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Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

Officials fight spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Last month, The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed an elk was the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the natural state. Since then, two deer have also tested positive for the deadly disease.

While the disease can’t be contracted to humans, it is still something Arkansans should take seriously.

Conway univeristy continues to give back

Conway univeristy continues to give back

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The University of Central Arkansas in Conway is continuing their tradition of giving back to the city by holding their second annual Day of Giving. 

Set for March 17, students, faculty, staff and alumni of the university will go around town helping those who need it most. Tasks such as raking, picking up trash and cleaning homes are including in what the UCA Bears will be doing to help those in the community. It is all a part of one big goal, and that is to raise funds that will go towards emergency student scholarships. 

“Spring 2015 was our first Day of Giving and the response was phenomenal. This is an important initiative on campus and we encourage all alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students to help in this effort. Every gift, regardless of size, really helps,” said President Tom Courtway.

Emergency student scholarships are one-time scholarships given to students who find themselves in dire straits.

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

Oaklawn cancels Thursday's races

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Oaklawn management made the decision to cancel Thursday’s nine-race card after more than five inches of rain left the track too saturated for racing.

“The safety of the horses and riders is always our first concern,” said Director of Racing David Longinotti. “The rain began about 3 p.m. Tuesday and has barely stopped since.”

Oaklawn remains open for gaming and simulcast racing. The game room will remain open until 3 a.m. 

Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday with a 1:30 p.m. first post. 

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

How to find out about road conditions; it’s not by calling 911

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – With more winter weather in the forecast, many will soon want to know about road conditions. Here is a look at different ways you can learn about the current road conditions in your area:

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Check out iDriveArkansas.com.

Tribute Tree to light up holidays for loved ones

Tribute Tree to light up holidays for loved ones

CONWAY, Ark. - The Conway Regional Health Foundation will hold its annual Tribute Tree lighting ceremony at the Medical Center on Thursday, Dec. 3.

The lights that adorn the tree will be lit at 6 p.m. in honor or in memory of loved ones and friends.

The special tree lighting is a family-oriented event that will include:

·         A visit from Santa Claus

·         Christmas music by a Just in Time men’s quartet

·         A book signing by Caryn E. Southerland of Conway, author of “Ozark Christmas” and “Cowboy               Christmas.”

·         Hot coco, cider and cookies will be served.

UCA accounting student awarded $10K scholarship

UCA accounting student awarded $10K scholarship

CONWAY, Ark. — A University of Central Arkansas accounting student has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

UCA graduate student Melissa McDowell of Little Rock was one of 84 students from various colleges and universities in the U.S. to be selected for the PCAOB scholarship.

McDowell graduated from UCA in May 2015 with a bachelor of business administration in accounting and is currently pursuing a master of accountancy.

McDowell said that the faculty in the Department of Accounting was contacted to recommend a student for the scholarship.

“I was shocked and honored that they would think so highly of me. I respect my teachers very much and for them to choose me is immensely flattering,” said McDowell.

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.