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Cabot man, Doritos Locos Tacos visionary dies at 41

(USA TODAY) - The visionary behind the billion-dollar Doritos Locos Tacos idea never made any money on it.

Instead, Todd Mills shrugged off any attention, simply wanting his "cool idea" to come true, said Mills' wife, Ginger.

Mills, 41, died on Thanksgiving after battling brain cancer at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. He's survived by daughters, Tyler, 19, and Lainey, 6.

When friends learned he had passed away, they took pictures of themselves eating the tacos and posted the images to Facebook, Ginger Mills said.

"It was a sweet memorial," she said.

Mills said her husband often made taco salads using Doritos and frequently said someone should make taco shells out of the cheesy snack.

Volunteer opportunities still available to help Salvation Army

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Salvation Army needs your help  filling in open spots to lend a hand this holiday season.

There are several unfilled volunteer opportunities open from this weekend all the way to Christmas:

1. ANGEL TREE: Volunteers are needed to cover the morning and mid-afternoon shifts (10AM-2PM and 2PM-6PM) at the McCain Mall Angel Tree Dec. 4 or Dec. 6th (2PM-6PM).

2. FILL THE TRUCK: Volunteers are needed in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Saline County with Fill the Truck. There is a big need for volunteers in Jacksonville, Cabot, Lonoke, or Searcy for this coming weekend, and all day Friday is open at almost all of the Little Rock locations.

THV 11's Stuff the Sleigh live in Cabot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's Tom Brannon was live this morning at the Walmart in Cabot for the kick off of 'Stuff the Sleigh.'

From now until 9:30 a.m. you can drop off toys for foster children in Arkansas. With your help, we can make sure every child has a Merry Christmas!

THV 11 News has already stopped by Bryant and now Cabot, but there are still opportunities to stop by! We will be in Sherwood on Wednesday, Conway on Thursday and Little Rock on Friday.

Stuff the Sleigh, Inc. is in its 11th year of providing Christmas presents for foster children across the state.

The event was created in 2002, when a need arose to help foster children experience the Merry Christmas that they deserve. To learn more about Stuff the Sleigh, click here.

Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give gift of life

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 2, 2013) - The holiday season is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts among family and friends. For many hospital patients, one gift on their wish list can't be found at stores: a blood donation.

Blood donations could be the gift of life to people like Lauren McCrary, who was immediately hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She received more than 140 blood and platelet transfusions. Now in remission, she serves as the blood drive coordinator at the high school where she works.

"I can never repay the donors who helped save my life, but I can remind others that giving blood is truly the gift that means something," Lauren said. "The blood I received has helped me celebrate more holiday seasons with my family."

Cyber Monday coming up; bargains could last throughout week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Although Arkansans are gearing up for another work week, it doesn't mean the shopping won't continue. Cyber Monday kicks off in a day and is expected to rake in millions.

The national retail federation said that 8 in 10 retailers will offer special Cyber Monday deals. Blogger Laura Harders said Cyber Monday will have some pretty great deals, but they won't be limited to this week.

"Around December 15th, a lot of discounts on jewelry, handbags, other apparel items," listed Harders, of the Beltway Bargain Mom Blog. "They're trying to clear their inventory, and they know us as consumers are looking to buy all of those holiday gifts."

Those deals are projected to occur around the same time as annual free shipping day, which is on Dec.18.

High School Playoffs: November 29, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (KTHV) - The Cabot Panthers defeated the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats to advance to the 7A State Championship. THV 11's Mark Edwards gives a rundown of the playoff action around the state. 

6 arrested in burglary investigation

6 arrested in burglary investigation

LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Six people have been arrested following a burglary investigation out of Lonoke County.

The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office reported that Garland Williams, 33; Shanna Jo Beck, 33; Sadie Raine, 38; James Williams, 36; Stephen Martin, 35; and Tracey Martin, 43, were all arrested Nov. 27 around 11 a.m. for a number of offenses after deputies were advised of a residential burglary on Kerr Road.

Lt. Jim Kulesa said investigators were able to find out that a male and female had broken into the home, but once they found out someone was inside the residence, they fled. Their vehicle was later found abandoned on Bowen Road near a residence.

At the home, Martin, who was found trying to hide in a water heater closet, was arrested along with Raine for outstanding arrest warrants which included an arrest warrant from the Board of Parole. Martin also received an additional criminal charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.