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Conway shuts down business for more snow days

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Many cities and towns were empty on Thursday as most Arkansans stayed at home.

Yet again, another snow day where all schools and most businesses were closed.

"I'm from Illinois originally and in Illinois, you get used to it quick and are equipped to handle it quickly and here everything pretty much just shuts down," said Larry Kincade, a business owner.

While a lot of this will melt, refreezing or resolidifying of the iciness will continue for Friday morning.

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Foundation for fallen Conway officer holding fundraiser Friday

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A foundation named in honor of a fallen Conway police officer is set for this Friday.

The event that features a fish fry will be held at Back Achers Ranch on 3725 College Avenue in Conway from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be dinner, live music, and a silent auction.

The tickets are $14.74 for adults and $4.74 for kids under 12. Proceeds are said to be used for officers to travel to the National Law Enforcement Memorial during National Police Week in Washington D.C.

Officer William McGary died from injuries he sustained while working an accident in 2013. He was directing traffic when a reported impaired driver struck him.

Barry Strickland, 31, was arrested. In November of 2014, Strickland was found dead. In February of this year, it was reported that he died of pneumonia resulting from mixed drug intoxication.

Snow hurting some businesses, helping others

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - This winter weather has meant a boost for some businesses, but not everyone is celebrating old man winter.

The weather has helped some businesses rake in money, while also hurting other businesses.

"A lot of people don't have rides."

For taxi driver Rick Lawson, snow and ice have actually helped to put money in his pocket.

"Some people are just wanting to go grab cigarettes and a coke and some people are wanting to go grab a bite to eat," said Lawson.

Andrew Lewey runs a separate taxi service and says on snowy days they'll get around 100-150 calls a day.

"Last month we were up 36 percent and I guarantee you we're gonna match that. A lot of people just don't wanna get out and I don't blame them, you know I got out this morning, my whole street was full of ice," said Lewey.

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

Students from all over Ark. will compete in State Spelling Bee

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The best spellers in the state will come together to compete at the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, which could take the winner to nationals in Washington D.C.

The competition will be held Feb. 28 in the Reynolds Performance Hall on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the competition will begin at 9 a.m. 

The competition will consist of 60 county spelling bee winners in second through eighth grade that will be competing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May. 

The other prizes will be Kindles for the top three finishers, Amazon gift cards and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionaries. 


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Things to do this weekend

Things to do this weekend

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - While this weekend is predicting chilly temperatures, there are still several things going on in Little Rock and North Little Rock to help get you out and about. 

Friday, Feb. 20

-Mardi Gras in Arkansas at Next Level Events, 1400 W. Markham St. starting at 8 p.m.

-"Frost Bite Me" at The Joint Theater, 301 Main St. starting at 8 p.m.

-The Arkansas Flower and Garden Show at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 E. Markham st. 

-"The Sound of Music" at The Weekend Theater, 1001 W. 7th St. at 7:30 p.m.

- "How to Kill: World War II Watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker" at the Arkansas Arts Center, 501 E. 9th St.

Saturday, Feb. 21

Maumelle police offering their parking lot for online sales transactions

Maumelle police offering their parking lot for online sales transactions

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police in Maumelle are offering their parking lot for the transaction of online sales.

According to a Facebook post made by Maumelle police, the idea was suggested by a follower of their page.

Man charged in Conway officer's death died of pneumonia

Man charged in Conway officer's death died of pneumonia

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say pneumonia resulting from mixed drug intoxication killed a man charged in the 2013 traffic death of a Conway police officer.         

The Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/1LcQkJg ) reports that Barry Strickland's death certificate says he had a mix of morphine, amphetamine, muscle relaxer, and anti-anxiety medications in his system when he was found dead at his parents' house in November. He was out on bond awaiting a December jury trial.     

Strickland was charged with first-degree battery after authorities say he was driving the car that hit Conway Police Officer William McGary, who was directing traffic, in January 2013. McGary died the next day.     

Strickland's attorney says he had been taking the medications found in his system since he returned from Iraq as a combat veteran.