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Plans begin for Conway homeless shelter

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway Planning Commission voted 8-1 in favor of a new emergency homeless shelter. The next step is getting a permit approved, but not everyone is in favor of this shelter opening its doors.

The Ministry Center of Conway started as a refuge for tornado victims in Faulkner County last spring.

"The need was so great in our county that we went ahead and did an early launch," said Spring Hunter, the case manager of the Ministry Center. She said after the tornado victims began to stabilize, they turned their ministry into something much bigger.

"We began to realize there was this other population that was still in desperate need of services," said Hunter.

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215 Arkansas schools honored with reward funds

215 Arkansas schools honored with reward funds

UNDATED, Ark. (Arkansas Learns) - Being a high performing and improving school not only draws recognition and honor, it also can result in additional funding.

In the 2014-2015 school year, 215 public schools were recognized as high performing and gaining schools through the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program. The program recognizes the top 20 percent of schools based on academic achievement, academic growth and graduation rates.

According to the Arkansas Department of Education, “pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. §6-15-2107, the Arkansas School Recognition Program was created to provide financial awards to public schools that experience high student performance, student academic growth, and for a secondary school, high graduation rate.

Free summer movie lineup in Heber Springs

Free summer movie lineup in Heber Springs

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Free summer movie event 'A Night Under the Stars' begins June 20. 

Teen Recruiters has teamed up with Swank Motion Pictures and local businesses to provide a free movie watching experience at Spring Park in downtown Heber Springs. 

The 2015 lineup includes:

Saturday, June 20- Spare Parts (PG-13)

Saturday, July 11- Paddington (PG)

Saturday, August 22 - Captain America The Winter Solider (PG-13)

Pre-movie events will begin at 7 p.m. and films will begin at dusk. 

Both the pre-movie events and the film showings are free and open for anyone to attend.

For more information on 'A Night Under the Stars' or if you would like to sponsor a free movie night contact Barbara Owens at (501) 238-2413 or Brad Bates (501) 722-0938.

3 arrests made for kidnapping, attempted murder

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office along with the North Little Rock Police Department and Cabot Police Department made three arrests after finding a woman shot and beaten in Faulkner County.

A woman was found on Sunday, June 7 walking near a bridge close to Fortson Road and Highway 89 claiming that she had been kidnapped, beaten and shot by two males and a female in a black SUV.

A woman driving by had picked up the victim stating that she seemed very confused and had perhaps been involved in a car accident.

Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office searched the area where the victim was located and discovered a black electrical cord possibly used to tie the victim's hands. The deputy also found a gun shell casing.

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Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to open 9th season June 4

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre to open 9th season June 4

CONWAY, Ark. (AST) — Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s ninth season of professional theatre in repertory will run June 4-28, 2015.       

The lineup includes Shakespeare’s raucous comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor; his complex and intriguingThe Merchant of Venice; the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof (with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick), and a delightful adaptation for young audiences of Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It.        

Conway woman dies in late night car accident

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A 25-year-old woman died in a car accident around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Amber Elizabeth Hendrixson was traveling southbound on Wasson Road, when her 2003 GMC Envoy swerved into the northbound lane, off the road and into a tree.

According to the Arkansas State Police's report, the road conditions were dry at this time, so they are still unsure of the cause of the accident.

UCA receives Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation grant

UCA receives Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation grant

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) announced its continued support of the Center for Community and Economic Development at the University of Central Arkansas through a three-year Rural Community and Economic Development Grant for $84,000.

This funding is intended to support the Center’s efforts to assist municipal and nonprofit leaders build regional connections and to provide direct assistance to communities with their development efforts.

This award is the second community development grant WRF has awarded UCA. The center recently concluded a three-year grant in which rural community leaders and nonprofits serving rural communities received training and direct assistance. The first grant provided assistance to over 1,000 people in rural Arkansas communities and directly impacted over 350 UCA students.