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HUD reports decrease in homelessness in Arkansas

HUD reports decrease in homelessness in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 30, 2014) – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced on Thursday HUD's latest estimate of homelessness in the U.S., noting a continued overall decline in the total number of persons experiencing homelessness and significant reductions particularly among veterans and those persons living on the streets. In Arkansas, homelessness had declined by 23 percent since last year.

U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times

U.S. Postal Service shares dates for best Christmas delivery times

The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up to help customers ship some 15 and a half billion cards, letters and packages in time for Christmas.

It's also aiming to cash in on the holiday by offering festive stamps, packaging and even gift cards.

To make sure your package is delivered on time, the agency suggests sending gifts a little early.

Taking advantage of the postal services online postage and free package pick-up may help as well.

To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

Dec. 2 - First-Class Mail International

Dec. 2 - Priority Mail International

Dec. 10 - Priority Mail Express International

Dec. 15 - Standard Post

Dec. 17 - Global Express Guaranteed

UCA and Conway community donating teddy bears for "Share a Bear"

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The UCA Sociology Club, campus police, Log Cabin Democrat and the Conway Police Department are collecting teddy bears for their "Share a Bear" program.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the teddy bears will go to children in those situations.

"…just to be able to have something, an item like a teddy bear that our officers can give children when they encounter them in those sorts of calls could help ease their frustration or keep them from being as scared, to feel like they have a friend there with them," said Latresha Woodruff, PIO officer at the Conway Police Department.

Remaining bears will be donated to the Women's Shelter, Haven, Bethlehem House, and other local agencies.

Purple Cow, Yarnell's host milkshake-drinking contest to benefit Bethlehem House

CONWAY, Ark. (Bethlehem House) – The Purple Cow Restaurant and Yarnell's Ice Cream will host a milkshake-drinking contest Sunday, Oct. 26, as a fundraiser for Bethlehem House transitional shelter for individuals and families in Conway.

The competition, called Brain Freeze, is based on who can drink the most milkshakes in three minutes. The winner in each category wins free milkshakes from the Purple Cow for a year. There is also a prize for the individual that raises the most money, as well as the one with the most community support. Each contestant receives a wristband and a T-shirt. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the green space at Hendrix Village.

There will also be free activities for kids, including face painting, tattoos and pumpkin painting, and Yarnell's will be selling scoops of ice cream. ALL proceeds benefit Bethlehem House.

Conway man arrested for aggravated assault

CONWAY, Ark. (October 23, 2014) - A Conway man was arrested on Wednesday night after a shooting on Clements Lane.

James Barker, 50, was reportedly arrested for felony aggravated assault.

Deputies responded to the scene where a man had been shot in the arm. Investigators also arrived and determined that Barker and the victim got into an argument and at some point during the argument Barker shot the man in the arm.

According to police, Sheriff's Investigators arrested Barker and he is being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center.

The victim was taken to Conway Regional Medical Center and in stable condition.

Stay with THV11 and THV11.com for more information as it becomes available.

UCA students protest Rapert rally on campus

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - A political rally on UCA's campus drew major criticism from a group of students on Tuesday night.

Protesters gathered in front of Reynolds performance hall expressing frustration with Senator Jason Rapert's "Stand Up America" event.

It's common for the University of Central Arkansas to rent out the Reynolds performance hall for community events, but tonight a group of students are protesting the school's decision to allow a controversial Arkansan as a featured guest.

"The truth is overwhelming 75 percent of Arkansans have stated they believe marriage is between one man and one woman."

You may recognize him from the popular T.V. show, 19 Kids and Counting, but reality star and native Arkansan Josh Duggar is now a major player in political activism, and Tuesday night he was in Conway to support state senator Jason Rapert.

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

IPDRA working to finish rebuilding what the storm left behind

MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) – The central Arkansas community still needs the help of lending hands following April’s deadly tornado. One organization is working in coordination with the Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance and the Faulkner County Long-Term Recovery Board to get volunteers out to these devastated areas of the state in an effort to help finish rebuilding what the storm left behind.

Inter-Faith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IPDRA) is made up of several faith-based and voluntary organizations that are working together to secure volunteers, material resources, and funding to meet the needs of others living in Faulkner County and beyond.