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Veteran receives special suprise from his 3rd grade students


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - On this Veteran’s Day, we are reminded of one of the many freedoms we get from those who serve our country; the ability to get an education.

Julia Lee Moore Elementary School in Conway honored someone who gave them this freedom, as well as someone who provides it first-hand.

Third grade teacher William Brown wore a full U.S. Air Force uniform at the school assembly Wednesday morning. Sgt. Brown received dozens of awards over his 25 years of service. 

However, Wednesday may have been his greatest honor of all. He received a surprise recognition from his students.

“When I saw all the kids singing and smiling, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Sgt. Brown.

Ark. Research Alliance recieves $764K for cancer study


CONWAY, Ark. - On Wednesday, the Arkansas Research Alliance announced a $764,000 contract with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine if new approaches can be developed to screen for lung cancer with a simple blood test.

Dr. Donald Johann, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at the UAMS Department of Hematology and Oncology, the Principle Investigator, noted the major goal of the initiative is the development of tools and methods for the early detection of cancer. Early detection leads to improved patient outcomes and can save lives.

Local churches invited to partner with Bethlehem House in battle to feed the hungry with Empty Bowls

Local churches invited to partner with Bethlehem House in battle to feed the hungry with Empty Bowls

CONWAY, Ark. - National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This year, the Bethlehem House is partnering with local churches to bring that awareness to a community level through its annual Empty Bowls event.

“Many children and adults go to bed hungry each night, across the world and across the street,” Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively said. “This year, we are inviting churches throughout Faulkner County to join this fight by hosting their own Empty Bowls event for their congregation.”

The proceeds of these events will be used to support the work of Bethlehem House. 

Bethlehem House has as its mission to improve the life situations of the homeless and nearly homeless in the community. In addition to offering a home for the homeless, the shelter provides an evening meal daily and operates a food pantry to serve the needs of those who do not have adequate resources for food.

UCA afterwords awards to celebrate first-year writers

CONWAY, Ark. — The University of Central Arkansas Department of Writing will feature the AfterWords awards ceremony, honoring first-year Residential College writers, on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The 4-6 p.m. event, free and open to the public at the Bear’s Dean, just off campus at 235 Farris Road, will feature student readings of the award-winning works, selected by faculty from the WRTG 1310, Introduction to College Writing course.

Awards will be given for first, second, third and honorable mention from each residential college, as well as a reading award given on the day of the reading for the best read essay. Lacey Thacker of the UCA writing faculty will also read from her work.

“We are excited about what AfterWords offers first-year writers,” said Sophie Dix, interim director of first-year writing. “The competition allows students to celebrate their writing in a community of writers.”

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Several staff members of Taziki's Mediterranean Café at their locations throughout Arkansas in North Little Rock, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Conway and Little Rock have decided to participate in ‘No-Shave November,’ a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose. Participants are encouraged to donate the money they would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.

Taziki’s has its own ‘team’ page on No-Shave November’s website, where donations can be made to support these efforts.

UCA, BACC. WRPDD to host "Saving Your Small Town" training event

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas’ (UCA) Center for Community & Economic Development is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to host “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development” for North Central Arkansas community leaders.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, UCA will partner with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD) to offer the boot camp in Independence County. The training will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Maxfield Room (Room 119) in the Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus.

UCA hosts minority vendor expo

UCA hosts minority vendor expo

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas will host a Minority Vendor Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of UCA in Conway.

The Minority Vendor Expo is designed to give members of the higher education community an opportunity to engage with minority business owners in an effort to learn more about the products and services they have to offer.

The UCA Purchasing Office, Office of Institutional Diversity and Division of Outreach and Community Engagement are organizing this event.

“UCA is pleased to provide the higher education community with an opportunity to meet minority vendors to increase and improve working relationships with minority-owned companies and businesses in the state,” said Cassandra McCuien, UCA Purchasing Office director.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit uca.edu/purchasing.