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Conway opens real-life escape game


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - In the heart of downtown Conway, a facility is offering the chance to experience what it's like to be trapped in a room where you must follow signs and clues to make an escape.

It is called Escape Mystery Room, and it is located at 707 Parkway, suite 101 in Conway. The goal of the Escape Mystery Room creators was to create a unique, detail oriented and immersive escape room game unlike any other. There are several different rooms that you and a group of people can choose from.

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Official shares date, time of when Ark. River at Toad Suck Dam will crest


FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (Dec. 30, 2015) -- The Arkansas River is expected to crest at the Toad Suck Lock and Dam close to midnight on December 30/31st, according to the National Weather Service. The elevation of the crest is anticipated to be 280.2 feet.

This flood is expected to be comparable to the water level of the floods earlier this year, so residents who experienced flooding problems then should prepare for it now.

Lake Conway is expected to rise to 4 or 5 feet above winter pool level.

There will be sandbag staging areas at the following locations:

1.48 Easterwood Point Road at Mayflower Fire Station.

2.South End of Faulkner Meadows Lane just before 120 near the pumping station

3.At the entrance of Stanford Road of HWY 65.

Conway police search for 20-yr-old woman


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a 20-year-old who is wanted for forgery and fleeing in a vehicle.

Heather "Lucky" Crews reportedly drove away from police after they caught her attempting to sell stolen property obtained from a local vehicle break-in. According to the Conway Police Department, Crews is well aware of the warrant for her arrest and that all requests to get her to turn herself in has gone unanswered.

If you know of Crews' whereabouts, you are asked to call Conway police at (501) 450-6120.


Ex-University of Central Arkansas administrator drops appeal


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The former chief of staff for the University of Central Arkansas has dropped his appeal of his commercial burglary conviction and is set to carry out his sentence.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that 59-year-old Jack Gillean dropped the appeal Monday for a deal in which the state will not file additional charges or jail time after learning that Gillean failed six separate drug tests while on probation.

Gillean was convicted in March 2014 of six counts of commercial burglary. Prosecutors say he gave master keys to a student who then stole tests from professors' offices. Gillean was sentenced to three years in prison and was fined $35,000 with 120 months of probation.

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UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

UCA receives $215,500 to support Nursing Department

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Foundation, Inc. has received $215,500 to support the Nursing Simulation Lab in the Department of Nursing.

“Nursing has afforded me the opportunity to care for a lot of individuals,” said Elizabeth A. Blankenship, CEO of Southridge Village Nursing and Rehabilitation. “With our ability to gift to the nursing program, the students will have some of the best technology available to them, and I believe it will assist in their training and education.”

Blankenship, along with her daughters and fellow UCA alumnae, Ashley M. Blankenship and Gretchen E. Humphreys, made the gift in a presentation that included UCA faculty, staff and students.

UCA President Tom Courtway expressed gratitude to the Blankenship family, “Thank you very much for your generosity. Thank you, more than anything else, for believing in UCA and believing in this college and this department.”

Conway Police Department returns stolen bicycles to owners


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Conway police wheeled out lost or stolen goods on Thursday, and what's unique about this particular lineup is that police are trying to return these items to the appropriate owners.

LaTresha Woodruff with Conway police explained, "We have found ourselves with an abundance of bicycles."

The department is storing 36 bikes in their evidence room, and now they are turning to the public for help on locating the owners of them because they are simply running out of space. Typically, word gets around that bikes have been recovered, and you can always go to the police station to redeem it. But this year Conway police turned to the internet for help.

"We decided that we would put pictures of these bicycles on our website," Woodruff said.

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.”