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Conway's Homeless Shelter Raises $36,000 to Benefit Bethlehem House

Conway's Homeless Shelter Raises $36,000 to Benefit Bethlehem House

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - Bethlehem House, Conway’s homeless shelter, recently raised over $36,000 during the Tenth Annual Valentine Gala and Auction.

This was the first year for the Jewelry Hunt from Dayer Jewelers. Forty boxes were sold for $50 each, one box contained a Chatham Aquamarine and Diamond pendant valued at $1,100 won by Tess Fletcher of Conway. All other boxes contained a gift certificate for a meal from David’s Burgers.

Bethlehem House is a non-profit shelter that depends on support from local churches, organizations and individuals. Funds from the Valentine Gala and Auction go to the Operational Fund for day-to-day operations.

Bethlehem House has a mission to change the life situations of the homeless and nearly homeless in our community. To obtain more information, volunteer with or donate to Bethlehem House, call (501) 329-4862 or visit bethlehemhouse.net.


LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LRFW accepting designers and volunteers for events

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (LRFW) - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is accepting fashion designer’s applications for the seventh annual LRFW, which is scheduled for July 13 through 18. The application deadline is April 7, 2015.

Founded by entertainment producer Brandon Campbell in 2009, LRFW has showcased over 95 fashion brands by local, national, international and student designers; been attended by fashion and entertainment executives from E! Entertainment, Style Network, MTV, NBC, Dillard's, Belk, Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles), Harding University, Savannah College of Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Past designers have gone on to have their clothing lines worn by celebrities and showcased at presentations during New York Fashion Week.

Update: Man suspected of stealing Ark. patrol car in custody

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) – A man who is accused of stealing a patrol car is now in custody.

On Tuesday around 2 a.m., a deputy reportedly tried to make a traffic stop in the area of Hwy 286 and Caney Creek Road, and it resulted in a pursuit.

The suspect vehicle is said to have lost control, and wrecked the car near Caney Creek and Amity Road.

When the deputy tried to make contact with the suspect, a struggle ensued. The suspect, later identified as Tyler J. Beene, 44, managed to get the weapon away from the deputy. Beene fled from the scene in the deputy's patrol car with the lights and siren activated on Caney Creek Rd towards Foothills Dr.

Approximately 50 minutes later, the patrol car was reportedly found abandoned on Betty Ln.

Deputies said Beene was arrested Tuesday around 4 p.m.

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Ark. Youth Leadership Initiative) - Kids from across Arkansas will convene in Little Rock to join in the fight against tobacco and other nicotine use on Wednesday, March 18th with a Silent March and Mock Funeral along Capitol Avenue, followed by a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative and other public health partners, Arkansas Tobacco Free Kids Day is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. Kids are sending two powerful messages on this day: They want the tobacco companies to stop targeting them with marketing for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products and they want elected leaders to do more to protect them from tobacco.

Conway to launch downtown Food Truck Park

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - They are staples in big cities across the country, from San Francisco to New York.

Food trucks are unique, convenient lunch options, and one town hopes to bring the love of street food permanently to the area.

Nathan Sullinger, owner of Nate's Hot Dog Haven, hopes to make the temporary restaurants a fixture in the area.

"We tried some things downtown recently the last few years and they were ok but we've been looking for a more permanent location for a while now," said Sullinger.

A vacant parking lot downtown will soon become the Conway Food Truck Park every Tuesday through Saturday.

Holocaust survivor shares his story at UCA

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - It was a night of reflection on UCA's campus as dozens of people and one man looked back on the horrors of WWII.

On Monday evening, Gideon Frieder, a holocaust survivor, shared his story with the masses. Frieder was just two years old when the war started.

His father was part of Slovakia's underground secret Jewish rescue organization.

At age seven, he, his mother and his sister fled to the mountains where they were found and killed.

He was found injured and was rescued by Jewish partisan Henry Herzog.

"The Slovak government eventually paid the Germans for every Jew the Germans took away from Slovakia and killed," Frieder said.

UCA student living out of bread truck to save money

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -Since 1985, the cost of attending college has more than doubled.

It's caused families to adjust how they spend, and it's made students more mindful of where their money goes—Brandon Blume is one of those students.

By most normal standards, you could describe Blume as an everyday college junior. He goes to work, goes to school and does well.

He's mostly normal because before he goes to work or class Blume travels from his home, which happens to be a 1982 Chevy Grummans.

"I've got an AC unit-- a composting toilet," Blume said as he toured his living space.

Since November, Brandon has been living out of bread truck he parks in a friendly neighbor's lawn.

"Not having refrigeration, I eat a lot more fruits than veggies," he continued.