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Charges against all but one hazing suspects dropped


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – Charges have been dismissed against some of the people involved in the UCA student hazing case in early March.

According to Faulkner County Prosecutor Cody Hiland, Christopher Ozuna, the person who actually carried out the hazing, was convicted of four counts of hazing, and one count of third-degree battery.

Ozuna has been sentenced to 12 months of probation, community service, and restitution--$2,000 from fraternity fees. The majority of the restitution was paid, and the others originally charged paid a portion of it.

Hiland said Ozuna was expelled from UCA, which is required because of the charges. However, since he had never been in trouble before and was close to graduation, Ozuna was ordered to enroll in another college within a certain time frame to get his degree.

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Conway Regional Health System Food Drive for Bethlehem House

Conway Regional Health System Food Drive for Bethlehem House

Richard Tyler, corporate director of Human Resources with Conway Regional Health System, delivers food to Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively. Tyler was delivering a donation of non-perishable food items collected by Conway Regional employees. Since late October, Conway Regional employees have contributed more than 60 bags of food to the homeless shelter as part of a food drive. In addition to offering a home for the homeless, Bethlehem House provides an evening meal daily and operates a food pantry to serve the needs of those who do not have adequate resources for food. To help, Bethlehem House this holiday season, call 501.329.4862 or visit bethlehemhouse.net.

*This article was contributed by a community member, not produced by KTHV-TV. 

Faulkner County to receive StormReady designation


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County as a "StormReady" community next week.

Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April's tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities statewide since 1950.

A ceremony is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The "StormReady" program recognizes communities that have made a commitment to save lives and property when bad weather strikes. Forecasters noted that many Vilonia residents were able to take shelter in a community safe room. Nationally, 2,200 communities have the designation.

To be recognized as StormReady, a county must maintain a 24-hour emergency operations center and have several ways to receive weather warnings and alert the public. They also must conduct community preparedness programs and address bad weather in formal emergency plans.

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:

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FAULKNER COUNTY

Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street

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GARLAND COUNTY

Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs

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JEFFERSON COUNTY

Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff

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PULASKI COUNTY

Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

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Police: Missing Conway woman found


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – Conway Police were searching for a missing woman early Thursday morning.

According to the Conway Police Department, Loretta Gober has been found. No other details were made available.


Cheer Force Brights Up the Holidays for Homeless

Cheer Force Brights Up the Holidays for Homeless

Pictured above: Sonshine Academy’s Cheer Force Arkansas recently collected more than 1,500 food items and raised over $1,000 to be donated to Bethlehem House. Their donation will help fill food boxes for families in need and provide food for the shelter’s nightly soup kitchen. “The generosity shown by Cheer Force is greatly appreciated by our residents and others in our community who are blessed by this gift,” said Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively, “The donation comes at a time when our food pantry is low and will be so helpful as the holidays approach. For more information on Bethlehem House or to make a donation, visit bethlehemhouse.net

*This article was contributed by a community member, not produced by KTHV-TV. 

Conway ranks 2 out of 50 for greatest affordable college towns


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – If you're looking for a great, affordable place to go to college, look no further than Conway.

According to Great Value Colleges, this city is undoubtedly a good place for getting a quality education without having to rack up a ton of debt. Former Secretary of Education Terrell Bear has even been quoted as saying that UCA is "an Ivy League education at a bargain basement price."

In addition to the University of Central Arkansas, Conway is also home to Hendrix College and Central Baptist University.

See the full list here: http://on.kthv.com/1p1xSvS

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