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Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.

20th Century Club's Lodge

20th Century Club's Lodge

Did you know that 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year? Maybe you know someone who has cancer or is receiving treatment — a friend, relative or a coworker. And it’s possible they travel to central Arkansas where a number of the nation’s premier cancer treatment facilities are located. Being far away from the comforts of home during this challenging time can be both frightening and frustrating. That’s why the 20th Century Club’s Lodge was founded — to make a difference in the lives of patients by giving hope away from home.

In a typical year, the 20th Century Club’s Lodge provides about 1,500 nights of no-cost housing to more than 240 patients. Our Lodge is more than a place to stay — it is a caring, compassionate environment that builds a bridge of hope over a chasm of worry.

UAPB coach, ex-NFL player leads Sunrise Service

UAPB coach, ex-NFL player leads Sunrise Service

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Monte Coleman, head coach for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) football team will deliver the keynote address during Sunrise Service Sunday, April 17 at 6:45 a.m. in Caldwell Hall auditorium. Music will also be rendered by Yard Voices of Praise. The event is free and open to the public.

He serves as one of the Pastors and Resident Evangelist at First Assembly in Pine Bluff. Monte Coleman became the 19th head football coach in UAPB history on November 19, 2007 and immediately began working to return the Golden Lion football program to the upper echelon of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Coleman’s story is truly a remarkable one. Despite not playing high school football, Coleman walked-on at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and became the first Bear in UCA history drafted into the professional football ranks.

Speech competition given in memory of UCA instructor

Speech competition given in memory of UCA instructor

By Rachel McAdams, College of Fine Arts and Communications Media Office

The first-ever Hilliard Showcase, a competition for University of Central Arkansas freshmen and sophomore speech students, will be featured Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in Thompson Hall, room 206.

The event is free and open to the public. Members of UCA and the Conway community are encouraged to attend. The winner of the competition will receive a $500 award, provided through the Olive M. Hilliard Award Fund.

The competition is held in memory of the late Olive M. Hilliard, a professor at UCA from 2003 until her death in 2010.

Everything in Cinderella’s Closet but the Prince

Everything in Cinderella’s Closet but the Prince

CONWAY, Ark. -- Every young lady deserves a magical night at her prom and UCA Sororities are making an effort to make this year’s prom just that.

Lindsey Osborne, Coordinator of Sorority Life for the five University Sororities, says “Cinderella’s Closet” allows young ladies to shop for their prom dresses and save money. The dresses sell for just $5 a piece making prom night more affordable. It gives some girls, who might not be able attend because of cost, a chance for a beautiful gown.

The Two-Day Sale was held recently at First Presbyterian Church in Conway where 50-60 girls were able to shop. Due to some mix-ups in dates, Osborne says the opportunity to shop is being extended. To arrange to try on dresses, call 501-450-5889.

Osborne says the UCA Sororities like to support local causes that help people right here at home.

Hungry, homeless: Who will help? Convicts will

Hungry, homeless: Who will help? Convicts will

CONWAY, Ark. -- Compassion comes to the homeless in the form of food from a restaurant that employs former convicts. Thus you now understand the name “The Big House Burger Joint”.

Co-owner/ Operator Shane Willbanks tells how he learned compassion for those who are homeless. “About 10 years ago I became a felon," says Wilbanks. "As a result of that I lost everything I knew, including my family, my career, my home, my friends, my money and my self-respect... thanks to God’s help, I never ended up serving time, but I was put on probation and given a large fine to pay.

Clean out your closet for a chance to win $2,500

Clean out your closet for a chance to win $2,500

Spring is the perfect time to take a fresh look at the clothing in your drawers and closets to decide what should stay and what should go. As you declutter, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas hopes you will keep them in mind by donating unwanted items. You could win $2,500.