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One man in custody for UCA card theft

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Arch Jones with the University of Central Arkansas police announced Friday that a man has been taken into custody for the theft of multiple credit cards from a student at the university.

Jaymes Ferrell was arrested Friday and has been charged with two counts of theft of property, a class D felony, and has been transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center.

"We are so thankful to members of the UCA community, who were able to provide assistance in the identification of the suspect in this case," said Jones.

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UCA to study opening the state's first optometry school

CONWAY, Ark. (University of Central Ark.) - The University of Central Arkansas will begin a feasibility study to assess the possibility of opening a new school of optometry on the campus.

Tripp Umbach, a healthcare consulting group from Pennsylvania, has been hired to conduct the feasibility study that will provide a comprehensive analysis of the current and projected needs of optometrists in Arkansas and surrounding regions, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of developing a school of optometry at UCA.

"Staying true to our mission of being a state leader in the health sciences, we are committed to exploring the possibility of providing a school of optometry," said UCA President Tom Courtway. "Hopefully, this study will help us arrive at making a sound and informed decision."

3 technology companies to create 140 new jobs in Conway

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Three technology companies plan to invest a combined $2.5 million and create 140 new jobs in Arkansas.

The companies said Thursday they plan to locate new facilities in downtown Conway, about 25 miles north of Little Rock.

The companies are Metova Inc., a mobile app development company; Big Cloud Analytics, a predictive analytics software company; and Eyenalyze, a Conway-based company that has developed innovative software for use in the food service sector.

Bethlehem House’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala and Auction benefits Conway's homeless shelter

Bethlehem House’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala and Auction benefits Conway's homeless shelter

Conway, Ark. - Bethlehem House’s 10th Annual Valentine Gala and Auction starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at Onechurch, located at 1073 Front Street.

The evening includes both live and silent auctions, a brand new ‘jewelry hunt’ and a delicious meal catered by PattiCakes, Stoby’s and Pasta Grill.

Tickets are $30, and are available now at shelter or bethlehemhouse.net. All of the proceeds benefits Bethlehem House and Conway’s homeless shelter. For more details call (501) 329-4862.

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Conway Salvation Army asking for help to feed families

Conway, Ark. (KTHV)- The crew at the Salvation Army in Conway says every day their pantry feeds 150 families, but they've hit a shortage. The non-profit organization depends on donations from families, but fear that people haven't been helping enough.

They only have food left to help families for three more days.

Major David Robinson says that things usually don't look like this. "Usually at this time of year, after Christmas, the shelves are full." But he said this year, Santa wasn't as giving as most years.

Thirty families per day depend on the pantry, that's 150 families a week. Twelve cans per each food box are given to each family.

91-year-old Arkansas WWII vet to receive highest French honor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- "We [drove] the Germans out of France."

Very rarely does one meet a person who can say they've helped make history.

"I liked history myself in school," states an old soldier remembering his school days.

However, in the outskirts of Vilonia, Johnie Arnold explained how he helped defeat Adolf Hitler in World War II.

"It was 150,000 troops, [that] hit that beach that first day," exclaimed Mr. Arnold.

Arnold is 91 years old, actually 91 and-a-half, he insisted on clarifying, but despite that memory being more than 70 years ago, he says it's hard to forget D-Day.

'I was 19, they just told you what you had to do and what your job was," added Arnold.

Arnold joined the coast guard in 1942.

UCA television station available through U-verse

UCA television station available through U-verse

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A station previously only available in Conway will no spread to various parts of Arkansas. 

The University of Central Arkansas' Channel 6 television station is now available on U-verse, Channel 99.

“I'm extremely excited to be able to reach a new audience through Channel 6's original programming,” said Chris Churchill, director of Channel 6 Television. “Now, thanks to AT&T U-verse, UCA students, family and fans can experience our programming from anywhere in central Arkansas.”

Channel 6 will cover from Little-Rock to Pine Bluff, including Benton, Bryant, Cammack Village, Conway, Haskell, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Maumelle, Pulaski County, Shannon Hills, Sherwood and Searcy.

​To access Channel 6's programming through U-verse, browse to U-verse Channel 99, which will display a list of available Public Education Government (PEG) channels. Click on Conway and then UCA Television.