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Conway Public Schools observing Arkansas School Bus Safety Week

Conway Public Schools observing Arkansas School Bus Safety Week

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting October 19 until October 23, Conway Schools will join forces with the State of Arkansas to promote School Bus Safety Week.

Every day in the Conway School District, 3,673 students are transported on school buses. Bus drivers cover more than 3,600 total miles each day with parents’ most precious cargo, their children. 

“Safety on our school buses is a top priority,” says Ed Dow, Transportation Supervisor for Conway Public Schools.  “We work year round to make sure we get all our kids to and from school safely each and every day.”

UCA to host Tournées French Film Festival

UCA to host Tournées French Film Festival

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - Visit the French-speaking world without leaving central Arkansas through the Tournées French Film Festival at the University of Central Arkansas.

The Tournées French Film Festival is from October 30 to November 13 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the campus of UCA. An audience discussion with a panel of UCA faculty will follow each film, and refreshments will be served.

All films are free and open to the public, have English subtitles and will begin at 6 p.m.

A special family-friendly screening of the animated film “The King and the Mockingbird” will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Refreshments and interactive games for kids of all ages begin at 5 p.m.

Parent complains about bullying at Conway High School

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Conway parent fears intimidation might lead to more serious bullying for her daughter.

Sheliscia Hampton worries the school isn't doing anything about it.

Her daughter is a 16- year-old junior at Conway High School. Three weeks ago, Hampton says three girls started picking on, following and harassing her daughter by repeatedly calling her name. Just this past week, the girls started showing up to her classroom.

She considers this bullying, because before it began, her daughter was always "happy, laughing, you know, friendly with everybody...Now she's just quiet, she just shut down."

She went to the school and asked to transfer her daughter to another school. They said she would have to wait until January because under school policy, the school board needs to approve a transfer. The board does not meet until December.

Ten local arrests made in national sex trafficking sting

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Ten Arkansas women were arrested for prostitution during a nationwide FBI sex trafficking sting.

Five arrests came out of Conway on Wednesday, and five more came out of Hot Springs on Thursday.

All ten people arrested in the sting were charged with selling their bodies, but the advocate for trafficked women's rights that THV11 spoke with says there's more to the story.

For many, statistics about the sex trafficking industry are simply numbers, but for Louise Allison, every trafficked woman was once a little girl.

So when she found out that Conway and Hot Springs arrested 10 for prostitution as part of a nationwide sting, she wasn't sure how to feel.

"I think it's fabulous that the arrests are being made…but I still think we have a long way to go as a society in recognizing who is really truly being victimized."

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Stand-up comedian Mark Klein is bringing his talents to an assisted living facility in Maumelle with a personal goal of performing for the severely underserved senior market. 

“My dad is in his 90s,” says Klein. “If he still enjoys comedy, I see no reason other folks his age won’t enjoy it as well.” 

Klein began his professional stand-up career during the comedy boom of the 80s. Since then, he’s gone on to conquer the cruise ship circuit and corporate comedy gigs. He has been profiled by CBS, GQ Magazine and Forbes. Now, Mark is setting out to perform for seniors in need of a good laugh. 

“Just because they are older, doesn't mean they have lost their need for laughter and love of comedy.”

Klein will perform at Elmcroft Senior Living located at 100 Bringler Drive in Maumelle on November 2. It will last from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.

UCA to hold Family Day on Saturday

UCA to hold Family Day on Saturday

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Office of Student Life, in partnership with the Office of the President, are excited to announce this year’s Family Day festivities.

The event will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 on the football practice field located at the corner of Farris Road and Bruce Street. The entire UCA Community and their families are invited to enjoy this free event!

A variety of free activities, including a picnic lunch, carnival snacks, games, bounce obstacles, pony rides, and other activities for the entire family will be available.

Kickoff for the UCA football game against McNeese State will follow at 6 p.m. on the stripes.

For a schedule of events, football ticket prices and more information visit uca.edu/go/familyday

Beach Volleyball coming to UCA

Beach Volleyball coming to UCA

CONWAY, Ark.—Women’s beach volleyball is coming to the University of Central Arkansas after the Board of Trustees voted to add it as the 18th varsity sport at the university.

The beach volleyball season is played during March and April and will begin at UCA in 2017, according to Dr. Brad Teague, director of athletics.

“It's exciting to add a women's sport to our already very successful lineup of nine women's sports,” said Teague. "Beach volleyball is the fastest growing sport in the NCAA and our conference right now. Being a part of this momentum will benefit our campus and program.”

Three other institutions in the Southland Conference are set to add the sport in the near future, including the University of New Orleans, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist University. The NCAA began recognizing beach volleyball as a sport in 2010.