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India Independence Celebration Planned

India Independence Celebration Planned

The Friends of India are planning to celebrate the 64th anniversary of the independence of India in a parade planned for Saturday.

The parade will be at the Henderson Convention Center along Water Street from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A dinner and community program will follow the parade for members of the organization. Friends of India started in 1985 by Indians wanting to keep a connection to their home country and culture. It has grown as the Indian population has grown in southern Nevada.

This is the first parade the group has ever held. Traditional jhanki or floats will be part of the parade and so far 40 different floats are expected. The 15th of August is the actual day of independence but the group chose August 20 to celebrate it.

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Henderson Police Team with New Technology to Reduce Crime

Henderson Police Team with New Technology to Reduce Crime

Henderson Police Department is teaming up with a new website to help keep a better eye on crime.

The site is called AlertID.com. It offers almost instant communication between the community and police departments. When users sign up they can tell police about what is going on in their neighborhood and police can let them know incidents officers are working. The tool also allows neighbors to talk to each other about safety issues.

AlertID also lets you sign up for email and text alerts to let people know about emergency situations like a missing child or a national threat.

ATF Investigates Gun Store Theft

HENDERSON, Nev. - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating the theft of 22 firearms from a Henderson gun store.

The theft took place early Saturday morning at the Lock N' Load gun store on Eastern Avenue near Serene Avenue.

An ATF representative says the investigation is ongoing. Henderson Police are also working with the ATF on that investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the ATF at 347-5910.

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering special extended hours and even opening on two Saturdays to accommodate families who need to get their children vaccinated in time for school. 

Starting Monday through August 26 the Ravenholt Public Health Center on Shadow Lane will be open until 6 p.m. for vaccinations. The extended hours are just for immunizations no other health district business will be provided after 4:30 p.m.  The health district will also offer vaccination-only clinic hours on Saturday, August 20 and Saturday, August 27., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At the East Las Vegas Public Health Clinic on Nellis Boulevard and the Henderson Public Health Center on Lake Mead Parkway will be open for school vaccinations-only on Friday, August 26. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Henderson Libraries to Receive Major Donation

Henderson Libraries to Receive Major Donation

A large donation from a charity organization could help offset budget troubles for Henderson Libraries.

On Thursday, the nonprofit organization Friends of Henderson Libraries will present Henderson Libraries with a check for $100,000 at the district’s 7:45 a.m. monthly board meeting at Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, just off I-215.

The donation – the largest single donation yet from the Friends – represents 15 percent of the district’s total library materials budget and is a 17.6 percent increase over last year’s donation of $85,000.

Rollover Accident on Freeway in Henderson

Rollover Accident on Freeway in Henderson

8 News NOW viewer Mark Hatfield sent in this picture of a three-car accident that happened Thursday afternoon on US 95 northbound near Boulder Highway. According to Hatfield, the driver of the flipped car walked away from the accident.

Viewers are always encouraged to send in their pictures and accounts of news as it happens.

Citizens' Academy Peeks Behind the Shield

Citizens' Academy Peeks Behind the Shield

If you want a taste of what it’s like to be a police officer, the Henderson Police Department will give you a chance.

The department is now accepting applications for the upcoming Citizens’ Academy. The 13-week academy meets each Tuesday evening to give citizens with a unique insight into the life and training of a Henderson Police officer.

The goal of the Citizens’ Academy is to build a bridge between the citizens and the police department which serves them. During the program, citizens experience a condensed version of the actual police academy. The Citizens’ Academy meets each Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Sept. 6 to Nov. 29.