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Conway asks for input on proposed community center


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – On Tuesday, the city of Conway is holding a public meeting seeking advice on whether to buy and convert an old building into a community center.

The old Spirit Homes complex on McNutt Road would feature tennis courts, an indoor pool and more.

Citizens are encouraged to come and voice their opinions and concerns and to ask questions. The meeting starts at 6:30 in the McGee center.

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Faulkner County residents happy to hear of recent drug arrests


FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Two drug raids in Faulkner County last week ended in nearly a dozen arrests.

Neighbors in the Oakwood Village Mobile Home Park, where eight people were arrested in one trailer, told THV11 that they're relieved to have the alleged drug dealers off the block.

One of the neighbors even stated that he wouldn't let his grandchildren visit him because of all the drug activity next door.

"We've got kids that live out here, they don't need to see this kind of stuff."

Clyde Westcott was playing poker with a friend on Friday when the trailer next door got swarmed by authorities.

"We didn't know what happened, we heard three rounds go off 'boom, boom, boom'…it scared me to death, I thought a drug deal had went bad and there was a bunch of drug dealers shooting it out. I mean it's scary, it's a scary feeling," said Westcott.

11 arrests made in Conway for narcotics


COWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office served two narcotic search warrants and arrested 11 people on Friday.

Eight of the arrests were made off 475 East Robins. The following three were taken into custody at the Washington Meadows Apartment Complex.

Those arrested include Sammie Thomas Jr., Melissa Roemer, Clouide Black, George McClain III, Antoine Canady, Kimberly Roberts, Nina Dillard, Chris Easterwood, David Wamon Waters, Rodney Lynn Credit and Elizabeth Ann Gault. Charges range from a simple misdemeanor to felony possession of drugs and firearms.

This investigation was done by the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office along with the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Conway Police Department's S.W.A.T.


Conway considering a new community complex


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A new community center could be coming to the city of Conway. Just off of McNutt Road, the old Spirit Homes manufacturing facility has sat vacant for the last 15 years. Now, the mayor has proposed a massive renovation at the site.

"It's not an ideal industrial spot but it's a great spot for a major community center," said Tab Townsell, Mayor of Conway.

The city is the largest in the state without a public pool. And at 221,000 square feet, the McNutt Road location seems like realistic location for indoor tennis courts, an Olympic-sized pool and the ice rink that Townsell has in mind.

"What we can do with this facility, just even on the inside, is limited by the cash flow of our revenue and our imaginations."

"I'm glad to see space used," said Ella Reese, a Conway resident. "I think it's better than having unused space in our city."

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Arkansas Business: Unprecedented development in Conway


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Conway is in the middle of what it describes as an "historic" period of commercial construction.

Watch the video to hear Lance Turner with Arkansas Business tell us more.


Conway traffic circle causing accidents


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – Neighbors next to the intersection of Irby Drive and Poteete Drive in Conway say a traffic circle used to slow down traffic is actually causing more problems than it's solving.

In just the last month and a half, three cars have crashed into neighbors' lawns, the most recent one happening Saturday night. Seven have happened at the intersection since 2010.

"The cars [that launch themselves] usually [make] a two-thump [noise], and a single thump is usually someone that's run into something," said Tom Speck, whose cement mailbox was run over Saturday. "My neighbors have had [drivers] all land in their lawns so I guess it was my turn."

Speck was the latest victim. His neighbor across the street, Joe Pittman had a wreck in his yard in mid-February after a car launched off the round-a-bout, nose-diving into his lawn and landing on its side, sending one girl to the hospital.

Homeowner: Risky roundabout needs fix


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Call them roundabouts or traffic circles, they purpose is to slow down traffic and make roads safer.

But for one homeowner in Conway, he says a new roundabout near his house has done the opposite.

Thomas Speck reached out to THV11 to say that on Saturday a car flew through the intersection of Poteete and Irby. He said they hit the roundabout and flew into his front yard, smashing his brick mailbox. He is able to count a handful of wrecks in just the past six months, and he wants Conway to do something about it.

"They don't stop at the stop sign. I mean if I sit out in my front yard you can watch people go right on through," said homeowner Thomas Speck. "Sometimes they see me looking and they stop, but most of the time they look and keep on going."