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Conway's Homeless Shelter Raises $36,000 to Benefit Bethlehem House

Conway's Homeless Shelter Raises $36,000 to Benefit Bethlehem House

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Bethlehem House, Conway’s homeless shelter, recently raised over $36,000 during the Tenth Annual Valentine Gala and Auction.

This was the first year for the Jewelry Hunt from Dayer Jewelers. Forty boxes were sold for $50 each, one box contained a Chatham Aquamarine and Diamond pendant valued at $1,100 won by Tess Fletcher of Conway. All other boxes contained a gift certificate for a meal from David’s Burgers.

Bethlehem House is a non-profit shelter that depends on support from local churches, organizations and individuals. Funds from the Valentine Gala and Auction go to the Operational Fund for day-to-day operations.

Bethlehem House has a mission to change the life situations of the homeless and nearly homeless in our community. To obtain more information, volunteer with or donate to Bethlehem House, call (501) 329-4862 or visit bethlehemhouse.net.

 

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting fashion designer’s applications for the seventh annual LRFW, which is scheduled for July 13 through 18. The application deadline is April 7, 2015.

Founded by entertainment producer Brandon Campbell in 2009, LRFW has showcased over 95 fashion brands by local, national, international and student designers; been attended by fashion and entertainment executives from E! Entertainment, Style Network, MTV, NBC, Dillard's, Belk, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles), Harding University, Savannah College of Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Past designers have gone on to have their clothing lines worn by celebrities and showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week.

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Youth Leadership Initiative) - Kids from across Arkansas will convene in Little Rock to join in the fight against tobacco and other nicotine use on Wednesday, March 18th with a Silent March and Mock Funeral along Capitol Avenue, followed by a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative and other public health partners, Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Kids are sending two powerful messages on this day: They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.

Maumelle police offering their parking lot for online sales transactions

Maumelle police offering their parking lot for online sales transactions

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Police in Maumelle are offering their parking lot for the transaction of online sales.

According to a Facebook post made by Maumelle police, the idea was suggested by a follower of their page.

Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit

Businesses 'Pinkwash' donations into profit


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Every October, billions of dollars are donated towards awareness and research for breast cancer, but not every pink product that is purchased benefits the cause.

Last year, Business Insider found that only 8 percent of NFL pink merchandise proceeds went towards research with 88 percent going towards the corporations that made them.

"Each year, the public is spending billions of dollars on pink ribbon products. It's working for companies, it's not working for women," Karuna Jaggar said, executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a California-based advocacy group trying to bring awareness to pin-ribbon marketing known as 'pinkwashing'. "Research shows that if you put a pink ribbon on a product a company will sell more of them. I think what's happening is that companies are exploiting the public's good will."

Agritourism keeping Arkansas farms alive

Agritourism keeping Arkansas farms alive


MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - Have you picked out the perfect pumpkin yet? Or have you thought about going on a hayride? Fall activities like these are fun for you, but did you know they provide a secondary source of income for many Arkansas farmers?

As the name suggests, Agritourism combines agriculture and tourism by traveling to the farm to spend money on seasonal activities like pick-your-own and corn mazes. Agriculture experts predict Arkansas will have a stronger Agritourism year than ever before.

"This one," said Brady Grice.

With all his might, 5-year-old Brady Grice goes for the biggest one.

"Whoa," said Grice.

His family sets aside more than just a day for Fall fun.

"The Fall is by far my favorite time of the year," said Lisa Schaefers.

Lawsuit filed over Arkansas minimum wage measure

Lawsuit filed over Arkansas minimum wage measure


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court aiming to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage.

The lawsuit filed Monday asked justices to prevent the state from putting on the ballot the proposed initiated act, which would raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Election officials earlier this month certified the measure for the ballot.

The lawsuit claims the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for the measure, and also challenges the signatures submitted.

The attorney who filed the challenge did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The chairman of the group backing the wage hike said he was reviewing the lawsuit.

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