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Conway gyms targeted for car break-ins

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Thieves have recently been targeting three different gyms in Conway, stealing purses and wallets while you're doing your early-morning workout.

Your local gym may be the last spot you would think to get robbed, but just in the last week it has been a hot spot for thieves in Conway.

LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department said the break-ins have been happening during the early morning hours. 

“They are going to the gym, going inside and coming back out to find someone has broken into their cars,” said Woodruff. 

One of those Conway gyms targeted was 10 Fitness. They have had six cars broken into. Zach Watkins, 10 Fitness sales associate, said he noticed something was wrong when he came into work one morning.

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Valentine Gala and Auction success for Conway's Homeless Shelter

Valentine Gala and Auction success for Conway's Homeless Shelter

CONWAY, Ark. - The recent Valentine Gala and Auction benefiting the Bethlehem House in Conway yielded more than $32,000.

The event, held at oneChurch, was a sell-out for the fourth year in a row. Tyler Sellers of Preston Palmer Studios provided entertainment. The meal was provided by Pasta Grill, Stoby’s and PattiCakes.

Funds came from table sponsorships and the sale of items donated by individuals and local businesses. For the second year, a jewelry hunt sponsored by Dayer Jewelers added $2,500 to the fundraiser’s earnings. 

Commission stops Faulkner County sheriff's election rumors

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The Faulkner County Election Commission has squashed rumors around a sheriff's candidate in the March 1 primary election.

Commission chair Paul Foster says Republican Joe Taylor filed a complaint against his rival for sheriff, Republican Tim Ryals, to confirm whether the Conway address Ryals listed on his candidate information sheet when he filed to run is actually where the candidate lives.

The Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/1Rw5EGc) reports that County Attorney David Hogue investigated the complaint and found that Ryals lives in Faulkner County and is eligible to run.

UCA begins presidential search process

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees took the first step to begin the presidential search process at their regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, Feb. 12.

As outlined in Board Policy 202, a Search Advisory Committee will be created and will serve as an aid to the Board of Trustees in its endeavor to appoint a president for the University of Central Arkansas.

Board chair Shelia Vaught appointed Bobby Reynolds as chair of the Search Advisory Committee and Kelley Erstine as campus liaison to the Search Advisory Committee.

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Home school athletics on the rise

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Home school athletics are becoming a more popular choice, and here in Arkansas, a new law is making it even more appealing.

Senate Bill 331 became a law in March of 2015. It allows home school teams to compete with public school teams in major sports like basketball. At the McGee Center in Conway, you can sometimes find those home school teams facing each other out on the court. 

One of those players on the Falcon home school basketball team is Aaron Griffin. He’s a senior and is dedicated to playing basketball.

"We are all like one big family on the home school teams, we are all great people. We get competitive, but at the end, we are all friends. So it's kind of like your own little world,” he said.

Cogdell case could move to juvenile court

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway teen who was accused of killing his grandparents could be tried as a juvenile. 

Defense attorneys for 15-year-old Justin Staton want the case to be moved to juvenile court.  Prosecutors have charged Staton as an adult in the shooting deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell.

Staton is scheduled to stand trial in May.

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UCA hosts award winning pop music critic & author

UCA hosts award winning pop music critic & author

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas will host a book reading for Rashod Ollison, an award-winning pop music critic and culture journalist, on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in the College of Business auditorium.