Healthsouth Rehab, to use his gym for patients dealing with Parkinson's disease. Now the former boxer trains more than a dozen Parkinson's patients from across the region.

To learn more about these champions Knocking out Parkinson's click HERE. 


3. We stay in Northwest Arkansas and go down the road to Bentonville for our next story.  On Wednesday, history came to life for a group of junior high school students as they were visited by two individuals who were able to survive the Holocaust.  Erika Gold was 12 years old and living in Hungary when the Nazis invaded and Sol Factor was born right after the war ended and became one of the hundreds of Jewish orphans trying to leave Europe. Gold and Factor now travel across the U.S. sharing their stories to encourage people to stand up against injustice. 

To read more on this one-of-a-kind history lesson, click HERE.


2.  This story is very heartwarming for the Central Arkansas region. On Wednesday,a group of UAMS students are making sure the homeless community is warm this winter by making blankets. Now this isn't the first time the group has decided to do this. In 2016 they made 100 blankets  and had to turn away some people because they just didn't have enough.

You can find more on this story HERE. 

1. Our top Good news story for this week is straight gold...or 24 Karat Gold. Bruno Mars hit the stage at Verizon Arena Sunday night.  Among the screaming fans was 24-year-old Paula Clark, who calls herself Bruno Mars' biggest fan. Her wish came true when she got tickets for Christmas, but her dream is to meet him in person.  A dream her family fears may be her last, as she was born with severe heart defects. On Sunday her dreams came true when Paula was surprised with a meet-and-greet with Bruno Mars before the start of the concert, her wish becoming a reality.

For more on this Golden story click HERE. 

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