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Valentine Gala and Auction success for Conway's Homeless Shelter

Valentine Gala and Auction success for Conway's Homeless Shelter

CONWAY, Ark. - The recent Valentine Gala and Auction benefiting the Bethlehem House in Conway yielded more than $32,000.

The event, held at oneChurch, was a sell-out for the fourth year in a row. Tyler Sellers of Preston Palmer Studios provided entertainment. The meal was provided by Pasta Grill, Stoby’s and PattiCakes.

Funds came from table sponsorships and the sale of items donated by individuals and local businesses. For the second year, a jewelry hunt sponsored by Dayer Jewelers added $2,500 to the fundraiser’s earnings. 

Local churches invited to partner with Bethlehem House in battle to feed the hungry with Empty Bowls

Local churches invited to partner with Bethlehem House in battle to feed the hungry with Empty Bowls

CONWAY, Ark. - National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This year, the Bethlehem House is partnering with local churches to bring that awareness to a community level through its annual Empty Bowls event.

“Many children and adults go to bed hungry each night, across the world and across the street,” Bethlehem House Executive Director Judi Lively said. “This year, we are inviting churches throughout Faulkner County to join this fight by hosting their own Empty Bowls event for their congregation.”

The proceeds of these events will be used to support the work of Bethlehem House. 

Bethlehem House has as its mission to improve the life situations of the homeless and nearly homeless in the community. In addition to offering a home for the homeless, the shelter provides an evening meal daily and operates a food pantry to serve the needs of those who do not have adequate resources for food.

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

Members of Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Arkansas staff to participate in ‘No-Shave November’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Several staff members of Taziki's Mediterranean Café at their locations throughout Arkansas in North Little Rock, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Conway and Little Rock have decided to participate in ‘No-Shave November,’ a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose. Participants are encouraged to donate the money they would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.

Taziki’s has its own ‘team’ page on No-Shave November’s website, where donations can be made to support these efforts.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

Conway Public Schools observing Arkansas School Bus Safety Week

Conway Public Schools observing Arkansas School Bus Safety Week

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Starting October 19 until October 23, Conway Schools will join forces with the State of Arkansas to promote School Bus Safety Week.

Every day in the Conway School District, 3,673 students are transported on school buses. Bus drivers cover more than 3,600 total miles each day with parents’ most precious cargo, their children. 

“Safety on our school buses is a top priority,” says Ed Dow, Transportation Supervisor for Conway Public Schools.  “We work year round to make sure we get all our kids to and from school safely each and every day.”

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

Comedian brings laughter to Maumelle assisted living facility

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Stand-up comedian Mark Klein is bringing his talents to an assisted living facility in Maumelle with a personal goal of performing for the severely underserved senior market. 

“My dad is in his 90s,” says Klein. “If he still enjoys comedy, I see no reason other folks his age won’t enjoy it as well.” 

Klein began his professional stand-up career during the comedy boom of the 80s. Since then, he’s gone on to conquer the cruise ship circuit and corporate comedy gigs. He has been profiled by CBS, GQ Magazine and Forbes. Now, Mark is setting out to perform for seniors in need of a good laugh. 

“Just because they are older, doesn't mean they have lost their need for laughter and love of comedy.”

Klein will perform at Elmcroft Senior Living located at 100 Bringler Drive in Maumelle on November 2. It will last from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.

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.