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Greenbrier birthday girl helps homeless

Greenbrier birthday girl helps homeless

CONWAY, Ark. (Bethlehem House) - One 9-year-old decided that her birthday would be better spent giving instead of receiving. 

Sydney Riddle, 9, told her parents that she didn't need anything for her birthday this year, and that she wanted her friends to bring things to help someone else.

“We talked about it, and Sydney decided to have everyone bring supplies for the Bethlehem House, Conway’s homeless shelter," said Sydney's mother Kristen. "Bethlehem House said they could use wash clothes, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, dish towels and Sydney wanted to take them candy.  She said they probably don't get candy often."

Bethlehem House operates on gifts and monetary donations from local groups, organizations, churches and individuals like Sydney.

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Blood drive held in fallen officer's honor

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Red Cross and Conway police teamed up Sunday to honor a fallen officer.

They held the second annual Memorial Blood Drive for Will McGary. The officer died in the line of duty in 2013.

Conway Police Officer William McGary injured in wreck, Barry Strickland arrested

His mother says a blood drive is a natural extension of what McGary did before he died.

Conway Text-A-Tip program leads to arrests

CONWAY, Ark.(KTHV) - Conway police credit text tips for providing them with key leads in several unsolved cases. Just last week, they asked for the public's help in locating a suspect.

LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department says within hours, tips began pouring in.

"We put information out about a person who had a warrant for her arrest and in about five minutes or so we started getting tips on the text-a-tip line."

is a service is offered by several police departments around the state. Woodruff says it's been a great tool for their department.

"We get the word out to people. Anytime we put some information out we let people know they can text us an anonymous tip."

Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

Arkansas STEM students to present at State Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (University of Central Ark.) - More than 90 undergraduate students will present 64 posters highlighting their original research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) on Wednesday, Feb.11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Arkansas State Capitol Rotunda in Little Rock.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol. The University of Central Arkansas is the primary organizer of the event, with support and participation from other Arkansas colleges and universities. The Arkansas STEM Posters at the State Capitol is modeled after the STEM Posters program at Murray State University in Kentucky. Both are designed to mirror the Posters on the Hill event at the U.S. Capitol.

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My Town Hero: Sheila Gardner

My Town Hero: Sheila Gardner

SCOTLAND, Ark. (KTHV) - There is one woman from Scotland, Ark. that people in her community see as their 'town hero.' She has managed to involve herself in several organizations within Scotland, and is still able to help anyone in need.

Sheila Gardner, described as an outstanding individual by her peers, is a pastor at the Scotland Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church. She is a hero to many for her involvement in several community programs including a First Responder volunteer, jail ministry, a coach of peewee basketball and was awarded alumni of the year for her help in the construction and fundraising of a church project.

She manages to help in any area of Scotland she can, while owning her own logging company.

Gardner is also known to help pay for people's house bills out of her own pocket. 

Update: Charges filed in Faulkner County deputy shooting

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Two suspects have been charged in a deputy-involved shooting that happened on Tuesday.

Cody Boose and Stephanie Fason have been charged with the following charges due to the narcotics search warrant.

State Police have not yet filed charges in the shooting incident.

The shooting happened when Conway Police, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Task force attempted to search a home in Conway in the early morning hours. A deputy was hit in the stomach.

Boose is charged with the following:

-Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance Felony B

-Proximity to certain facilities sentencing enhancement

-Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance Felony B

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

Model of the Year Faith Laureles embraces life on top

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - It has been one year since she was named the Oneofakind Baton Rouge Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year, and model Faith Laureles is still in shock.

“I still can't believe it,” she said about winning the recognition.

Since receiving the Model of the Year award in Baton Rouge, Laureles was also named the Little Rock Fashion Week 2014 Model of the Year last summer and has embarked on a modeling career that continues to surprise her.

With an interest in the fashion industry, Laureles participated in the casting call in 2014 when her mother, Amy Laureles, was looking for a different experience for her daughter. Once announced as the Model of the Year, Laureles was able to advance her modeling career with a contract with talent agency, Oneofakind Talent Inc. The high school sophomore has strolled runways for LRFW, New Orleans Fashion Week, has been featured in photo shoots and has become the face of the second annual OBRFW and seventh annual LRFW.