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UPDATE: Kidnapped child safe, father and grandfather arrested


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – The 4-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped Friday morning has been found safe, according to LaTresha Woodruff with the Conway Police Department; this information comes after an afternoon of changing information in this case.

Late Friday morning, Woodruff said a 4-year-old had been taken from her Conway home by her non-custodial father, Nakia Gibbs, and his father, Johnny Gibbs, earlier that day. A search took place looking for the three people and the vehicle they were believed to be in, a tan Mercury Grand Marquis with Arkansas tag 519 SHM.

At about 3 p.m. Friday, Woodruff told THV11 that the girl had been located at the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, where both Gibbs men had been arrested.

The information continued to change to say that none of the three Gibbs were located or in custody.

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Ruling: Faulkner County Judge Can Remain on Ballot

Ruling: Faulkner County Judge Can Remain on Ballot

Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension... Read More

Ruling: Faulkner judge can remain on ballot


CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Another Arkansas judge has been ruled eligible for office after his candidacy was challenged because of a temporary license suspension.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday that Circuit Judge H.G. Foster is eligible for the ballot. Foster's candidacy had been challenged because his license was temporarily suspended because of late payment of annual dues.

State law says a person must be a licensed attorney for six years to be eligible for a judgeship.

Similar rulings have been made in favor of judicial candidate Angela Byrd and Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox.

Doralee Chandler, who is running against Foster, filed the challenge. Chandler tells the Log Cabin Democrat that she hasn't yet decided whether to appeal Griffen's ruling.

'Heroes for Hope' 5K in Conway


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – We inducted new heroes to our THV Hero Central Wednesday morning.

The Children's Advocacy Alliance of Conway helps children before and during adoption through the services it provides to them, as well as through the assistance it provides to the Division of Children and Family Services and court system. The alliance is a joint venture with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to work together to advocate in the child's best interest during this whole process, through the initial investigation, court case, services and DHS case.

The alliance is holding its annual Heroes for Hope 5K & 10K and kid's Superhero 1K on Saturday, April 19. It is one of the important fundraisers our nonprofit agency uses to raise the money needed to keep our doors open to provide the many services to abused children in central Arkansas.

Hammock Farm allows students to enjoy outdoors at CBC


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- New this week to the Central Baptist College's campus and gaining lots of attention from students is the CBC Hammock Farm.

Constructed over the past few weeks by the CBC Maintenance crew, the Farm allows for nine hammocks to be hung at one time. Students can bring their own or rent hammocks from the Student Services department.

With the great weather expected today and this weekend, you can expect many students to be out enjoying the outdoors. The Hammock Farm is bringing lots of attention from current students and potential recruits, as many have not seen anything like it on a college campus.

Pictured is CBC President Terry Kimbrow trying out one of the Hammocks.


Police officer arrested for Internet stalking children

Police officer arrested for Internet stalking children

A former Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested Thursday in a child Internet stalking sting arranged by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

According to Chief Deputy Matt Rice, Josh George, 30, of Guy, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Kroger parking lot at Salem Road in Conway, where he thought he was to meet with a woman and her children for the purpose of having sex with her and her two female minor children, ages 9 and 12.

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