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UCA student athletes donate shoes to 300 Conway children

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Student athletes at the University of Central Arkansas made more than 300 children smile on Sunday by literally helping put shoes on their feet.

It's all part of an international project called Shoes of Hope.

The idea was to bring children in Conway together by washing their feet and then give them a pair of new shoes. But it's also more than that, the focus is spreading compassion through a simple gesture.

The program helped change more than 17,500 lives in 2014. The athletes raised more than $5,000 for the event.

Graham Gibbs works for the international organization called Samaritan's Feet."60 percent of kids K through 12 in Arkansas are either on or eligible for free and reduced lunches," said Gibbs. "So, that's a demographic stat that we use to gauge need."

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Amigo Cup helps UCA reach Latino community

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Central Arkansas used sports as a way to reach out to the Latino community on Saturday.

UCA along with the Latino Student Association, Arkansas Minority Health Commission and Conway A&P Commission sponsored the 6th Annual Amigo Cup. The soccer tournament was held right on UCA campus at the university's Farris Center. It not only brought together eight youth Latino teams from around the state, but the event allowed parents from the community to see the university as a possible opportunity for their children.

"These are good candidates for the university, and so we want them to not only feel at home, but we also do campus tours, we take them to the different departments, talk about the majors we have, getting where we try to sell the community to them," said UCA Hispanic Outreach Coordinator Manny Supulveda.

Central Arkansas considers adding women's beach volleyball

Central Arkansas considers adding women's beach volleyball

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - University of Central Arkansas trustees are set to consider adding women's beach volleyball as a sport.

The Log Cabin Democrat (http://bit.ly/1VHKQi7) reports the board of trustees will vote on whether to offer the sport beginning with the 2016-17 school year at a Friday morning meeting.

The board's meeting agenda says the school's athletic department studied the feasibility of adding beach volleyball, and that it's among the fastest growing NCAA sports.

UCA student arrested after anonymous threat

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A University of Central Arkansas freshman was arrested Monday after posting a threat to an anonymous message board saying something would happen on campus Wednesday.

It happened Friday when university police came across a post that read, "Fellow Yaks, you all seem like good people and I care for you, so if you read this, please stay in your dorms or off campus next Wednesday, I care too much for you all to fall victim of the event."

Following a school shooting at an Oregon community college last week, many are taking caution even though school police say it's an empty threat.

"Oh yeah I've considered going up there and staying with her," said Candle Weaver, whose daughter is a freshman at the school. "I would like for her to stay home tomorrow and Wednesday and Thursday. I just wished they would cancel her classes with a threat like this."

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Purple Cow Milkshake contest to benefit Bethlehem House

 Purple Cow Milkshake contest to benefit Bethlehem House

CONWAY, Ark. - The Purple Cow in Conway will host its Second Annual 'BrainFREEZE' event Sunday, October 18 on the Green at Hendrix Village.

'BrainFREEZE' is a milkshake drinking competition that willl begin at 2 p.m. and will last until 2 p.m. It will feature three competitive divisions: child, church and celebrity.

Registrants are encouraged to raise the registration fee. Fees for the celebrity division are $250, church division fee is $100, and $50 for children’s division.

Coach Todd Kendrick will be defending his Celebrity Championship Title. Last year, Kendrick drank three pounds and seven ounces of Purple Cow Milkshakes. 

Organizers promise a fun, family adventure with kid-friendly activities including face painting, pumpkin painting, a coloring competition and free balloon animals. All funds raised at the Purple Cow 'BrainFREEZE' will benefit the Bethlehem House, Conway's homeless shelter.

Human remains found near Bell Mtn. Road in Menifee

MENIFEE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway County Sheriff's Office recovered an ATV matching the description of the one owned by missing subject Leonard Nix and human remains in Menifee on Friday.

Deputies responded to a call around 4:31 p.m. Friday, October 2 of an ATV found in the woods. A person hunting near the area of Bell Mtn. Road and Marge Lane discovered the ATV.

As officials were investigating the scene, a blue Yamaha four-wheeler matching the description of the ATV that missing subject Leonard Nix owned was located. A short distance from where the ATV was found, human remains were recovered.

The remains are being sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for a positive identification.

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Man who ran from his court trial captured

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Michael Roland, 26, was captured on Wednesday after he ran from his trial during a recess on Tuesday.

Roland reportedly showed up for trial in District Court but left during a recess in a vehicle with someone and then jumped out near Central Baptist College and continued to run on foot.

LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department stated that with the public's help in sending tips, police were able to capture Roland.

He has not been formally charged, and Woodruff said he was already charged with DWI-drugs and third-degree battery but now faces additional charges of failure to appear and bond revocation.