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Blood drive in Conway honors firefighter

Blood drive in Conway honors firefighter

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The annual Badges & Hoses Blood Drive will be held Thursday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McGee Center.  

It’s traditionally a friendly competition to see which department, police or fire, can solicit the most blood donations.  However, this year the Conway Police Department decided to donate in honor of Wayne Hartness, Conway Firefighter who died on September 7 of 2015 after a battle with cancer. 

Officials are encouraging others to do the same.  There will be some sort of memorial tribute there for the public to sign, and it will be given to his family.

If you wish for your blood donation to be a quick trip, it is highly recommended by Red Cross officials that you visit www.redcrossblood.org and schedule an appointment using the sponsor code CFSC.


AETN examines Arkansas Common Core state standards

AETN examines Arkansas Common Core state standards

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) - The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) examines Common Core State Standards in “Arkansans Ask: What is Common Core?,” airing Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.

Steve Barnes moderates this discussion of Arkansas’s Common Core State Standards in a special episode of “Arkansans Ask” with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Cabot Public School District Superintendent Tony Thurman, Ph.D. Topics will include an overview of the current standards and how curriculum works to achieve those standards.

Viewers may submit questions and comments by calling 1-800-662-2386, emailing paffairs@aetn.org, or tweeting #ARASK.

4th Annual Author Fair: Faulkner County Library to host local writers

4th Annual Author Fair: Faulkner County Library to host local writers

CONWAY, Ark. — Faulkner County Library is hosting its 4th Annual Local Author Fair on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participating authors represent a variety of genres including nonfiction, children’s books, poetry, novels and much more. 

At least 19 local authors are scheduled to participate in this year’s event. Authors will be promoting their published works and will be available to talk and sell their books to the public. 

Nancy Allen, the Faulkner County Library librarian and founder of this event said, “There is an enormous number of working authors in our area. There are other literary events in central Arkansas, but none specifically for Conway and Faulkner County, and I felt like our local talent was being overlooked.” 

UCA among "Top Public Schools" in the south

UCA among "Top Public Schools" in the south

CONWAY, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas continues to rank among the top 30 best regional public institutions in the South, according to the 2016 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report released on Sept. 9.

UCA maintained its ranking of 29 in the category of "Top Public Schools" among regional universities in the South. A regional university is defined as an institution that provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Universities in the “Best Regional Universities” category were ranked against their peer groups in one of four geographic regions. Generally, these universities draw students most heavily from surrounding states, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

IMPACT announces next community meeting

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The IMPACT Independence County Planning Committee has announced that the next community meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6-7 p.m. in Independence Hall on the UACCB campus.

The final results of the IMPACT survey will be revealed at the community meeting, and the planning committee will give information to those interested in serving on an IMPACT Independence County committee. Chairs and co-chairs for each committee will be nominated, and dates for future committee meetings will be determined.

The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Center for Community and Economic Development will provide a training on Thursday, Sept. 17 at UACCB in Room 104 at 6 p.m. for the selected chair and co-chairs for each IMPACT committee.

UCA Theatre to host Katie Campbell for puppetry workshop series

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - Alpha Psi Omega, University of Central Arkansas’s honorary theatre society, will host Katie Campbell to present a public lecture, “What is Puppetry?” on Saturday, September 19.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at the Bridges/Larson Theatre in the Snow Fine Arts Center at 6:00 p.m.

Campbell is a director, actor, playwright, puppeteer, and teaching artist. Her shadow puppet play, “The Ugly Duckling,” has revived a 2015 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant and national attention.

“The opportunity to have Katie Campbell teach these workshops is exciting because it explores a different facet of theatre. This knowledge will expand and diversify our theatre skills, and I know it will inspire Alpha Psi Omega, theatre students, and all who attend,” states Jordyn Daniels, UCA Theatre senior and Alpha Psi Omega president. 

UCA's Laney-Manion Hall plaque dedication ceremony

UCA's Laney-Manion Hall plaque dedication ceremony

CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees and President Tom Courtway will host a Plaque Dedication for Laney-Manion Hall at 2 p.m. Friday, August 21 in Room 102 of Laney-Manion Hall.

The Board of Trustees approved the renaming of Laney Hall to Laney-Manion Hall in December 2014 to honor the late Dr. Jerald “Jerry” M. Manion.

At the time of his death in July 2014, Manion was the longest serving professor in the history of UCA. Manion spent 49 years at UCA working in the Department of Chemistry as a professor, chair, mentor, friend, and ambassador for the department.