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UCA Battleship reaches tipping point

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Ever play Battleship when you were a kid? There's a new version of this game sweeping college campuses nationally.

University of Central Arkansas students gathered together at the new indoor pool within the Health P.E. Recreation Center, to battle in a new campus competition.

They met their friends at the canoes, some wearing moo moos, and prepared to play Battleship.

"I was just on YouTube one day looking for new intramural games, and I came across it. You know let's see if the students like this, and so we voted on it and everybody was real excited about it," said Logan Wile, director of UCA intramurals.

Four canoes, with three players each.

"It's the last canoe floating. You tip over, it's not your fault, somebody ran into you and rammed on your canoe, you're still out," said Wile.

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Students study harder as GED gets tougher

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Students preparing to take the GED are learning a new approach to a new test format. "It's just so hard," Cheyenne Markcum said. But it has not always been this way.

Michelle Horton has been at the Conway Adult Education Center for 14 years. She said, "I have seen drastic changes." In 2014, the GED went from paper to the computer and five subjects, to four. But in that same year, out of 1,534 Arkansans who took all four parts of the test, 1280 people passed it. That is 83 percent. Arkansas consistently ranks near the top when it comes to the pass rate.

Stephon Holmes took the GED before the changes went into effect. He explained, "I feel for them." When he took the test he said it was easier, but his troubled past was hindering his success in the classroom. He said, "My counselor was talking to me and said you might as well go and get your GED because we can't do nothing for you."

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

Police are asking for help finding missing Benton man

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department issued a missing person report Tuesday for Michael Ray Isbell.

Isbell, 48, of Benton was last seen Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. at the Birch Tree Organization located at 1502 Mary Kay Lane. According to reports, Isbell has been diagnosed with a mental illness that could possibly impair his judgment. 

He is believed to still be in central Arkansas. Isbell is described as standing six feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white sweater, dark jacket, tennis shoes and blue jeans when he allegedly walked away from his volunteer job. 

Greenbrier birthday girl helps homeless

Greenbrier birthday girl helps homeless

CONWAY, Ark. (Bethlehem House) - One 9-year-old decided that her birthday would be better spent giving instead of receiving. 

Sydney Riddle, 9, told her parents that she didn't need anything for her birthday this year, and that she wanted her friends to bring things to help someone else.

“We talked about it, and Sydney decided to have everyone bring supplies for the Bethlehem House, Conway’s homeless shelter," said Sydney's mother Kristen. "Bethlehem House said they could use wash clothes, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, dish towels and Sydney wanted to take them candy.  She said they probably don't get candy often."

Bethlehem House operates on gifts and monetary donations from local groups, organizations, churches and individuals like Sydney.

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Blood drive held in fallen officer's honor

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Red Cross and Conway police teamed up Sunday to honor a fallen officer.

They held the second annual Memorial Blood Drive for Will McGary. The officer died in the line of duty in 2013.

Conway Police Officer William McGary injured in wreck, Barry Strickland arrested

His mother says a blood drive is a natural extension of what McGary did before he died.

Conway Text-A-Tip program leads to arrests

CONWAY, Ark.(KTHV) - Conway police credit text tips for providing them with key leads in several unsolved cases. Just last week, they asked for the public's help in locating a suspect.

LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department says within hours, tips began pouring in.

"We put information out about a person who had a warrant for her arrest and in about five minutes or so we started getting tips on the text-a-tip line."

is a service is offered by several police departments around the state. Woodruff says it's been a great tool for their department.

"We get the word out to people. Anytime we put some information out we let people know they can text us an anonymous tip."

Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (University of Central Ark.) - More than 90 undergraduate students will present 64 posters highlighting their original research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on Wednesday, Feb.11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda in Little Rock.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol. The University of Central Arkansas is the primary organizer of the event, with support and participation from other Arkansas colleges and universities. The Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol is modeled after the STEM Posters program at Murray State University in Kentucky. Both are designed to mirror the Posters on the Hill event at the U.S. Capitol.