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Local university communicating in a 'snap'

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A new smart phone app is making its way onto a local college campus.

According to college-centric marketing company Sumpto, 77 percent of college students use Snapchat every day.

That statistic got the University of Central Arkansas to jump on board.

Freshman Taylor Davis just started following "UCABEARS" on Snapchat today. He says, "I think it's pretty cool such a big university is willing to communicate with little old me. It'll help freshman year go a lot smoother."

The university kicked off the school year with UCA President Tom Courtway sending students a welcome Snapchat. In the snap he said, "I cannot wait for move-in day on August 17th. Go bears!"

Since this first snap was sent out, UCA has acquired 450 followers.

Sophomore Emily Lowery says, "It's faster and you get to take videos and it's fun and creative."

UCA welcomes freshmen during move-in day

UCA welcomed its freshmen class on move-in day in Conway on Sunday.

Despite a traffic jam getting into the city, things went pretty smoothly once everyone was in the dorms. For one mom and UCA alum, there's quite a difference from her days moving onto campus.

Lorna Strong said, "This was much more organized, and there were much more things that they have in terms of electronics that they brought in that we didn't have in our dorm room."

Welcome Week begins for freshmen Monday morning and UCA classes start Thursday.

Conway company leader in school furniture

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Chances are, the desk you sat in at school was made right here in Arkansas.

VIRCO Manufacturing Corporation is the largest distributor of school furniture in the country.

"Christmas is next week and I'm Santa Clause." That's because VIRCO Manufacturing Corporation in Conway is the largest supplier of school furniture in the country.

VIRCO's Director of Sales, Brian True says going back to school means big business for them.

"This is the biggest time of year for VIRCO. We actually ship that 60 percent of our overall annual revenue between July 1st and and August 30th," said True.

VIRCO has been a part of the Conway community since the 1950s.

Their manufacturing facility spans more than 2 million square feet and their furniture can be found in classrooms around the world.

Which unusually-named Arkansas town makes Buzzfeed list?

Well, it's not Snowball, Hogeye, Smackover, or Greasy Corner… but it does have an unusual name, and a lot of history.

It's Toad Suck, Arkansas! The Faulkner County town made Buzzfeed's list of "14 Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist." In fact, it's #1 on the list, followed by Crotch Crescent in the U.K. and Cheesequake, New Jersey.

The legend of Toad Suck is that long ago, steamboats are said to have traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, crews would sit at the lock and dam. While they waited, they are said to have hung out a tavern there and "suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads."

"Baby Steps" to rebuild Mayflower after April's tornado

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV)- As many as 100 students in Mayflower might not show up to school on Monday. 67 families were affected by the April tornadoes and might struggle with long commutes. Superintendent John Gray says their absence may affect the district's budget.

"You get paid by the amount of students enrolled," said Gray. "It might have a huge effect on the financial stability of the district." Gray says the school needs to renovate campuses to prepare for future tornadoes. "We have no protection for our elementary school students," said Gray. "We have been working to build a storm shelter for our students, we're looking at grants."

The county's economic bounce-back has the attention of state officials. State Senator Mark Pryor said it it's all about taking baby steps. "Sometimes it takes years to recover."

Pryor said that it's coming together as a community to new ideas on how to rebuild the counties.

Support the Children's Miracle Network through Dairy Queen

UNDATED (DQ) - This year DQ® is celebrating Miracle Treat Day with even more magic.

Today, Thursday August 14th, 2014, $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat purchased at participating DQ® stores will be donated to your local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® to help children in need.

Together we can provide hope and healing to sick and injured children in your community.

Participating locations in central Arkansas:




CONWAY AR 72032-2317




HOT SPRINGS AR 71913-3529



2007 E MAIN ST





BATESVILLE AR 72501-5822


(Source: DQ)

Baptist Health Medflight personnel receive prestigious awards

Baptist Health Medflight personnel receive prestigious awards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Baptist Health) – During the 2014 Arkansas Emergency Medical Services Conference held in Hot Springs July 30 through August 3, two Baptist Health MedFlight employees received state recognition for their contributions.

Pat Hum, of Conway, a MedFlight flight nurse for 30 years, was presented with the 2014 AEMTA Air Medical Award of Excellence at the conference. This inaugural award was created to recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to local, state and national provision, development and/or improvement to the air medical industry of Arkansas.