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Faulkner County to receive StormReady designation

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The National Weather Service says it will recognize Faulkner County as a "StormReady" community next week.

Forecasters said that with the deaths in last April's tornado at Mayflower and Vilonia, the county now ranks fourth in tornado fatalities statewide since 1950.

A ceremony is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The "StormReady" program recognizes communities that have made a commitment to save lives and property when bad weather strikes. Forecasters noted that many Vilonia residents were able to take shelter in a community safe room. Nationally, 2,200 communities have the designation.

To be recognized as StormReady, a county must maintain a 24-hour emergency operations center and have several ways to receive weather warnings and alert the public. They also must conduct community preparedness programs and address bad weather in formal emergency plans.

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

Happy Holidays! List of events in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Here's a look at city holiday events all around Arkansas:



Conway Parade – Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; begins at Deer and Front Streets and ends at Mill Street



Hot Springs Parade – Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.; downtown Hot Springs



Pine Bluff Parade – Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.; downtown Pine Bluff



Holiday Crafts Open House - Dec. 20 Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park

Little Rock Parade – Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.; downtown Little Rock

Police: Missing Conway woman found

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – Conway Police were searching for a missing woman early Thursday morning.

According to the Conway Police Department, Loretta Gober has been found. No other details were made available.

Conway ranks 2 out of 50 for greatest affordable college towns

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – If you're looking for a great, affordable place to go to college, look no further than Conway.

According to Great Value Colleges, this city is undoubtedly a good place for getting a quality education without having to rack up a ton of debt. Former Secretary of Education Terrell Bear has even been quoted as saying that UCA is "an Ivy League education at a bargain basement price."

In addition to the University of Central Arkansas, Conway is also home to Hendrix College and Central Baptist University.

See the full list here: http://on.kthv.com/1p1xSvS

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Local stores focus on Christmas shopping early

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Now that political ads are over, Christmas ads begin.

Stores in downtown Conway are getting a jump on the all-important shopping season three weeks before Black Friday rolls in and malls begin to dominate the market.

Store owner Eric Sward told THV11 that he's not trying start Christmas shopping too early—he's trying to give his customers what they want.

"Probably about two weeks ago we had people coming in asking for gifts to be wrapped for Christmas, and if you look at the sales this year, they're steadily going up," he shared.

Conway has been holding this kickoff shopping day for 40 years. In addition to getting an early start, it also gives some spouses a chance to gather gifts while the rest of the family is in the deer woods.

Pancake breakfast raises money for Habitat for Heroes

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - With Veteran's Day on Tuesday, one Faulkner County organization spent its Sunday raising money for local heroes.

Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County hosted a pancake breakfast at Stoby's in Conway. The fundraiser benefits the group's Habitat for Heroes program, which helps military veterans in need of home-repairs

Veterans Day deals available to troops