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Conway student gets perfect score on ACT


CONWAY, Ark. (Conway Public Schools) -- Jillian Tang, a 16-year-old Junior at Conway High School, has made the “perfect score” of 36 on the ACT.

Tang, the daughter of Chiung-Fang Liang, took the test in October.  This was her first time to take the exam in high school.  She previously took the ACT as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program in middle school, where she scored a 30 in the 7th grade.

“I felt pretty confident coming out of it,” says Tang, who is taking several Advanced Placement Classes at Conway High School.  “I felt like I was well-prepared for the test, so I wasn't stressed about it.”

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U of Central Arkansas President Courtway to depart in 2017

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway has announced plans to step down at the end of his current contract.

Courtway's contract ends June 30, 2017, and he said in a statement released Friday by UCA that it's time to search for a new president. The statement said Courtway will become an instructor in the UCA College of Business.

Courtway became UCA president in December 2011 after initially serving as interim president following the resignation of Allen Meadors. Meadors resigned after it was revealed he failed to tell trustees that a $700,000 offer by Aramark to renovate his university home was contingent upon Aramark's food service contract being renewed for seven years.

Request denied for records help for teen charged in killings

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A Faulkner County judge denied a request to allow a family member or attorney to sign for records for a teenager charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of a couple who raised him as their grandson.

Attorneys for Justin Staton, who turned 15 last month, said Wednesday that because he is underage and his mother is being held on other charges, they've been unable to get school transcripts and other records. Circuit Court Judge Troy Braswell says other orders he's issued should solve the problem.

Staton is charged as an adult in the July killings of Robert and Patricia Cogdell, both 66.

Police say Staton and another teenager shot the couple then dragged their bodies to a wooded area.

Hit musical Mamma Mia! to visit UCA for two shows

Hit musical Mamma Mia! to visit UCA for two shows

CONWAY, Ark. - The long-running hit musical Mamma Mia! will visit the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall for two performances in February.

The original date — Monday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. — sold out quickly, so UCA Public Appearances has scheduled a second show for Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Central Arkansas community has been requesting for years that we add Mamma Mia! to our Broadway series,“ said Amanda Horton, director of UCA Public Appearances. “The show became available for single booking nights this year, and the routing was coming near Conway, so it all worked out in our favor.

“Once we announced the season, the Mamma Mia! tickets immediately began selling, and we quickly sold out.  So we worked with the company to add another show so that more of our community could see this popular performance.” 

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Bikers revving up for Conway Regional Toy Run

Bikers revving up for Conway Regional Toy Run

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Bikers from throughout Arkansas will gather in Conway on Saturday, Dec. 12 for the 15th annual Conway Regional Toy Run.

The bikers will begin their line up at 10 a.m. at Landers Toad Suck Harley Davidson, 1110 Collier Drive off Museum Road in Conway.  At noon, Santa will lead the way for a caravan of motorcycles, trikes and cages (cars) leaving the dealership for Conway Regional Medical Center, where they will deliver the toys.

About 250 people participated in the event last year.

“No child should be in the hospital at Christmas without a toy,” said Steve “Painter” Polk, who has organized the Toy Run since it began in 2000.

“Each year, the number of toys has grown to the point that it supplies our patients all year,” said Jo Lynne Gasaway, RN, Director of Pediatrics.

UCA hosts open house for new downtown facility

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas will host an open house on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the new UCA Downtown at 1105 Oak Street.

UCA Downtown will be home to culinary, fine arts, technology and other community education and lifelong learning programs hosted by UCA. Located within walking distance to popular restaurants, shopping, Toad Suck Square and Simon Park, UCA Downtown can also be rented to host upscale events, business meetings and other small functions.

The Conway community is invited to visit the new facility for a tour and to enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes, entertainment and door prizes. The open house is free and open to the public.

UCA Downtown officially opens in January.

For more information, contact the UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at (501) 450-3118.

UCA commencement set for Dec. 12

UCA commencement set for Dec. 12

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas will hold Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Jeff Farris Health and Physical Education Center on the campus.

Commencement for the College of Business, College of Education and the College of Fine Arts and Communication will be held at 10 a.m.

Commencement for the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

UCA President Tom Courtway will deliver a challenge to the graduates.  Dr. Steven Runge, executive vice president and provost, will be master of ceremonies. Zach Carter, 2015-2016 president of the Student Government Association, will bring greetings from the students and Dr. Benjamin Rowley, 2015-2016  president of the Faculty Senate, will address the graduates on behalf of the faculty.

University officials will confer 522 undergraduate degrees and 276 graduate degrees during two ceremonies.